The Rabbit Room is delighted to be taking some of it’s best and brightest on the road in 2019. At each convention we’ll be hosting four Rabbit Room sessions featuring authors like Andrew Peterson (The Wingfeather Saga), Jonathan Rogers (The Wilderking Trilogy), Jennifer Trafton (Henry & the Chalk Dragon), Helena Sorensen (The Shiloh Series), and Douglas McKelvey (Every Moment Holy). Come join us as we explore the power of storytelling and the significance of a faithful imagination.
THE RABBIT ROOM was conceived as an experiment in creative community. After author/singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson’s first visit to the Oxford home of C. S. Lewis, he returned to Nashville with a conviction that community nourishes good and lasting work. The Rabbit Room, the name of the back room of the pub where the Oxford Inklings (including Lewis, Tolkien, and Charles Williams) shared their stories, began as a simple blog of contributing authors, songwriters, artists, and pastors.
Over the years, with the help of Andrew’s brother, author A. S. “Pete” Peterson, as well as encouragement from the loyal Rabbit Room contributors and readers, the Rabbit Room has grown to include podcasts, a thriving music and book store, Rabbit Room Press, a yearly conference called Hutchmoot, The Local Show, and an office in a 150-year-old farmhouse called North Wind Manor.
We hope your interaction with the Rabbit Room on the Road at the GHC events is a blessing to you and your families.
Learn more about Rabbit Room on the Road by visiting their website.
Andrew Peterson is the author of Christie Award-winning Wingfeather Saga and the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter of more than ten albums including “The Burning Edge of Dawn” and “Light for the Lost Boy”. He is also the president of The Rabbit Room, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the gospel and building community through art, music, and story.
The remote descendent of Scottish horse-thieving ancestors, Douglas Kaine McKelvey has already bested the dubious achievements of his predecessors by authoring five published books and penning lyrics for more than 250 songs recorded by a variety of artists including Kenny Rogers, Switchfoot, and Jason Gray.
Douglas is currently completing the manuscript for a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel, and developing a feature film comedy-drama project with RuckusFilms.
McKelvey was born in New Hampshire and raised in East Texas, but now dwells in the long shadows somewhere south of Nashville with his Norwegianish wife and their three half-Norwegianish daughters who seem (strangely) to grow older with each passing year.
He also has a small, fearless dog that believes it can fly.
Jonathan Rogers is the author of The Wilderking Trilogy, The Charlatan’s Boy, The World According to Narnia, Saint Patrick, and The Terrible Speed of Mercy. He often refers to his fiction as “fantasy stories told in an American accent,” and his tales find more in common with Twain than with Tolkien. He studied English at Furman University and at Vanderbilt University (where he earned a PhD).
Jennifer Trafton is the author of two books, Henry and the Chalk Dragon and The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic. Before finding her calling in children’s literature, she received a masters degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and did further graduate work in religion, history, and literature at Duke University before serving as the managing editor of a history magazine for four years. She currently teaches creative writing classes for children both online and at libraries Nashville, Tennessee.
Randall Goodgame is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and the founder of Slugs & Bugs Family Music. In the early 2000’s, Randall Goodgame was an indie singer/songwriter, releasing CDs of his own and writing a slew of songs for Caedmon’s Call, Ginny Owens and other notable artists. He and good friend Andrew Peterson were touring together and began writing songs together for their young children. The informal collaboration led to the 2007 release of what both assumed would be a small side project: Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies.
The surprise success of Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies led to an invitation to write silly songs for VeggieTales. While writing for VeggieTales, Randall found his calling – writing music for families – and Slugs & Bugs Family Music was born! With the release of A Slugs & Bugs Christmas in 2010, and Slugs & Bugs Under Where? in 2011 Slugs & Bugs grew rapidly on the strength of the music and a busy tour schedule.
Over the last 7 years, Goodgame has performed Slugs & Bugs LIVE concerts all over the U.S. and Canada, and as far away as the U.K., Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Uganda.
Sing the Bible – Volume 1, a collection of word-for-word Scripture songs released in 2014, (supported by the joyful vocals of the African Children’s Choir on several tracks) marked the fourth installment in the wildly funny, theologically substantial, and infectiously singable Slugs & Bugs catalog.
In response to the enthusiastic embrace of the concept by families across the U.S. and the world, Sing the Bible – Volume 2 was released in 2016. The series is set to expand in 2017 and 2018 with Sing the Bible – Christmas and Sing the Bible – Volume 3, which focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus.
“These songs were written to make Scripture memorization a memorable and powerful experience for the family.” said Goodgame. “The Scriptures tell us who God is, who Jesus is, and why he matters. The Bible tells us how much he loves us, and the lengths he went to in order to save us. All the history and stories and instruction help build a foundation of understanding, on which we can – by the power of the Holy Spirit – build a relationship with him.”
“My grand hope is that Slugs & Bugs songs will help parents embrace and even celebrate their own moment by moment need for Jesus in front of their kids, so that they can have real, honest conversations about what a life of faith looks like: loving, listening, following, failing, repenting, and returning—often all in the same day.”
Helena Sorensen believes in the transformative power of words and stories, and in the power of the voices that speak them. Before she became a mom, she studied music, taught English, and dabbled in poetry and songwriting. These days, when she’s not playing “royal ball” or “royal feast” with her daughter or doing science experiments with her son, she’s hiking with friends at Radnor Lake or talking books with her husband. Of course, she might be at her kitchen table writing fantasy novels. She is the author of The Shiloh Series, including Shiloh, Seeker, and Songbird.