Lawrence author to launch new speculative fiction book at Raven Book Store event

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A local author will soon launch her newest book, which is full of imaginative stories from nature’s perspective.

Kij Johnson is set to talk about her new book, “The Privilege of the Happy Ending: Small, Medium, and Large Stories,” at an upcoming Raven Book Store event. The book is Johnson’s second collection of speculative fiction stories, according to an event page on the Raven’s website.

“Here you will encounter dreamlands, talking chickens, stranger beasts, and also the ghastly spectre of Toad Hall in narratives of ranging forms, from classically told tales to playfully post-modern work,” the event page says of the book.

Kij Johnson

“The Privilege of the Happy Ending” is a collection of 14 speculative and experimental stories that explore nature, animal intelligences, gender and more. And it features various story lengths meant to fit each reader best.

The Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Convention awards are among the several accolades Johnson has earned as an author. In addition to writing her own work, Johnson teaches creative writing, novel idea generation, and science fiction and fantasy literature. She also serves as an associate director of the Ad Astra Institute for Science Fiction and the Speculative Imagination.

After an evening of storytelling, Johnson will answer audience questions and sign books for folks.

“The Privilege of the Happy Ending: Small, Medium, and Large Stories” release event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Raven Book Store, 809 Massachusetts St. in downtown Lawrence. It’s free to attend.

Visit the event page, via the Raven’s website, to learn more as well as order a copy of the book. Copies can be purchased online and in-store.

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