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Gunflower: An Evening of Stories with Laura Jean McKay

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Laura Jean McKay with Jessica Gaitán Johannesson

Please note that this event will now be virtual due to the storm. The livestream will appear here just before 7pm.

Does your heart beat a little extra for short, punchy glimpses of weird worlds? Then this is the event for you!

Laura Jean is the Arthur C. Clarke Award–winning author of The Animals in that Country. Now she's back with a brand new collection of short stories, Gunflower., and we couldn't be more delighted to welcome her to the shop.

About the Book

A family of cat farmers gets the chance to set the felines free. A group of chickens tells it like it is. A female-crewed ship ploughs through the patriarchy. A support group finds solace in a world without men. With her trademark humour, energy, and flair, McKay offers glimpses of places where dreams subsume reality, where childhood restarts, where humans embrace their animal selves and animals talk like humans. The stories in Gunflower explode and bloom in mesmerising ways, showing the world both as it is and as it could be.

Laura Jean McKay will be in conversation with Jessica Gaitán Johannesson

About the speakers:

Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe, 2020) — winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Victorian Prize for Literature, and the ABIA Small Publishers Adult Book of the Year, and co-winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Laura is also the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc., 2013). She was awarded the NZSA Waitangi Day Literary Honours in 2022.

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