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An illustration of an ornate box turtle, published in "A Kansas Bestiary."

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Book signing event features authors, illustrator of ‘Kansas Bestiary’

Copies of “A Kansas Bestiary” will be for sale at an upcoming event hoped to celebrate the book’s hard-cover release and raise funds for the Kansas Land Trust.

Friends' 'Kansas Bestiary' tells stories of 15 native animals

"A Kansas Bestiary," from three Lawrence-area friends who share an interest in nature and conservation, draws on a medieval tradition to tell the stories of 15 animals that represent the state of Kansas. Using watercolor illustrations and essays, it connects the animals to literature, American Indian traditions, Kansas' past and more. Like its European ancestors from 800 or so years ago, this Kansas bestiary is no encyclopedia. But that doesn't mean it didn't require painstaking work to produce the essays and watercolor illustrations devoted to 15 different creatures native to the state. By Matt Erickson


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