Atlanta author and Kennesaw State University English professor Greg Johnson has published his 11th book, the collection Women I've Known: New and Selected Short Stories (Ontario Review Press), which features 24 tales frequently involving Southern women. Johnson will be reading from and signing copies of Women I've Known at Outwrite Books Wednesday, June 6, at 8 p.m.
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