Witchcraft and Detective Work
Michael Stanley’s latest African police mystery
Soon the pair is tracking a series of possible murders that may be connected to muti, a traditional African potion used by witch doctors and said to be made more virile by adding human remains. Superstition and witchcraft are at the center of this gritty mystery that provides a stunning portrait of modern-day Africa through its complex plotlines and intriguing characters.
Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Both are natives of Johannesburg, South Africa who created the Kubu detective series in 2008. Sears currently lives in Johannesburg and Trollip splits time between South Africa and Minneapolis. The writing duo will speak at Books & Company in Oconomowoc on Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m.
2 p.m., May 19
Books & Company
1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc
Wisconsin writer Jerry Apps explores life in the Great Depression in his epistolary novel, Letters from Hillside Farm. The letter writer, 12-year old George, is a Cleveland kid forced to move to the Wisconsin countryside when his dad loses his job. George must adjust to life without indoor plumbing but tries to enjoy the experience as a great adventure.
Janet I. Award
6 p.m., May 20
Stackner Cabaret, 108 E. Wells St.
Janet Martin, who passed away last year, was a Whitefish Bay public school teacher whose enthusiasm for literature inspired several generations of young writers. Finalists for the Martin Award include four area high school teachers, Katie Delutio, Robin Harris, Maeve McFadden and Jennifer Nichols.