More than 60 writers are coming to this year’s Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, and I’ll be there, too, with copies of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH in tow. This Saturday, come to UW-Waukesha from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a whole day chock-full of art, expression, and letters as the university celebrates it’s 50th anniversary with current and retired faculty and alumni gathered for this special event. In other words: if you’re a fan of books and storytelling, you should definitely be there.
The day starts at 9:00 a.m. with a breakfast session with bestselling novelist Jane Hamilton and hosted by former festival keynote speaker Kathie Giorgio. Then, enjoy the rest of the day by taking in panel discussions, enjoying an original cabaret inspired by TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, or appreciating the works of Shorewood High School’s AP art students. And don’t forget the Writer’s Marketplace. That’s where I’ll be hunkered down for most of the day, signing copies of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH.
In THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, Jared Dix, a freshly-minted high school graduate who’s happy just to be free of the social anxiety high school brought, finds out that his house has a dark past. Half a century earlier, it was used as a rum-running station for a Capone rival. Blood was shed, and bodies were buried. But now, in the summer of 1984, the skeletons are coming out of the closet, and when Jared learns the truth about what’s happening to his family, he knows he’s the only one who can stop it.
Horror enthusiast Justin Hamelin will be signing copies of his short story collection, THE DARKEST CORNER, in the Writer’s Marketplace, too. Hamelin is also a notable non-fiction writer, having won a 2016 Rondo Hatton Award for his essay, “Remembering Christopher Lee” published in RAVENOUS MONSTER MAGAZINE. The Rondos honor the legacy of Rondo Hatton, who parlayed his unique facial structure into starring roles in THE PEARL OF DEATH (1944), HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946), and THE BRUTE MAN (1946).
Brought to you, in part, by All Writers Workplace, Books & Company-Oconomowoc, BMO Harris Bank, Century Fence Company, Country Springs Hotel, Greater Waukesha Literacy, Holiday Inn-Pewaukee, Literacy for All, Meli Bar & Restaurant, Waukesha Reads! and Waukesha State Bank, the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books happens Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha at 1500 N. University Drive. Admission and parking are free, but bring a few bucks for books. You’ll be glad you did.
Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, now available from Post Mortem Press.