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In Search of Golianthus Hercules - Jennifer Angus - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2013 - 11:30am</span>

In Search of Golianthus Hercules

10/20/2013 - 11:30am

Central Library - Childrens

Jennifer Angus will read and show illustrations from her debut novel, In Search of Golianthus Hercules.  In 1890 England, 10-year-old Henri discovers that not only can he communicate with insects but that he, too, is among their tribe. Debut author Angus builds this fantastical premise with well-placed scenes in which Henri’s own deep skepticism cleverly encourages the reader to join willingly in his discoveries, which include a housefly that can read and members of a flea circus whose performance improves when Henri translates the ringmaster’s orders. Even as his concerns become increasingly concentrated on the small world of insects, his world seems to grow. The disappearance of Henri’s father creates a framing mystery that builds on the themes of identity and metamorphosis and wraps up in a satisfying and original denouement. Illustrated with period postcards and other historical images, this moving, well-conceived novel blends the spirit of Franz Kafka and the sly humor of Eva Ibbotson and is accessible for new fantasy readers while offering something different to established fantasy fans.

Jennifer Angus

About Presenter Jennifer Angus


Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). Jennifer has exhibited her work internationally including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and Spain. In Search of Goliathus Hercules is her debut novel.


In Search of Golianthus Hercules

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