January 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Pretorius Gives Reading as Part of Africa@OHIO Colloquium, Jan. 25

Michelle Pretorius, creative writing doctoral student

Michelle Pretorius, creative writing doctoral student

On Jan. 25, creative writing doctoral student Michelle Pretorius will be the featured speaker in the Africa@OHIO Colloquium series. Pretorius’s talk is from noon until 1 p.m. in Baker 231.

The series, which gives OHIO students, faculty, and invited scholars a forum in which to share their Africa-focused work, is sponsored by the African Studies program and the Center for International Studies.

Pretorius, who hails from South Africa, will discuss her debut novel, The Monster’s Daughter, and will give a short reading from the book.

Cover of The Monster's Daugther

Michelle Pretorius’s debut novel in was published in July 2016

The Monster’s Daughter takes as one of its two main characters Alet Berg, a female constable in the modern South African Police Force who finds herself in the midst of a murder mystery that spans multiple generations. Tessa is the novel’s second female protagonist. Pretorius wanted her debut novel to feature a character like Tessa who is, Pretorius states, “a witness to the whole history of apartheid.”


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