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Prologue is WHQR's monthly book discussion, hosted by Ben Steelman of the Star News. Takes place on the second Monday of the month, at 7pm. Prologue is currently hosted via Zoom Webinar.

Prologue: "Shepherd's Crook" by Sheila Webster Boneham

Sheila Boneham

Monday evening at Prologue, Ben Steelman of the StarNews talks to author Sheila Webster Boneham about her new novel Shepherd's Crook (An Animals in Focus Mystery) and her essay in the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. Join us for the conversation on Monday, October 12th at 7 pm at WHQR's MC Erny Gallery

Monday, October 12, 7 pm

MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street, Suite 3

About the Author:

Sheila Webster Boneham write literary and commercial fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, often about animals, environment, gender, and culture in the anthropological sense. She is a 2015 North Carolina Arts Council fellow. Her work has won the Prime Number Magazine Award for Creative Nonfiction and six Maxwell and MUSE awards for fiction and nonfiction, been selected for the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology edited by Rebecca Skloot, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. 

Animals have always been apart of Sheila's life. In her teens and twenties she showed horses, and later she was active showing her Australian Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers in various canine sports. She had also bred top-winning Aussies, and founded rescue groups for Aussies and Labs.

About the Novel:

Animal photographer Janet MacPhail has just arrived at a sheep-herding competition with her Australian Shepherd, Jay, when she learns that two dozen sheep have disappeared. Police think the animals have wandered off in search of greener grass, but Janet sees and hears things that convince her the sheep's owners are right—the animals have been stolen.

Janet knows she should leave the snooping to the police while she attends to her own problems—new living arrangements, her mom's wedding plans, puppy and kitten antics, and extremists bent on keeping people from having pets. But when a livestock handler turns up dead and the sheep's owner disappears, the police and a pair of thugs pay Janet way more attention than she likes. She sets out to find answers, putting herself and those she loves in the killer's crosshairs.