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Literary Witches
Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers | Taisia Kitaiskaia
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Celebrate the witchiest women writers with beautiful illustrations and imaginative vignettes. Literary Witches draws a connection between witches and visionary writers: both are figures of formidable creativity, empowerment, and general badassery. Through poetic portraits, Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan honor the witchy qualities of well-known and obscure authors alike, including Virginia Woolf, Mira Bai, Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Octavia E. Butler, Sandra Cisneros, and many more. Perfect for both book lovers and coven members, Literary Witches is a treasure and a source of inspiration. Kitaiskaia and Horan bring fresh insights on your most beloved authors, suggest enchanting new writers, and invite you to rediscover the magic of literature.
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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Wow, this was very imaginative and informative. It features a diverse mix of known and unknown female writers.

Each author receives a beautifully, striking full page portrait by Katy Hiram. The first third of the entry is a poetic narrative blending of details from their life and work. The next section is a short bio about them although brief, these held a lot of fascinating details. The last third was recommended works by the author. #NFNov

MrBook 😻😻😻 1mo
Linsy I loved this book!! 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @MrBook Tullulah stayed knocked out in the same position for my entire reading of this book. 😹 1mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks @Linsy I have so many new authors I want to read now! I especially loved that for the poets she listed individual poems instead of whole collections. 1mo
rsteve388 6 pta! 1mo
rsteve388 Pts 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @Dragon The kitties 🐱 have been very good reading companions today. 1mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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#TIL #NFNov Shirley Jackson “...The Lottery was written after rural Vermont residents painted a swastika on her house (her husband, a professor at Bennington College, was Jewish).”

Wow, I did not know that was the catalyst for her story.

Soubhiville I had no idea! 1mo
TrishB 😕 1mo
SamAnne Oh wow. What a story. Going to stack this. 1mo
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rsteve388 4 pts! 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @Soubhiville @TrishB It had a lot of surprising facts. 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @SamAnne I ended up really loving it. 1mo
Clwojick This book looks brilliant! Stacked! 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @Clwojick Yes and the artwork is so striking. 1mo
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sprainedbrain
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Look what arrived today! Thanks to @phatsallylee for my #basicwitchswap package 🖤

I am getting awfully exited for Halloween!

phatsallylee It arrived and it doesn't look damaged!! Only 18 days to opening day! 2mo
sprainedbrain @phatsallylee No damage at all! I‘m so excited!! 2mo
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Weaponxgirl
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I‘ve made a conscious decision this year to take my time reading to try to avoid the burnout I seem to suffer every year. My stats for this month are pretty conservative but I‘m happy with them especially since I‘ve got 3 other books on the go atm that I‘m just dipping in and out of.
I‘m also super chuffed that I managed some poetry a translated book and a good amount of #ownvoices.
Here‘s to next month being just as satisfying

mreads What's the book in the upper right? With the cat a sword on the cover, looks interesting 😄 10mo
Weaponxgirl @mreads that‘s a picture from inside the tagged book. Stupid Litsy cropped the photo too much and I couldn‘t be bothered to make a new one. It‘s lovely artwork in this book 10mo
Gaylagal2 On Tyranny is fantastic! That's an audio book that I've listened to many, many times 🤓 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did good! 📚💕 10mo
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megnews
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Panpan

Literary Witches just was not my cup of tea. It did, however, introduce me to Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik. I‘m excited to check her work out.

Book 21/90 1/18/19

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Weaponxgirl
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The artwork in this book makes it a pick all on its own. Look at zora. I love the idea of this book and it happened to be the sort of authors I love kinda dark, with a atmosphere of magic and dread. Of which I now have many new authors added to my tbr thanks to the reading lists.
I would like a second volume please, where‘s Isabel Allende? Jean Rhys and numerous other authors I think would fit. Nice selection of non white authors here too

Weaponxgirl On a side not the artists shop still isn‘t open online and I want some of these as prints on my wall. If anyone knows where to get some please let me know 11mo
Kaye I‘ve read one of Allende‘s books , but it was long ago. I really liked it. 11mo
Weaponxgirl @kaye that is one of my favourite books ever and exactly what I was thinking of. 11mo
Kaye I can‘t recall ever reading anything quite like it since. 11mo
Weaponxgirl @kaye I just remember the impression the book left on me so vividly! 11mo
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Christine
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@pgh.femme - Thank you so, so much for the absolutely lovely box! I truly adore everything. So excited for Literary Witches and Jailbreaking the Goddess (which you‘ve introduced to me in more ways than one ;), and the gypsy book is fascinating and gorgeous! And my own copy of the Adichie. ❤️ The Lush ghost is so cute and smells fantastic - can‘t wait to see it glow! And I LOVE the bracelet and will look forward to wearing it every October! ⬇️

Christine The beautiful cards and mini vintage art prints, the bookmarks, the stones and crystal, the bookplates (with dandelions, which have always been one of my favorite plants despite their reputation as pesky weeds!) - I just really, really love it all and can‘t thank you enough for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Hope you are having a Halloween full of happy moments, and thanks again! @pgh.femme 13mo
Christine And thanks so much to @monalyisha for the brilliant #witchpleaseswap - such a complete joy! 🧙‍♀️🖤 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I got this book too! I read it right away, loved it 💞 13mo
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monalyisha I love this package! AMAZING job, @pgh.femme 🖤! And I love your photo & your detailed description, too, @Christine! Hope you both had a happy #WitchPleaseSwap! 🔮 13mo
Christine @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Oh good - I really want to start it ASAP! 13mo
Christine @monalyisha It really was an amazing package! I feel so fortunate to have been matched with @pgh.femme :) Thanks again for hosting this extraordinarily good swap! 13mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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So many inspiring women, and authors I'd never even heard of. Not to mention the stunning artwork. What a lovely gift! Thanks again @ferskner #WitchPleaseSwap

#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

MaleficentBookDragon Wow. I hadn't heard of this one. Stacked! 13mo
ferskner As soon as I saw it I thought of you! I'm so glad you like it! 13mo
Linsy I loved this one too! 13mo
monalyisha I haven‘t read my copy yet but now I‘m even more excited! 🖤 13mo
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GatheringBooks
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#OctoberPutASpellOnYou Day 9: This is a photo of me in the thick of Norwegian woods when my family visited a friend who lives in Bergen. I found this sign and wondered why I was disallowed to fly in my #Broom while trekking. Tagged book is our inspiration for #WomenReadWomen2019 - a year of women reading women. Clearly, I am excited about it. Bought a few titles found in the book. My full review of tagged book here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-hPO

Cinfhen Great photo 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Too cute!!! 🖤🖤 1y
vkois88 Love it!! 1y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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@monalyisha my #WitchPleaseSwap package is wrapped and ready to roll. I can wait for my match to get it. I hope she loves it. I loved preparing it! 🖤🧙🏻‍♀️

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego And she's off 📮 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @ferskner Have you gotten anything fun in the mail lately? 😉 1y
ferskner Haha! I got a note that I have something in the apartment office, but I haven't been home in time to get it yet. I should be able to tonight! 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @ferskner Yay, ok. Sorry the lady at the post office made a comment when I dropped it off that had me paranoid. Lol. 1y
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taraWritesSci
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#witchPleaseSwap form submitted and confirmation email received, @monalyisha

Thank you for setting this up, can't wait to get started!

monalyisha Thanks for joining! (The book you tagged is one of the titles I‘m most interested in 🙌🏻). 🔮 1y
taraWritesSci @monalyisha Oooo! 🎁 idea 😜 1y
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LittleWonder
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Bailedbailed

Never have I ever bailed on a book so fast in a very long time. Not my style. Reads like a reference guide.

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Jen2
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Pickpick

Wonderful! Added so many books to my TBR!

gjacobs I'm curious to learn what some of the books are! 2y
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Jen2
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Women who create things other than children are still considered dangerous by many.

Emilymdxn OMG I want this 2y
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BookishMe
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Books in my backpack, books in the tote, &
#books in my hand

One of the greatest joy, along with the #libraryhaul is walking with #librarybooks 😍😍
#happybookworm

GatheringBooks you will absolutely adore this book!! 2y
BookishMe @GatheringBooks you're right... Absolute delight as I slowly studied the illustrations, the 'hexen text'... 2y
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GatheringBooks
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One of my birthday book loot - took my off-in-lieu (where one can choose one‘s day off if one of the public holidays fall on a weekend) during my actual birthday last Friday for a long birthday weekend. Yummy brunch overlooking the Marina alongside Literary Witches.

saresmoore Lovely! 2y
Bklover Looks heavenly! Happy Belated Birthday!🎈🎈🎉 2y
merelybookish Happy birthday! 2y
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Kaye Hope you had a wonderful day 💕 2y
batsy That looks wonderful! Happy belated birthday 🎈🎉 2y
VioletBramble Happy Birthday! It looks like a beautiful day. 🎉🎈 2y
DivineDiana Looks like a perfect birthday celebration! Best wishes! 🎉 2y
Chelleo I‘m gonna need you to show more enthusiasm 😂😂😂 Happy belated birthday! (edited) 2y
Bookzombie Happy Belated Birthday!! 2y
GatheringBooks @Kaye @batsy @VioletBramble it was indeed a wondrous day, sun was out, but there was cool wind too, quite rare for humid singapura. :) 🧚🏼‍♀️💕 2y
GatheringBooks @DivineDiana it was! super low-key, just husband and 16 year old girl who was also on e-learning so we got to spend the day together. thanks, @Bookzombie 💖💗💕 2y
GatheringBooks @Chelleo hahhaha had to laugh at this. hard to muster enthusiasm when you just turned 42! waaaah!! 😂🤣 but yeah, yay! more reason to receive great books from ze husband. :)🧚🏼‍♀️💝📚📚 2y
monalyisha This book looks AMAZING! Like everything I‘ve ever wanted. 😍🙌🏻 2y
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Linsy
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I wish I had a physical copy of this book. Both the art and the writing are incredible. A wonderful keepsake. #favoritecover #booksandshelfiesm18 @Amabear

Jess_Read_This The title and cover alone on this one... ❤️😍❤️ 2y
Amabear Love!! So pretty! 2y
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Dorianna
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Taisia Kitaiskaia writes witchy vignettes that sound like they belong in a spell book for some of history‘s greatest women writers. Katy Horan‘s folkloric illustrations complement them perfectly. I loved the diverse mix of writers and the short biography and recommended reading sections helped me add more books to my TBR. A fun and delightful read.

librarypoweruser OOOOOOOH I love your description! I want to read this! 2y
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Dorianna
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My girl Shirley Jackson in Literary Witches. Witch of Villages, Domestic Horrors, and Omens.

“To escape her demonic children, Shirley once had a long antagonistic argument with her hair dryer in the bathroom. Won.”

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RowReads1
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Pickpick

A charming book of witchy writers🧙🏽‍♀️✍🏻. It includes a well-rounded group of writers of different backgrounds, countries and races. It‘s another of those books I wish were longer. The art is good and fitting. 🧙🏻‍♀️

queerbookreader Did you happen notice how many stories featured queer characters or were written by queer writers? Thank you!! 2y
RowReads1 @queerbookreader Each writer has a picture, witchy words, info on their lives and recommended books. There are several queer writers included such as Gertrude Stein. 2y
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LikelyLibrarian
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Sushi and a good book. Better than dinner and a movie 😁

ReadingSusan That looks like the best Friday night ever! 2y
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MyReviewofBooks
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Pickpick

A fantastic book. If you are on the search for some serious feminist writers this book hands them over to you. Quick and quirky blurbs about their lives. Evocative illustrations. A must own.

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batsy
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#bookmail
Ordered Brave New World for #litsyclassics. Great to have the book but maybe a bit more excited about the coloured bookmark from Book Depository, to be honest ?

Review copy of Anna Kavan's Ice, which I'm really excited about.

And the best part - an unexpected present from @RowReads1 ! Thank you so much, Sarah! I browsed through & I love the little prose poems for each "literary witch". Definitely a book to treasure ❤️❤️ #litsypenpals

vivastory Ice sounds phenomenal 2y
merelybookish Ice's cover is on 🔥! 2y
Utopiyll Have you read Autumn by Ali Smith? That was the first time I had even heard of Brave New world 😂 Tell me if you like it, cause I might pick it up! 2y
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batsy @Utopiyll No I haven't read Autumn yet but I hope to! At some point! 😆 I will keep you posted about Brave New World ☺️ 2y
batsy @vivastory Yes it does and the cover is really something @merelybookish 2y
readinginthedark I can‘t believe I‘ve never heard of Ice; it sounds so good! 2y
batsy @readinginthedark It does, doesn't it. I first heard of Kavan via the author Kate Zambreno, when she used to be on social media. 2y
BarbaraBB Love the cover of Brave New World! 2y
readordierachel Ooh, anxious to hear what you think of Ice. I've been wanting to read that one. 2y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel I'm really looking forward to it! 2y
batsy @BarbaraBB It's pretty groovy :) 2y
readinginthedark I love hearing about authors from other authors. 👍🏻 2y
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LikelyLibrarian
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This book is amazing! It‘s filled with slightly creepy gothic art and references to witchy women writers, known and not-so-well-known. Too long, their work has been hidden in drawers or closets, derided as so much “feminine tosh.” Here, Taisia Kitaiskaia celebrates the magic of women‘s work.

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LikelyLibrarian
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Christmas gift from my bestie. She knows me so well 💕

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parasolofdoom
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I'd say this was worth it for the art and reading suggestions alone though, as I said in my last blurb, the little vingettes felt a *little* bit onanistic.

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parasolofdoom
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#currentlyreading I just don't know about these entries. Each writer has three of these little quasipoetic dreamscape paragraphs but it's not doing it for me. They feel sort of masturbatory? Pompous? I'm not sure exactly but I think the fabulous illustrations do a MUCH better job at giving the writers included her a mythic shade.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 10! Recently released. This book celebrates the witchiest women writers with beautiful illustrations and imaginative vignettes. You'll learn about Virginia Woolf, Mira Bai, Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Octavia Butler, Sandra Cisneros, and many more, both beloved and new. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Natasha.C.Barnes I went to college with the author! 2y
Heideschrampf Want! 2y
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vivastory
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman

kalinichta Loving these images. 2y
LeahBergen So cool. 2y
Moray_Reads I've added this to my Christmas list 2y
vivastory @Moray_Reads There is a lovely Virginia Woolf illustration. I was a little surprised by the amount of poets included. Have you seen 2y
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vivastory
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Agatha Christie

LeahBergen The muted colours are lovely. 2y
Libby1 ❤️ 2y
JazzFeathers She had a truely criminal mind 😆 2y
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vivastory
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Anyone read yesterday's LitHub article on the tagged book? I'm definitely ordering this book. I love the illustrations.

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bookloo
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Misty!!! I wasn‘t expecting this. 😍🤗
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If you‘re joining us, don‘t forget #BOTMbuddyread is this Sunday for #littlefireseverywhere on @Jess7 and @MinDea ‘s pages (just two more to go!), and then the 29th is when we start #Furies with @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and I‘s turn at co-hosting.
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Thank you for the super sweet #snailmail babe! 💛💛💛💛

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome!!! 😘😘😘 I love sending #snailmail ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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kalinichta
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Load up your #TBR. Nine Books to Hex the Patriarchy from Bitch magazine: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/witch-books-hex-patriarchy