For those of us looking for something with a little education along with our scares, look no further than Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers. The book features 30 women writers, both living and dead, who have used their skills to magic up some stunning and memorable literary works.
This is a cute gift book with a touch of spooky humor. Their birth dates (and death dates where applicable) appear under their nameplate as well as a list of genres they were known for. Each author is accompanied by a creepy portrait that hints at some of the themes in their works. The page facing the portrait contains a short fictional horror bio – again based off of the topics or themes found in their works – and below that is an actual bio of the author and a few recommended readings.
The authors included are some big names, such as Toni Morrison, Virginia Woolf, and Mary Shelly, but also includes plenty of lesser known or niche writers such as Forugh Farrokhzad, and Anna Akhmatova. The illustrations are lovely, with the right touch of the macabre. Again, this is a gift book, so it’s enough to whet the appetite for people interested in learning about the featured authors, but is certainly not an in-depth biography. This is a wonderful book that will feel right at home in many a reader’s collection.
Whitney Smyth received a Master’s in Book Publishing and Technical Writing at Portland State University, following a Bachelor’s in English at the University of Arizona. She took over ownership of Portland Book Review in December of 2014. She also works as a freelance editor and can be commissioned at Smyth Editorial Services and spends what little free time she has on her own writing. Coming from a family of readers she devours an average of one hundred books a year, in a variety of genres. Her favorite authors are far too numerous to list, but include Alexandre Dumas, Mary Shelley, Jim Butcher, and John Green.
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