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Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers

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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, i
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Hardcover, 166 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Seal Press
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Amalia Gkavea
‘’Why would we dare call someone a Literary Witch? Because all artists are magicians, and Witches wield a special magic. Witches and women writers alike dwell in creativity, mystery and other worlds. They aren’t afraid to be alone in the woods of their imaginations or to live in huts of their own making. They’re not afraid of the dark.’’ *

If we come to think of it, Literature is a form of magic witnessed everywhere. We often say that books transport us into a universe of their own, into plac
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Ron Charles
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Looking for the perfect Halloween gift for the nasty woman in your haunted house? Try "Literary Witches." It’s an enchanted anthology of 30 great female writers — from Anais Nin to Zora Neale Hurston. Each one is captured in a folkloric illustration by Katy Horan and then, on the facing page, illuminated with a bewitching description by Taisia Kitaiskaia.

These mini biographies — “the hexen text” — are more witchopedia than wikipedia. Kitaiskaia boils each writer down to three invocations, weavin
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TheBibliotheque ♡
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Witch, however, is a woman who stands entirely on her own. She is more often than not an outsider, and her gift is transformation. She is a change agent, and her work is sparked by speech: an incantation, a naming, a blessing, a curse.”

Literary Witches is a collection of female writers filled with gorgeously dark illustrations and a very creative way of listing all these formidable women and authors that have been empowering us throughout history. Each author has one illustration and one pa
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Jovana Autumn
The world needs more feminist anthologies

I liked this very much!

The only reason why I gave 4/5 stars is because I would have loved to read more about each amazing woman in this book. I think that a few paragraphs can only tell you the basics and barely scratch the surface.

As for the other aspect of the book: I loved the art style, it was perfect for this book.

The overall reading experience was pleasant but I was a little disappointed because the book was short and didn't provide us with more
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Ruby
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y2017, here, monsters
a little indulgent but rather beautiful
Angela
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Worth it for the art and reading recommendations though I wasn't enamored of the short, paragraph length mythic vingettes. Felt a touch onanistic to me. ...more
Callum McLaughlin
This gem of a book celebrates some of the most ground-breaking and inspiring female writers from throughout history. The title, and the book’s overarching theme, comes from the assertion that their way with words – their ability to conjure worlds and incite emotion – is in itself a kind of magic. Like those accused of witchcraft, many of these writers were vilified for refusing to adhere to societal expectations, but by challenging the norm and embracing their talent, they were able to forge the ...more
Nicole Scavino
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: femminista
If you are a mad/good feminist this is your book.
Keely
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Mona  AlvaradoFrazier
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you want to learn about more women authors of note and what they've written, this short book can give you insight, both historical and personal. The illustrations are wonderfully symbolic. The author writes a brief comment that goes along with the sketch. The most valuable information is a listing of each author's works (prose or poetry). The only drawback is the brevity of the book, but it is a keeper. ...more
Justine
4.5 stars

I so wanted to read this book!! A tribute to great female writers, called Literary Witches: of course it could be nothing but great!

And it is!
First, I loved the illustrations, my favorites being for Virginia Woolf, Angela Carter and Alejandra Pizarnik. I gathered that each of them - and the three paragraphs for each of the witches - had a link to the themes dear to their hearts or heavily featured in their books.
But, that's the first little "trouble" for me: to get the references, th
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Divine Anas
“Why would we dare call someone a Literary Witch? Because all artists are magicians, and Witches wield a special magic. Witches and women writers alike dwell in creativity, mystery and other worlds. They aren’t afraid to be alone in the woods of their imaginations or to live in huts of their own making. They’re not afraid of the dark.’’

My friend once bought an Oracle Deck based on this novel and now that I bought this same deck as well, I was so curious to read the book. This is such
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Prince William Public Libraries
This is a unique little volume of female writers, and the provided reading lists for each author is a pretty good start to these ladies. Most of them were familiar, but there were a few women I wasn't aware of, but will certainly go into the queue now! The biographical information is a little plain, and the "witchy" descriptions may fall flat for people unaware of the goal of this book (the women in this series aren't actually witches; nor are these women necessarily writing about scary stuff, b ...more
 Vanessa  B. ♡
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
2,5 stars

This is a collection of some super mini bios about some great female authors, with a unique illustration for each of them, a small kind of poem and three recommendations. There was nothing "magical" or "Witchy" except for the small introduction. To be honest, I mostly skimmed through it and read the bios and book recommendations. The illustrations were really beautiful!
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 ev ♡
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-reads
absolutely captivating. a very witchy read for every witch out there ☆
Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I really enjoyed these short 1 page descriptions of famous women authors! First you get a very magical realism description of their witchy self, which is usually intertwined with their most famous work. And then you get a biographical paragraph outlining their life. This book is really just a short list of authors from around the world you should read over your lifetime.
Also, super big bonus, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful!
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This little gem features thirty inspiring and creative women writers throughout history. Each receives a full page illustration followed by a vignette of their literary powers full of magic realism. Each ends with a short bio of their achievements followed by recommended reading.
The illustrations are lovely and the brief introduction to each writer celebrates their ability to "conjure worlds out of words".
Literary Witches is a book full of both well known and obscure writers and I enjoyed brows
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Story
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Some interesting choices but not Kitaiskaia's decision to not include Margaret Atwood, witchiest woman of "formidable creativity, empowerment, and general badassery" of all, disappointed me. ...more
Sasha Gabrielle Atlas Blue
this was a whimsical little thing, not what i was expecting. i was expecting more of an informational text while this was more akin towards the books me and the other students would fight over in middle school. i loved the anecdote for each author, i honestly believe that every author is a witch or has some magic inside of them. did not take that long to read which is unfortunate because i wanted more, i craved it.
l.
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A cute and pointless little book. I like the art.
Madeline O'Rourke
I read this review which described Literary Witches as "a touch onanistic." Though I did have to look up the definition, I completely agree.

For each woman writer included in this collection there is a gorgeous illustration, a three-part poetic text, and a brief bio line with reading recommendations. Said like that, it kind of sounds like a lot, but it's not. Now I guess, strictly speaking, there's nothing wrong with how the book was designed and presented, it just didn't work for me. I've never
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Travelling Bookworm
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Witches and women writers alike dwell in creativity, mystery and other worlds. They aren’t afraid to be alone in the woods of their imaginations or to live in huts of their own making. They’re not afraid of the dark."
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Welcome to a biography like you have never seen before. In this curious little grimoire, extraordinary female writers' lives are merged with magic and fantasy in poetic, playful, and imaginative words.

In its beautifully illustrated pages, Virginia Woolf is designated the Guardian
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Savvy
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful and super cool little book. Stay witchy. 🖤
Amy
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun, unique way of looking at the literary world's lionesses, as it were, including many well-known writers, but also some I'm entirely unfamiliar with, but will be seeking out. ...more
Angelina
An unusual take on the life and work of some women writers. It was fun to explore plus I learned about some authors I hadn’t previously heard of.
Willemijn
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘And I’ve come to realize that the Witch is arguably the only female archetype that has powers on its own terms. She is not defined by anyone else.’
Valerie Brett
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A charming, cohesive, beautiful & whimsical collection of art & creative writing about some of the best women writers.
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Really torn between a 3 and a 4. Gorgeous, ethereal, witchy, disturbing portraits of the 30 authors featured (the art is my favorite part of this book). Each author given an honorific, and three flash fiction-esque blurbs about them. Small paragraph bio, and recommended reads.

I really enjoyed this book and/but wasn't as smitten as I wanted to be. The flash fiction-y portions were either fabulous (from Emily Bronte, "He'll come in, Emily dreams, like the winds she walks against -- muscular gusts
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Ireland
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poetic and absolutely spellbinding. This was one of those books that I both wanted to savor slowly and finish in one sitting. The illustrations and prose that accompany them are so inspiring. I have added so many books and poems to my TBR because of this book! Such a wonderful celebration of extraordinary women writers.
Leah Rachel von Essen
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers is beautiful, sensuous, and fun. It draws from the deep historical association between strong (dangerous) womanhood and witchcraft to portray a wide, diverse array of women authors as witches. Each author has a small bio accompanied by recommended reading, a mythic, folkloric strange vignette based on the author and her writing about her activities as a witch by Taisia Kitaiskaia, and a haunting portrait by Katy Horan.

Some of the vignette
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“Why would we dare call someone a Literary Witch? Because all artists are magicians, and Witches wield a special magic. Witches and women writers alike dwell in creativity, mystery and other worlds. They aren’t afraid to be alone in the woods of their imaginations or to live in huts of their own making. They’re not afraid of the dark.’’ *” 7 likes
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