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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, 128 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Seal Press
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Amalia Gavea
‘’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 places
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María
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encantan las referencias, los pequeños detalles. Me recuerdan a secretos que se dicen entre amigas o las miradas telepáticas. En fin, es bello.
Coos Burton
Desde que conocí este libro me sentía obsesionada con la idea de obtenerlo, pero nunca había tenido la suerte de encontrármelo. Ayer llegó a mi biblioteca gracias a mi pareja, quien me lo obsequió junto con otra novela de brujas. Esta lectura no me duró más que una noche, lo devoré con ansias, con fascinación. La estructura es atípica, presenta a un buen número de autoras a las que se les atribuye el término "brujas" por hechizar a través de su literatura. El libro está plagado de hermosas ilust ...more
Patricia Bejarano
Esperaba un poquito más de este libro, pero aún así me ha gustado.
Me quedo con todas las autoras maravillosas que me ha dado a conocer y que espero leer algún día para ampliar mis horizontes.
Las ilustraciones me han parecido preciosas y el tema de las brujas me ha parecido mágico, ya que escribir es como crear magia y todas estas autoras lo hicieron.
¿Por qué no tiene más nota? Tiene poquísima información sobre las autoras. A ver, no pido una biografía, pero yo que sé, una página completa por
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Juliana Zapata
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Este libro me dejó con una lista recomendaciones enorme

Reseña: https://bastvilard.blogspot.com/2019/...
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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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.
Ruby
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y2017, here, monsters
a little indulgent but rather beautiful
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.
Alejandra Restrepo B.
Brujas literarias es un libro primero para mostrar (su diagramación e ilustraciones son preciosas) y segundo para antojarse de leer mucho más.

La estructura del libro es así:
Lo primero que encontramos de cada autora es una historia llena de fantasía y misticismo que hace referencia a su vida luego, encontramos un párrafo con un resumen de su biografía y por último recomienda algunas obras de ella (ahí es donde uno se antoja).

Hay historias sorprendentes pero sobretodo autoras que desconocía y de
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Lunatica Literaria
Es un libro precioso que nos da a conocer la vida de diferentes autoras de la historia u3 escribieron obras destacadas en la historia.

Las ilustraciones sin preciosas y me gusto como narró la parta difícil de su vida por medio de conjuros o hechizos saliéndose de la realidad.

Lo único que no me agrado fue que no ponían mucho en la parte de su biografía literal fueron no más de 5 lineas, si hubieran agregado más sería el libro perfecto ✨

Simplemente mágico💖
Cronopia Literaria
Un libro que nos abre un universo de escritoras ( en su mayoría) poco conocidas o silenciadas. Comparto con ustedes esta preciosa reflexión de la autora: "la bruja es tal vez el único arquetipo femenino que tiene poder por sí mismo; no está definido por nadie más [...] La bruja es una mujer que funciona por sí sola [...] Es un agente de cambio y su trabajo arranca con el lenguaje: un conjuro, un hechizo, una bendición, una maldición ¿Quién es más digno de este nombre que las escritoras, que con ...more
Sofi
A short but beautiful little book. There are a few writers included that I had never heard of before and it was nice to get a glimpse of that. I'm so interested now in learning more about these women, reading their work, and immersing myself in the stories that they've created.
Keely
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Clara
Una joyita para descubrir autoras y redescubrir otras. Un muy buen regalo para cualquiera que albergue curiosidad por la literatura escrita por mujeres.
Iris (dreamer.reads)
Hace ya unos cuantos meses que me intereso por el feminismo literario y que mejor que empezar con su historia. Conocer los orígenes de este movimiento a través de las páginas de este libro es una muy buena solución. Y gracias a Planeta podemos contar con este maravilloso ejemplar en nuestras librerías.

Desde que leí las primeras palabras del prólogo de este libro supe que iba a ser un libro del que me enamoraría. Brujas literarias es un conjunto de breves biografías de 30 escritoras feministas de
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Prince William Public Library System
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
Gabriela Ventura
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminismo, meta
Que livro adorável. Li em ebook, mas quero muito uma edição de papel, para ter as artes coloridas na minha estante.

Misto de prosa poética com potencial narrativo para um RPG de um coven de bruxonas-escritoras (ok, pelo menos na minha cabeça) esse livro ilustrado apresenta 30 autoras e suas "especializações mágicas", para além de fornecer breves notas biográficas e sugestões de leitura. Agatha Christie, por exemplo, é chamada de "A grande dama da trapaça, assassinato e hora do chá" enquanto a Ge
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Monika
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book is so unbelievably beautiful and just perfect (to me at least). The writing was poetic and gorgeous. The illustrations were so well done. The writers chosen were diverse and so interesting to read about. There were quite a few I hadn't heard of! Definitely going on the favourites list.
Storyheart
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.
l.
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A cute and pointless little book. I like the art.
Candice
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. WHAT A GIFT.
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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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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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.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5
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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“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.” 4 likes
“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.’’ *” 0 likes
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