In one month, we’ll be celebrating Witch Week, October 31 to November 5, a chance to read and discuss some of our favorite fantasy books and authors, as well as their sources, influences, and descendants.
This year’s theme is New Tales from Old, focusing on fiction that is based on fairy tales, folklore, myths, and legends. Participants are invited to read and blog about any books that fall into that very broad category; actual witches need not be involved! Here are some of the ideas I’ve heard about already:
- Jean recommends some of her favorite fairy tale retellings by Jane Yolen, Robin McKinley, and Kara Dalkey, among others.
- Jenny wonders if it’s cheating to suggest Salman Rushdie’s new book – I don’t think so!
- Helen has a copy of Mary Stewart’s The Last Enchantment on her shelf.
- Charlene has Till We Have Faces on her TBR list.
- Lark is thinking about a reread of The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope.
- Chris is quite interested in CS Lewis and Angela Carter, but is trying to see what he can fit into one of his reading challenges.
The week will end with a readalong, chosen by the first poll ever to be conducted on this blog (drumroll please)…
Get your copy now, and come back to ECBR on November 5 to discuss your thoughts. Twitter users can use the hashtag #WitchWeekECBR; I’ll designate an official Twitter chat time when the date draws closer.
Other offerings during the week will include:
- a Halloween campus tour of “Blackstock College” from Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (yes, with photos!);
- a giveaway of the Rapunzel retelling Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, along with an interview with the author;
- and special guest posts from a couple of blogging friends who are exceptionally well read in this field.
It’s going to be a terrific week, and I do hope you will join us.
Any other plans or suggestions for Witch Week? Let us know in the comments!