Witch Week Preview and Readalong Announcement

Posted September 30, 2015 by Lory in events / 18 Comments


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)…

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

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!

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18 responses to “Witch Week Preview and Readalong Announcement

  1. I tried starting The Bloody Chamber years ago but didn’t know the Bluebeard story so the first tale didn’t make much sense. I’m definitely excited to try it again this month!

  2. These seasonal reading events are so much fun.

    Though my month is really busy I will try to join you. Either way I look forward to reading your commentary on the Angela Carter book.

    • There are many ways to participate — joining in the readalong, or posting on your own blog about a book of your choice, or just following the various contributions. I hope you can find a way to fit it in.

  3. I discovered this event through the Frightfall Read-A-Thon. I am going to be back for this, after all there is a little witch in every woman.

  4. Kat

    I love Angela Carter and have just been thinking about her because I saw her manuscript of Passion of the New Eve at the British Library! It has been many years since I have read her fairy tales: I can’t wait! Thanks for sponsoring Witch Week.

  5. komal

    Ah, I’m only just coming across this! I’d love to participate in the readalong but I don’t have a copy of the bloody chamber and I’ve crossed my quota of book buying for October. Anyway, I’ll happily follow your progress and participate by reading The Wrath and The Dawn which has been sitting on my shelf since its release and people tell me its quite good.

    • Library? That’s where I got my Angela Carter. (It was actually a volume of collected stories called Burning Your Boats.)

      In any case, I’m delighted that you’ve found the event and are planning to participate! Looking forward…