In a little over a week, Witch Week will begin. This magical time between Halloween and Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Day was first brought to my attention by Diana Wynne Jones, in her book of the same name. Last year, I thought it would be fun to use this week to celebrate fantasy books and authors, and it was! This year I’m hoping that even more readers will join in the conversation. The theme this year is New Tales from Old — fiction based on fairy tales, folklore, and myth, which should give quite a lot of scope for exploration. (Actual witches need not be involved.)
If you’re planning your own posts, a linkup will be available in the Master Post on October 30. I’ll be collecting all the links I can muster for the round-up on November 6. Other events to look forward to:
- Double giveaway (one US, one international): Bitter Greens in paperback from Thomas Dunne Books, and The Bloody Chamber deluxe hardcover from the Folio Society
- Readalong of The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
- An interview with Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens and The Wild Girl
- A guest post on Don’t Bet on the Prince (a classic collection edited by Jack Zipes)
- My own Halloween post on the real-life college behind the fictitious “Blackstock” of Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
I can’t wait to share all these goodies with you! Please spread the word (use hashtag #WitchWeekECBR), and come back on October 30 for the linkup and final schedule. Then, get ready for a very full and exciting week.