Witch Week is coming in one month!

Posted October 1, 2017 by Lory in events / 16 Comments

It’s October, and that means there’s only one month to go until Witch Week — an annual event celebrating favorite books and authors from the realms of fantasy, myth and legend. What do we have to look forward to? Besides a link-up for your own posts and contributions, there will be some wonderful guest posts:

  • Chris of Calmgrove with “Rex Futurus,” an opinionated survey of recent interpretations of Arthurian legend
  • Laurie of Relevant Obscurity on the legend and history of the Round Table
  • Katie of Doing Dewey with a nonfiction review of The Discovery of King Arthur by Geoffrey Ashe


Thanks to Tachyon Publications, I’m thrilled to be able to offer a giveaway of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip AND The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen. As well as the US-only giveaway for paperback copies of each book, there will also be an e-book giveaway for the same titles, open internationally.


The results of the readalong poll were very interesting, with each title garnering at least one vote and some write-in candidates as well. Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff ended up tied with The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro; in casting my tie-breaking vote, I’ve decided to pick The Buried Giant for the readalong because it’s been somewhat controversial and could lead to some interesting debate. Grab your book, and join us on November 5 for the readalong discussion!

And as usual, during (or after) the week your own posts on the theme, or any other tangent that catches your fancy, are most welcome; please visit the Master Post starting on October 30 to link them up.


Will you be participating? What are you most excited for in this year’s celebration?

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16 responses to “Witch Week is coming in one month!

  1. Witch Week is always fun. I will try to participate but I have a few reading commitments coming up and work is so busy. But I will try to sneak something in.

    Either way I look forward to reading everyone’s posts.

    • Even if you can’t read or post anything special, do stop by during the week to enjoy the contributions.

  2. BJ

    Hi, Lory. I would love to join in this year! I will read The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. I don’t typically read much fantasy so this should be fun and I will get to learn more about Merlin.

    • That’s a great choice. I would have nominated it for the readalong, except I wanted to do books I haven’t already read.

  3. Ooh, exciting news! Looking forward to everything you’ve mentioned (though with some trepidation for possible responses to my opinionated overview of 20th-century Arthuriana). Laurie will have some interesting things to say, I’m sure, and Katie’s coming review of the Geoffrey Ashe book prompts me to dig out and dust off my own original thoughts after he sent his scholarly paper to me for review.

    I’ve also just finished and enjoyed my first proper go at McKillop, her Riddle-Master trilogy, so am intrigued at this Eld title, and I’ve coincidentally also finished the Ishiguro after your previous promptings so I’m ahead of the game now! Anyway, such a lot of goodies to look forward to, thank you! 🙂

    • You’ll definitely find some echoes of Riddlemaster in Eld (the riddling boar is one of my favorite creatures).

  4. This year’s Witch Week sounds great, Lory. I’m looking forward to the guest posts and am hoping to read The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart.

  5. It looks like it was fate that you chose Ishiguro for the group read! I just requested it from the library and can’t wait to discuss it with all of you. I’m also really looking forward to Chris’s opinionated post. 😉

    • I’m glad to have the push to finally read The Buried Giant and I do hope it will spark some interesting discussion.

  6. Oh, I so wanted to participate but I’m way behind on other scheduled/required reading. And that’s definitely a book I’m interested in reading. I’m disappointed I can’t do it, but I don’t think I can squeeze it in this week. Oh, bother (as Pooh would say.) At least I can try to read it later…