I thought I would just take a moment to share one of the more interesting finds I've spotted on this year's annual literature run.
Every year I head over to Barnes and Noble to review recently published texts in our field and in our correlating areas, and more frequently than that, I review articles and publications.
But on this most recent trip, I found a very interesting book that's related to some of the things we've focused on in The Membership Program this past year.
If you're a member of the learning and community portal of this website, you'll know for the past year or so, every month in the membership newsletter, we've covered important activists and spiritual figures in history that have made splashes in the industry as far positive contributions to coverage and change for our community, and for those in our field through their writings, speeches, political actions, screenplays, activism and so on.
We cover both men and women, both this century and others, and in this new book, written and compiled by Taisia Kitaiskaia and illustrated by Katy Horan, the two team up and cover specifically female writers whose words have created a new reality for themselves and others.
Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers
Literary Witches runs through a page-by-page portrayal and illustration of 30 female writers past and present who use specifically words to create a new reality.
As you know, witches of a whole have many mediums they can choose from, and they are often separated and sorted by their preferred outlet or expertise.
Here we have a book which features women who choose words and whose writings lend towards the magical.
Something revolutionary to be published, both by today's standards and by standards 200 years ago and I'm arguing... more.
So without further ado, here a few pictures of this work of art we call a book:
This book currently sits on the shelf next to my copy of Mason Currey's 2013 book and compendium Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2FcqgjH) which I picked up a few years ago while visiting the bookstore The Mirabai of Woodstock in Woodstock, NY.
If you are ever up there, they have a wonderful selection of items.
But back to it -
To me, Literary Witches is very similar to Mason's compendium, except it is more specialized.
Featuring also illustrations, popular works of each author for easy reference, it focuses only on only female artists whose medium is writing.
And best of all, it's been published by Seal Press, which was founded in 1976 to provide a forum for women writers and feminist issues.
So if you consider yourself or someone you know as a creative - whether it be an intuitive creative or someone who creates and whatever your beliefs on where it comes from, and/or a feminist, I recommend both.
A great gift for any wordsmith, poet, or writer - spiritual or sci-fi focused -
I've picked up a copy of Literary Witches myself, and have been going through the pages day by day.
Great work Taisia, and Katy, and thank you for this beautiful compendium.
Literary Witches is available at Amazon.com (link: http://amzn.to/2DEFiS7).
And for a limited time only, Electric Literature is also running a special edition limited run set of Literary Witch Postcards. The postcards each feature a poem and portraits & vignettes of Shirley Jackson, Virginia Woolf, Mirabai, Jamaica Kincaid, Anne Carson, Anna Akhmatova, and Charlotte Brontë. See them all here.
If you're in the membership program this month and wondering, our activist of mention is a woman:
Emma Hardinge Britten
(1823 - 1899)
Writer, Medium, Inspirational Speaker
Known as one of the most well-respected spiritualists in history, Emma got her start after sitting for the Society for the Diffusion of Spiritual Knowledge of New York. English born, she primarily used her gifts for giving inspirational speeches via extempore, meaning without preparation.
Among one of the founders of the Theosophical Society, Emma traveled all over the world, writing and speaking on the truth of Spirit and related concepts. She was a contemporary of Madame Blavatsky and other movers and shakers of that time.
While not in the book, there are many others that we haven't covered yet!
Amanda Linette Meder
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