#30Authors: Lisa See talks about Stacey Schiff’s THE WITCHES

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Hey readers of Traveling With T! Today, I’m  taking part (again! See my first #30Authors post here!)  in a super-fun month long event headed up by The Book Wheel called #30Authors.

Want to know what #30Authors is all about?

#30Authors is an annual event connecting readers, authors, and bloggers. Throughout the month of September, 30 authors review their favorite books on 30 blogs in 30 days. The event has been met with incredible support from and success within the literary community. In the six months following the event’s inaugural launch, the concept was published as an anthology by Velvet Morning Press (Legacy: An Anthology). Started by The Book Wheel, #30Authors remains active throughout the year and you can join in the fun by following along on Twitter at @30Authors, using the hashtag, #30Authors, or purchasing the anthology. To learn more about the event and to see the full schedule, please click here.

And of course- there is a giveaway! Be sure and read the post, then find the giveaway info at the end!

Lisa See Talks About THE WITCHES by Stacy Schiff

Pulitzer-Prize winner Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra, has written a new book that’s bound to become an instant number one bestseller when it comes out at the end of October. In The Witches, she turns her clear but sympathetic eyes back to January 1692, when sorcery first made its presence known in Salem, Massachusetts. By the end of the travails, nineteen women (mostly young) and men, plus two dogs, had been executed for witchcraft, while somewhere between 140 and 185 alleged witches and wizards had been named in 25 towns and villages.  The youngest was five. The oldest was nearly eighty. The story of the Salem witch trials has captivated our country—and, indeed, the world—for three centuries, but Schiff’s version will now stand as the definitive record.

Schiff easily draws us in as she sets the scene. Puritans, having been persecuted for their religious beliefs, set about creating a new and better civilization in the rough wilderness of New England.  Winters were harsh.  The Indians didn’t wish them well—not by a long shot—and raids, massacres, kidnappings, and dismemberments were common. French dragoons also wrecked havoc, and pressures from the British government were no picnic either. Religion was never far from the colonialists’ minds, and they saw in the wildness about them a kind of devil’s playground.  Into this milieu, a Puritan minister named Cotton Mather began to emerge.  At just 29 years old, he was brilliant and, keeping it real here, totally whacky. He saw Satan everywhere, and, like so many other ministers of his day, took the Bible literally: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

What happened next is still a mystery that lays heavily on the psyche of these United States.  First, the daughters of Reverend Parris, Salem’s minister, began to complain of bites and pinches “by invisible agents.”  Soon the girls were trilling “foolish, ridiculous speeches.” They went into spams, convulsions, and trances.  The doctor who came to treat them arrived at a swift diagnosis. The girls were being afflicted by “the evil hand.”  Not long after, a friend of one of the girls started showing similar symptoms.  Panic quickly spread, new cases were discovered, and hysteria took over. Neighbors made accusations; parents suffered. Girls accused their mothers of being witches; husbands accused their wives. Over-zealous ministers made pronouncements; and cruel and abusive judges set down the most deadly of sentences.

Stacy Schiff is a meticulous researcher, who has uncovered and reinterpreted old and new material. Add to that her stunning and engaging prose, and, well….  Dare I say it? Yes, I do. The Witches is devilishly good.


About Lisa See:

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Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy. Her most recent novel, China Dolls, became an instant New York Times bestseller.  China Dolls is about three friends who perform in the so-called Chop-Suey Circuit of Chinese-American nightclubs during the 1930s and 1940s.  The Washington Post commented, “This emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity,” while O Magazine called China Dolls “a spellbinding portrait of a time burning with opportunity and mystery.”  Ms. See has also written a mystery series that takes place in China, as well as On Gold Mountain, which is about her Chinese-American family. Her books have been published in 40 languages. Ms. See serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner on the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument Authority.  She was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in Fall 2003. To learn more, please visit her web site at www.LisaSee.com or follow her adventures on Twitter and Facebook.

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Check Lisa’s books out on Amazon or find her on Goodreads.


Now that you’ve read Lisa See’s thoughts on THE WITCHES by Stacy Schiff- you are itching to get a copy (maybe even pre-order since the book is not out till October 27th, right?)

To get THE WITCHES- visit Amazon!

Want to know more about Stacy Schiff?

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Photo Credit: Goodreads

Stacy Schiff is the Pulitzer Prize winner for CLEOPATRA- which was a #1 national best seller. Earning praise from authors like Patricia Cornwell, THE WITCHES will be Stacy’s 4th novel (in stores 10/27!)

Find Stacy: Twitter, Facebook, Website, Goodreads.



And- of course, there is a giveaway! Thanks to Allison at The Book Wheel’s tireless efforts as well as the great authors- there is a nice giveaway. Go check it out!


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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15 thoughts on “#30Authors: Lisa See talks about Stacey Schiff’s THE WITCHES

  1. You know, I don’t read nearly enough books about Salem considering how much I loved visiting there in the summers. Maybe this will be the one to “revive” me of my slacking! Thanks so much for joining in and yes, I’m counting on you again next year!

  2. I’m so incredibly excited to read The Witches! I, like many, are fascinated by the Salem witch trials and I can’t wait to learn more about it! (It comes out on my birthday, so I’m thinking it’ll definitely be a birthday treat for me!)

  3. I’m so excited to hear that this was good! I loved Schiff’s Cleopatra and The Witches is on my to-read pile. I’ve been looking forward to reading it, but I’m even more excited after hearing Lisa’s thought!

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