Witch Books Hold Power – Publishers Weekly
The number of books on witchcraft has been on the rise for the past several years, but mind-body-spirit publishers now offer an eclectic mix of authors who draw magic from a range of sources—from ancient times to modern trends, and from distant lands and to backyard herb gardens. Among upcoming titles are ones featuring recipes (think cocktails or cannabis), spell collections ready for casting, handbooks, known as grimoires, for those just tiptoeing into the realm of enchantment, and more. What they have in common is the alluring promise of empowerment, whether to enrich your own life or change the world.
Running Press taps into continued interest in witchcraft with several titles, including The Night School: Lessons in Moonlight, Magic, and the Mysteries of Being Human (Aug. 9) by Maia Toll, author of the bestselling Wild Wisdom series. Toll uses the literary technique of presenting a narrator, the Night Mistress, “to introduce readers to an expansive selection of mystical subjects, from philosophy and divination to astrology and alchemy,” says Shannon Fabricant, executive editor for the Hachette imprint. Other Running Press titles also geared toward beginners include Potions: A Guide to Cocktails, Tinctures, Tisanes, and Other Witchy Concoctions (Aug. 23) by Nikki Van De Car, the author of Practical Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Crystals, Horoscopes, Psychics, and Spells. The new book is an illustrated collection of rituals and recipes. Lastly, How to Study Magic: A Guide to History, Lore, and Building Your Own Practice (Oct.) by Sarah Lyons teaches basic tools and techniques to “baby witches.”
Grown up readers might consider Inner Traditions’ Witch Wisdom for Magical Aging: Finding Your Power through the Changing Seasons (Aug. 16). Cait Johnson, author of six witch titles, here creates “four loving, feisty old witches,” to exemplify ways to “embrace your journey through the sacred latter half of life,” according to the publisher. Holistic Witch: A Guide to Self-care Witchcraft and Mushroom Magic are both out now from Sterling Ethos by Witchy Wisdoms online writer Shawn Engel. Executive editor Kate Zimmerman finds Engels’ books so helpful, she’s already using Engel’s recipes for spell jars—containers for holding one’s wishes and intentions—and buying toadstool-themed home accessories.
Everyone likes a good spell, so A Spell a Day (Watkins, June 2023) delivers 365 of them, composed by esoterica expert and Wiccan priestess Tree Carr. Mango Publishing doesn’t want you to suffer heartache when the Witch’s Book of Love Spells (Jan.), by Wiccan author Cerridan Greenleaf, can boost romance with techniques for employing moon magic, crystals, and gemstones. Greenleaf also advises on how to find peace and prosperity in The Witches Book of Candle Magic (out now). Fair Winds Press author Lidia Pradas, who offers Wiccan tips on Instagram, will teach you to write your own personalized spells in The Untamed Witch: Reclaim Your Instincts. Rewild Your Craft. Create Your Most Powerful Magick (Oct). Witch, author, and pagan podcaster Lisa McSherry includes spells among the fundamentals of witchcraft in A Witch’s Guide to Crafting Your Practice: Create a Magical Path that Works for You (Llewellyn, Oct.).
Feeling anxious (and who isn’t these days)? Weiser Books suggests several titles. Hearth and Home Witchcraft: Rituals and Recipes to Nourish Home and Spirit (Sept.) by Jennie Blonde, a pagan who calls herself the comfy cozy witch. She promotes skills for “being comfortable with your true self in all aspects of your life,” says associate publisher Peter …….