Brunonia Barry’s Bewitching Books

The author of The Lace Reader and The Fifth Petal shares reads that inspire her.

Brunonia Barry

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I’m taking a moment to reflect on some of the books that have inspired me. This collection is eclectic: including historical accounts of the Salem Witch Trials along with fictional depictions and even some fanciful storytelling featuring modern-day witches who reflect the role strong women have always played in this continuing narrative. Like myself, many of the writers listed here were inspired by ancestral ties to Salem’s executions. With blame and persecution of those we consider “other” as alive as ever in the world, Salem’s cautionary tale remains relevant if only to keep history from repeating.

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Author Photo: © Scott Booth Photography

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BRUNONIA BARRY is the New York Times and international best selling author of The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places, and her latest book: The Fifth Petal. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Invitational Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in the London Times and the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee. She lives in Salem with her husband Gary Ward and their dog, Angel. Gary and Bru are the organizers of the Salem Literary Festival.

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