Date: Thursday, September 29th
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue 11215 Brooklyn NY
Tickets Here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2592594
To celebrate the paperback publication of “Witches of America,” join author Alex Mar for a discussion of her very personal, non-fiction account of present-day witchcraft all around this country.
Witches of America follows Mar on her immersive five-year trip into the occult, charting modern Paganism from its roots in 1950s England to its current American mecca in the San Francisco Bay Area; from a gathering of more than a thousand witches in the Illinois woods to the New Orleans branch of one of the worlds most influential magical societies.
Along the way she takes part in dozens of rituals and becomes involved with a wild array of characters: a government employee who founds a California priesthood dedicated to a Celtic goddess of war; American disciples of Aleister Crowley, whose elaborate ceremonies turn the Catholic mass on its head; second-wave feminist Wiccans who practice a radical separatist witchcraft; a growing mystery cult whose initiates trace their rites back to a blind shaman in rural Oregon. This sprawling magical community compels Mar to confront what she believes is possible or hopes might be.
With keen intelligence and wit, Mar illuminates the world of witchcraft while grappling in fresh and unexpected ways with the question underlying every faith: Why do we choose to believe in anything at all?
The talk and reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Alex Mar is a writer based in her hometown of New York City. Witches of America is her first book, and a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. Some of her recent work has appeared in The Believer, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, The Oxford American (where she is a contributing editor), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic, currently streaming on Amazon.
Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is canceled.