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Powell's Books Presents Alice Hoffman in Conversation With Ann Leary
In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic. Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back. When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life: Love is the only thing that matters. MAGIC LESSONS (Simon & Schuster) is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling. Hoffman will be joined in conversation by Ann Leary, author of The Children and Outtakes From a Marriage.

Oct 20, 2020 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Alice Hoffman
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We Knew, The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.
Ann Leary
Ann Leary is the author of the novels, The Children, The Good House, Outtakes from a Marriage, and the memoir, An Innocent, a Broad. Her bestselling novel, The Good House, has recently been adapted as a motion picture. The film starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline, will be released in 2020. Ann’s New York Times essay, “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive,” was adapted for the Amazon Modern Love TV Series and stars Tina Fey and John Slattery. She is currently working on a new novel and a collection of essays for Simon and Schuster. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages and she has written for numerous publications including Ploughshares, NPR, Real Simple and the New York Times. Ann and her husband Denis Leary live in New York.