‘The Age of Witches’ has arrived in Larry Brody’s Backyard

LB’S NOTE: Port Townsend, the biggest little town across Puget Sound from Seattle where I live, is one of the most innovative places for artists of all kinds in the good ole U.S.A.

Don’t believe it? Here’s the kind of thing Port Townsandians are regularly up to:


by Diane Urbani de la Paz

“Annis and James had a chance, if they decided to take it. She wouldn’t make the decision for them, but she could help them to see what was possible.

“She opened her eyes, stretched out her hands, and murmured,

“Surely know, clearly see

“The future you desire to be.

“Be not afraid, do not delay,

“Seize your chance while yet you may.”

So unfold the thoughts — and chant — of Miss Harriet Bishop, one of the powerful women in “The Age of Witches,” Louisa Morgan’s new novel. It’s a saga set in New York City during the Gilded Age — 1890 — starring Harriet, her 18-year-old niece Annis, and Annis’ hesitant paramour James.

The woman behind the Morgan pen name is Louise Marley, a Port Townsend-based author who was about to embark on a tour promoting “The Age,” and is instead staying at home.

There, she’s learning reader-connection technologies she couldn’t have dreamt of.

Among them are Zoom, Crowdcast and Instagram Live, on which Marley recently attended a cocktail party. Orbit Books, a sci-fi and fantasy publisher, hosted the affair, which concocted a mixed drink to match the book’s witches.

During this get-together, the internet booted Marley off twice, she said, but it was ultimately a fun and savvy-making experience….

Read it all at peninsuladailynews.com

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