Live Stream: Mary McMyne presents The Book of Gothel, in conversation with Olesya Salnikova Gilmore

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Image contains the text: Mary McMyne in conversation with Olesya Salnikova Gilmore: Thureday, August 4, 2022. 6 PM ET. Virtual. Next to the text are photos of the participant and the cover of the featured book.

Join us for a virtual evening with Mary McMyne and Olesya Salnikova Gilmore! McMyne will sign copies of The Book of Gothel purchased at Malaprop's. Please order below and indicate that you want a signed copy in the "comments" section during checkout.

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Everyone knows the tale of Rapunzel in her tower, but do you know the story of the witch who put her there? Haelewise has always lived under the shadow of her mother, Hedda--a woman who will do anything to keep her daughter protected. For with her strange black eyes and even stranger fainting spells, Haelewise is shunned by her village, and her only solace lies in the stories her mother tells of child-stealing witches, of princes in wolf-skins, of an ancient tower cloaked in mist, where women will find shelter if they are brave enough to seek it. Then, Hedda dies, and Haelewise is left unmoored. With nothing left for her in her village, she sets out to find the legendary tower her mother used to speak of--a place called Gothel, where Haelewise meets a wise woman willing to take her under her wing. But Haelewise is not the only woman to seek refuge at Gothel. It's also a haven for a girl named Rika, who carries with her a secret the Church strives to keep hidden. A secret that reveals a dark world of ancient spells and murderous nobles behind the world Haelewise has always known... Told from her own perspective, The Book of Gothel is a lush, historical retelling filled with dark magic, crumbling towers, mysterious woods, and evil princes. This is the truth they never wanted you to know, as only a witch might tell it.

Mary McMyne has widely published stories and poems in venues like Redivider, Gulf Coast, Strange Horizons, and Apex Magazine, and her debut fairytale poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), won the Elgin Chapbook Award. She is a graduate of the New York University MFA Program.

Olesya Salnikova Gilmore was born in Moscow, Russia, raised in the U.S., and graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in English/political science, and from Northwestern School of Law with a JD. She practiced litigation at a large law firm for several years before pursuing her dream of becoming an author. She is most happy writing historical fiction and fantasy inspired by Eastern European folklore. She lives in a wooded, lakeside suburb of Chicago with her husband and daughter. The Witch and the Tsar is her debut novel.


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The Book of Gothel By Mary McMyne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316393119
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Redhook - July 26th, 2022

The Witch and the Tsar By Olesya Salnikova Gilmore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593546970
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ace - September 20th, 2022

SKU: x672389