In the unforgettable novel, Magic Lessons: A Prequel to Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman traces a centuries-old curse to its source. Perhaps you’ve already guessed — the Owens bloodline began with Maria Owens, the matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic. In the 1600s, Maria was abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learned about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognized that Maria had a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that Maria learnedher first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.
The guest host for this event is Cynthia Canty, an Emmy award-winning radio and TV journalist, anchor, and morning personality who most recently was the host of WUOM’s program Stateside.