Maggie Anton

Maggie Anton, acclaimed author of the historical fiction series Rashi’s Daughters and Rav Hisda’s Daughter (a 2012 Library Journal Best Historical Fiction and finalist for the 2012 Jewish Book Award), has spent years researching what the Talmud says about sorcery, in addition to Jewish amulets, Babylonian incantation bowls, and magic manuals from the Cairo Geniza. In her new original novel Enchantress, out September 2nd 2014—just in time for the High Holidays and Jewish Book Month, she has used these ancient sources to weave a literary tapestry that illuminates life in 4th-century Babylonia, land where the very word “magic” originated, as seen through the eyes of this learned and passionate woman.