Stacy Schiff: The Witches Salem, 1692

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Join us for a special evening with Stacy Schiff, the author of "Cleopatra" and "VĂ©ra," who unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and a 75-year-old man crushed to death.

The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.

As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, "The Witches" is an American mystery now unveiled fully by author Stacy Schiff in a book the New York Times described as having "an almost novelistic, thriller-like narrative."

Elliott Bay Book Company will have books (including the just-off-the-press paperback version of "The Witches: Salem, 1692") for purchase and signing.

Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors to the event open at 6:30 p.m.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.
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By: The Seattle Public Library