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2023 Event:
Bianca Marais

Hosted by Senator Paula Simons

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor

A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat. Funny, tender and uplifting, The Witches of Moonshyne Manor explores the formidable power that can be discovered in aging, found family and unlikely friendships. Marais’ clever prose offers as much laughter as insight, delving deeply into feminism, identity and power dynamics while stirring up intrigue and drama through secrets, lies and sex.

About Bianca Marais

As well as the bestselling The Witches of Moonshyne Manor, Bianca Marais is the author of the beloved Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh, and the Audible Original, The Prynne Viper. She taught at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies where she was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award for Creative Writing in 2021. She is the co-host of the popular podcast, The Shit No One Tells You About Writing, which is aimed at helping emerging writers become published.

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor (2022)

In The Witches of Moonshyne Manor, five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. The witches’ aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats and so, in an act of desperation, head witch Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Fortunately, help arrives in the form of Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy.

The Honourable Paula Simons is an Independent Senator from Alberta. She joined the Senate in 2018, after a 30 year career as an investigative reporter and political columnist. She has also been – from time to time – a documentary producer, a playwright, and a writer of popular history.