Tuesday, May 07, 2013

"Rav Hisda's Daughter again

Jewish novelist writes about real magic and sorcerers of ancient Babylon

Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com
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on May 06, 2013 at 2:32 PM, updated May 06, 2013 at 3:23 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Jewish novelist Maggie Anton has found herself dealing with some of the same subject matter as fellow female novelist J.K. Rowling of "Harry Potter" fame, but Anton's magic stories are based on real history.

Anton, author of the novel "Rav Hisda's Daughter," (Plume, 452 pp., $16) will speak Tuesday at noon at Temple Beth-El's Sisterhood luncheon.

The ancient Aramaic Jewish incantation bowls come up in the discussion. I only wish that the new bowls flooding the market had been excavated by archaeologists as she says. Most of them are unprovenanced and therefore of debatable authenticity.

Background on Anton's work is here and links.