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Law Librarian's Guide to Witchcraft

Well, actually, it is the Girl's Guide to Witchcraft, but it is the latest book from lawyer cum law librarian cum novelist Mindy Klasky Maddrey. The book, released this week, is the story of Jane Madison, a special librarian who discovers that she's a witch. "Jane's story combines the single-girl angst of Bridget Jones's Diary with the magic of Harry Potter," Maddrey says. And librarianship, she adds, is vital to the plot. Romantic Times calls the book, "an irresistible tale of power and love, friendship and acceptance."

This is Maddrey's seventh novel. She has written a five-book fantasy series known as the Glasswright series that tell the story of Rani Trader, a merchant girl who witnesses an assassination and is accused of being the killer. The first book in the series, The Glasswrights' Apprentice, won the Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award for best first speculative fiction novel in 2000. Her other book, Season of Sacrifice, is also a fantasy novel.

D.C.-based Maddrey, who writes under her maiden name Mindy Klasky, put in seven years as a trademark and copyright lawyer at Arent Fox (when it was still Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn). She became a law librarian to give herself more time to write. She started in the library at Steptoe & Johnson, then returned to Arent Fox to work in its library for seven years. She is now at Kelley Drye Collier Shannon.

Maddrey somehow finds time to write a blog, Virtual Cocktails. As if all that were not enough, Jane Madison, the heroine of her latest novel, writes one too.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 29, 2006 at 05:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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