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If you would like to purchase a limited first edition of SOR JUANA’S SECOND DREAM and/or CALLIGRAPHY OF THE WITCH, please click the PayPal link below each title. It’s important for you to indicate in the Comments box how (or if) you would like for me to personalize the book(s).

Sor Juana’s Second Dream (University of New Mexico Press, 1999)

Autographed First Edition

Sor Juana’s Second Dream (1999)

New. Autographed, First Edition. Limited supply. Historical novel on the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the 17th-century Mexican nun/poet/scholar known today as Mexico's "Tenth Muse" and the "First Feminist of the Americas." Told in third- and first-person narrative, the novel weaves Sor Juana's own poetry and prose with invented letters and journal entries that reveal the kind of sister she really was, and the truth of her struggles with the Catholic Church. It is the first English-language novel published on Sor Juana. The novel has been adapted into an opera, a theatrical play, and a screenplay. Winner of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award for Best Historical Fiction Novel. Please indicate preferred personalization: a) Autograph only, b) Autograph + date, c) Autograph + your name, d) None


Praise for Sor Juana’s Second Dream (from the back cover)

“Beautifully written, without doubt the best book I have read this year. A masterpiece.” — Greg Sarris, author of Watermelon Nights

“An adventuresome exploration into the lyrical and historical vision of an extraordinary woman, written by an extraordinary novelist who has given us a new possibility to dream and invent Sor Juana Inés all over again.” Marjorie Agosín, Wellesley College

Praise for Sor Juana’s Second Dream (from the back cover of the 2007 paperbound edition)

“Gaspar de Alba masterfully mixes historical reality with fictional creativity as she reinvents the seventeenth-century intellectual, poet, and nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.” —MultiCultural Review

“…intelligent, thoroughly researched novel … This work of fine scholarship and vision should increase awareness of a compelling historical figure.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Gaspar de Alba’s multi-faceted portrayal of Sor Juana is extremely compelling … [she] spent nine years researching and trying to understand the seventeenth-century poet … and has done a wonderful job of communicating her understanding to the reader.” — The Lesbian Review of Books

Calligraphy of the Witch (St. Martin’s Press, 2007)

Autographed First Edition

Calligraphy of the Witch (2007)

New. Autographed, First Edition. Limited supply. A Chicana Gothic Historical novel about the New England witchcraft trials of the late 17th-century from the point of view of a transplanted mestiza from Mexico (Sor Juana's scribe) who is captured in Vera Cruz by pirates, sold as a slave to a Puritan merchant, and accused of witchcraft for reciting "Hombres necios queer acusaís a las mujeres sin razón" in Spanish. Please indicate preferred personalization: a) Autograph only, b) Autograph + date, c) Autograph + your name, d) None


Praise for Calligraphy of the Witch (from the back cover):

“A book of historical detail and poetic precision. Gaspar de Alba’s magic is that her story humanizes the witch hunts of 1692 and, in turn, the witch hunts of today.” —Sandra Cisneros, author of Caramelo, The House on Mango Street, and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

“A mestiza’s stunning account of an American tragedy–the Salem witch trials–which resonates with the current political climate that demonizes and scapegoats the ‘foreigners.’…”–Rigoberto González, author of Butterfly Boy, Other Fugitives and Strangers, and Crossing Vines

“A passionate, dynamic view of seventeenth-century New England when Salem’s witch trials accused independent-minded women of crimes they did not commit. Superbly plotted. Calligraphy of the Witch is a journey of the heart in which a mother and a daughter must negotiate unjust cultural conflicts…” —Emma Perez, historian and author of Gulf Dreams

“Get ready for a new kind of superhero: Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s Calligraphy of the Witch tells the tale of the magnificent Concepción, a Mexican amanuensis to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, who is stolen from Mexico and sold as a slave in seventeenth-century Massachusetts…a vivid, beautifully told tale of pirates, rebels, passion, mother-daughter love, and the eternal search for freedom…” —Yxta Maya Murray, author of The Queen Jade, The Conquest, and What It Takes to Get to Vegas

Trailer by Alma López for Calligraphy of the Witch (paperback published by Arte Público Press, 2012). Featuring Adelina Anthony as Hannah Jeremiah, “daughter of a pirate and a witch.”
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