Elissa Washuta in Conversation with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
- May 4, 2021
The author of White Magic speaks virtually on Fri., May 7th, at 8 p.m. (EDT)!
Loyalty is so excited to welcome Elissa Washuta in conversation with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein for White Magic!!
ABOUT THE BOOK
“White Magic is magnificent.” —Kristen Arnett
Bracingly honest and powerfully affecting, White Magic establishes Elissa Washuta as one of our best living essayists.
Throughout her life, Elissa Washuta has been surrounded by cheap facsimiles of Native spiritual tools and occult trends, “starter witch kits” of sage, rose quartz, and tarot cards packaged together in paper and plastic. Following a decade of abuse, addiction, PTSD, and heavy-duty drug treatment for a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, she felt drawn to the real spirits and powers her dispossessed and discarded ancestors knew, while she undertook necessary work to find love and meaning.
In this collection of intertwined essays, she writes about land, heartbreak, and colonization, about life without the escape hatch of intoxication, and about how she became a powerful witch. She interlaces stories from her forebears with cultural artifacts from her own life—Twin Peaks, the Oregon Trail II video game, a Claymation Satan, a YouTube video of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham—to explore questions of cultural inheritance and the particular danger, as a Native woman, of relaxing into romantic love under colonial rule.
Hosted via Crowdcast by Loyalty Bookstores in Washington, DC. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice or you can order the book below to be added to the event's registration list. Donations will go to Sovereign Bodies Institute. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.