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Last Modified: October 18, 2021
Alberta Reads Book Club Selection: The Witch's Diary
‘The Witch’s Diary’ Selected for the Alberta Reads Book Club

The Alberta Reads Provincial Book Club just got a whole lot more magical. They’ve announced The Witch’s Diary by Rebecca Brae, published by Tyche Books, as their selection for September/October 2021. The perfect read for the lead-up to Halloween!

The Alberta Reads Book Club is an online, province-wide book club run by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) that profiles the rich culture of books that are published right here in Alberta. We’ve already had the pleasure of speaking to Rebecca Brae about writing fantasy and her inspiration behind The Witch’s Diary, and we know you’ll love getting to know all her quirky, earnest characters as much as we did. 

Here’s how to make the most of the September/October Alberta Reads Book Club:

  1. Read the book description below and then head to your local library or bookstore to borrow/buy a copy.
  2. Follow the Book Publishers Association of Alberta on Facebook and Twitter as they post discussion questions each week. Join the ongoing discussion by following #ABReads and #ABBooks.
  3. Read our interview with Rebecca Brae here.

About the Book

Hester Wishbone has it made. A recent graduate of Grimoire College, she has a great job as a village hag and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her familiar. She is also well on her way to earning her Adept Witch designation.

But her perfect life starts to unravel. After an unfortunate incident involving a flammable prosthetic nose, Hester loses her job. Her assigned familiar turns out to be a cockroach. And Hester’s magic seems to be well and truly gone.

With time running out on her Adept qualification period, Hester embarks on an epic job search. Her quest takes her to sticky gingerbread houses, dank bogs, and even the dreaded Outerplane (which is a Level 7 Magical Null Zone). Through it all, Hester must figure out what kind of witch she is, if she has no magic.

Rebecca Brae lives in Alberta, Canada with her partner, daughter, and growing pack of animal companions. She is an artist, lover of diversity, fog enthusiast, and proud geek who aspires to one day live in a cave by the ocean (with wifi, of course). Her background in Criminology and Classical Studies informs her writing in unexpected and occasionally horrifying ways.

In addition to The Witch’s Diary, Rebecca has co-authored two urban fantasy novels, Chaos Bound and Curse Bound, has short stories in Water: Selkies, Sirens, & Sea Monsters and Swashbuckling Cats: Nine lives on the Seven Seas, and drabbles in 100 Word Horrors and 100 Word Horrors 2. Connect with her on Twitter @RebeccaBrae and at

The Witch's Diary book cover imageThe Witch’s Diary

Rebecca Brae

Published: Sep 22, 2020 by Tyche Books

ISBN: 9781989407219