I know, I know. I work for a publisher, so it seems a little counter-intuitive for me to be telling you to visit your local library. But I’ll do it anyway, because we value libraries both as loyal customers of our products, and as an important bridge in getting our books to the widest possible audience, regardless of a reader’s ability to pay. More than that, they offer public services which we feel benefit all of society. As the American Library Association (ALA) puts it, “In tough economic times, libraries give free access to books and computers, homework help, assistance with resumes and job searches, accurate financial information, adult education courses, assistance for new
As an added bonus to our interview with author Bronwen Forbes, I asked her to make up a list of the top ten difficulties of living in a small town as a Pagan. She commented, "I swear I am not making any of these up in full -- all are based on actual comments or my own experiences!" Here then, are her Top 10 Problems of Being a Small Town Pagan:
10. Wondering whether or not you should ask your 5th grade teacher (who is also the town seamstress) to make your ritual robes.
9. Being visited by the Gnome Liberation Front because your front yard is overpopulated with the little ceramic buggers.
8. Having to drive 150 miles one way for incense charcoal -- and then realizing you also need the
In my previous blog about small-town Pagans, I mentioned the new book that Llewellyn author Bronwen Forbes is working on. We sat down and did a little interview over email for you about some of the issues that small-town Pagans face. I hope you enjoy it!
Llewellyn: How long have you lived in small towns?
Bronwen: I moved to a town of 8,000 (at the time) in 1971. After 20 years in the Maryland / DC / Wilmington, DE area, I've lived in various small Midwest towns. So, roughly half my mid-40s life so far.
Llewellyn: What was your first clue that living in a small town as a Pagan was going to be harder than you thought?
Bronwen: When I made what needed to be a quick trip to the
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I am anxiously awaiting a new manuscript from an author of mine, Bronwen Forbes, who has promised to mail it in next week. It’s about the challenges of being a Pagan, Wiccan or Witch living in a small town. For the purposes of the book, Bronwen says that whatever you consider a small town is a small town, whether that’s population 400 or population 22,000 or population 150,000 – the point is that to you, it feels small. Same thing for Pagan – if you consider yourself a Pagan, of any stripe, then you are one for the purposes of this book.
In the book she shares