New York Times bestselling author of "Conversion" and editor of "The Penguin Book of Witches"
Katherine Howe is author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, a novel of the Salem witch trials which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, and which was named one of USA Today’s Top Ten Books of 2009. Her second bestselling novel, The House of Velvet and Glass, visited Boston in the aftermath of the Titanic sinking. Summer 2014 saw the release of her third novel, a literary thriller called Conversion which explores a Massachusetts prep school in the grip of a mysterious illness. Her research on witchcraft has been collected in a primary source reader for Penguin Classics called The Penguin Book of Witches, which debuted on the Mid-Atlantic Indiebound bestseller list when it was published in September 2014. Her fourth novel, a New York City-based literary thriller called The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen, will be released in Fall 2015. She has discussed her historical fiction writing on “Good Morning America,” on “CBS This Morning,” on the History Channel, and she hosted “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” for the National Geographic Channel US and UK. Most recently she was seen commenting in the WGN special “Salem: Witches are Real,” and she spoke about witchcraft on NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Her fiction has been translated into over twenty languages. In Spring 2015 she will be the visiting writer in residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina, where she will begin work on her fifth novel. A native Texan, she lives in New England and upstate New York, where she is a lecturer in American studies at Cornell.