For the past two decades, fans have wanted to know what happened to the
characters in Alice Hoffman’s 1995 novel, Practical Magic, which was
turned into a film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
“[Practical Magic] is a lot of people’s favorite book, and many also loved
the movie. I thought it would be great to go backward in time with it, not forward,” Hoffman says. She wanted to look at the aunts to find out how they
came to be who they were.
In order to write the prequel, The Rules of Magic (Simon & Schuster, Oct.),
The Method Behind the Magic
Hoffman had to
York City in the
1960s. “I felt
like I was time
traveling. It was
fun to be back
in New York
says. “I did a lot
Village, and I feel
I could now lead
tours around Washington Square Park. Everything
was so new and unique—fashion you’d never
seen before, music you’d never heard before. It
was also a time when people were into looking at
different philosophies and cultures, different
ways of thinking, looking at spirituality, astrology.
People used drugs to expand their minds and
thoughts about what reality was, so for me it
seemed like the perfect setting for magic.”
As Hoffman explored the ’60s, she saw parallels
with what’s happening in the world today. “There
were a lot of people back then feeling like outsiders,
being different and disapproved of, just like today,”
she says. “There’s a similar kind of realization and
worry about what would happen if there were a
war. Back then, and now, there were fears about
the government, and young people similarly are
really nervous that there’s not a future for them.”
The Boston-based writer has appeared at
BookExpo several times, and looks forward to
returning. “It’s a great experience because I
get to see so many people, many of whom I know
from Facebook, but have never met in person,”
she says, adding, “BookExpo is such a great way
to get your book out there and connect with
readers and bloggers and people you wouldn’t
ordinarily meet.” —Hilary S. Kayle
Today, 12–12: 45 p.m. Alice Hoffman will sign
at the Simon & Schuster booth (1420, 1421).
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