Houston author Katherine Howe is casting a spell over readers with her new book The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. The debut novelist didn't have to go far for a storyline - she just reached into her family history. Like her lead character Connie Godwin, Howe is the descendent of a woman who got caught up in the Salem witch trials (the author's ancestors include Elizabeth Proctor, who survived the ordeal, and Elizabeth Howe, who didn't). The story is told in chapters that alternate from the time of the trials to the present day as readers uncover the magical ties that reach beyond generations. 2 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7500 or visit www.mfah.org. Free.
Sat., June 27, 2 p.m., 2009