Well, this is a charmer. Author Taisia Kitaiskaia and illustrator Katy Horan created what they call a celebration of magical women writers. Each writer gets a witchly description ("Enchantress of bitter love, treachery, and jewels"), followed by a brief tale that's essentially a magical bio, then a short real bio and suggestions of works to read. Each is accompanied by an illustration of the real woman, but rooted in something akin to fairy tales or, in some cases, an almost Frida Kahlo-esque interpretation.
The range of chosen writers is pleasingly wide and diverse. There are well-known writers, like Flannery O'Connor and Virginia Woolf; ancient writers like Sappho; many women who are not white Americans; new-to-me writers like Yumiko Kurahashi, a Japanese experimental writer described as producing works that include ghosts, flying heads, witch masks, incest, and bestiality. Why, yes, I'd like to check her out. International writers are well represented and introduced me to other names I wasn't familiar with, but do plan to check out.
That said, there are some factual inaccuracies in the areas that are supposed to be literal. A friend noticed that Mary Wollstonecraft is reported in this book to have died during childbirth, when she actually died several weeks later. I noticed that in Virginia Woolf's bio, she's listed as childfree and sexually liberated, both presented as her being a feminist and ahead of her time. However, I'm in the midst of reading her journals (so wonderful) and it's clear that while she's childfree, and it's by choice, it's not a choice she's altogether happy about; her doctors and husband both demanded that she not undergo motherhood because of her mental health issues. In her diaries, she notes several times how wistful visiting her nieces and nephews makes her and occasionally ponders what life would have been like with children. Would she have been able to produce her masterpieces? Who knows? But to simply present her as a feminist who was childfree by choice is losing the context that's a bit melancholy and not as celebratory.
However, these are nitpicks. Read the book with a grain of salt and more for the witchly parts and wonderful illustrations rather than hard-core facts. Then seek out the writers you're not familiar with and be thankful someone introduced you to them.