Tuesday, April 30, 2013

From the Desk of Vitasta Raina

Dismembered she lies...

..in the jungles of her mind

Vitasta Raina is the author of Writer's Block.  Her latest work will appear in the forthcoming Indo-English Poetry Anthology, to be published by Hidden Brook Press.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Emanations: Second Sight in the University Classroom

This morning I met with students from Professor Donald Hassler's Literature Studies and Honors courses at Kent State University to discuss International Authors.  This semester, Professor Hassler has students reading Emanations: Second Sight.

We covered a variety of topics, which I'll list here while they are fresh in my memory:

International Authors
Commercial Writing v. "Literary" Writing
Harry Potter
John Milton
Milton to Locke to the American Revolution
Critical Synoptics and Analytic Philosophy
The International Authors edition of The Scarlet Letter
Dario Rivarossa's  Dante was a Fantasy Writer
The Avant-Garde
Richard Kostelanetz
Michael Moorcock
Langdon Jones
Michael Butterworth
New Worlds
Jerry Cornelius
Jeffery Hodges
Vitasta Raina
Terrance Lindall
Ruud Antonius
Hayden Westfield-Bell
Dev Makhija
Elkie Riches' novel Reclamation 
Prototype X
Science fiction
"How to write"
Taking risks
Academic publishing
The concept of the refereed journal, and the role of readers and the editorial advisory board
The hegemony of the English language, globalism; corporations and globalism

Kent State University students at the meeting:

Many thanks to Professor Hassler and his students!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Congratulations to director Dev Makhija, whose new film Oonga will premier May 3 at the New York Indian Film Festival.  Produced by Speaking Tree Pictures, Oonga presents an odyssey from rural to urban India, set against a backdrop of civil strife, mining, and the commercial exploitation of the environment. There is a fair bit of myth involved as well. Dev is a member of the International Authors board of editorial advisors.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

In Paris this Weekend?

You are invited to

A Satirical Salon

with writer

Philip Murray-Lawson

Sunday, April 7 at 6 pm

Erin Byrne's apt, Ile St Louis

RSVP by email to reserve your spot (limited space) and for details
(contact International Authors: iasubmissions@hotmail.com)

“Parody, despite its humorous effect, is involved in the very serious business of pointing out what is to be avoided in a real world of pain and suffering.”

                  - Carter Kaplan, Critical Synoptics

What do the following works of fiction have in common?

The Satyricon, Guargantua, Gulliver’s Travels, Candide, Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, Lolita, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy...

They are all examples of Menippean Satire.

In this talk, Mr. Murray Lawson will be giving a personal analysis of Menippean Satire. He will be discussing its classical origins, its main characteristics, its resurgence in postmodern literature and its aims which go beyond the purely literary to reach a philosophy of life itself.

Philip Murray-Lawson

Philip Murray-Lawson studied History in the University of Aberdeen. He lives in Paris where he runs Evolution-abc, a language consulting company.

His first works were translations of fin de siècle author Marcel Schwob. They appeared in Udolpho, the Gothic Society periodical, to which Philip also contributed non-fiction.

A collection of horror stories Heresies was published in 2000.

He is published in Vignettes & Postcards published by Shakespeare & Co and has contributed to Emanations, an annual anthology of avant garde writings published by International Authors.