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March 25, 2018 - Red Silk Press at Local Author Day, Savannah GA

March 19, 2018


Look for Red Silk Press at Local Author Day! A charming outdoor book fair held from 1-4 pm at Lafayette Square in Savannah, Georgia, this event for local authors is sponsored by The BookLady Bookstore and Flannery O’Connor House.

I will share a table with Rosemary Daniell, founder of the extraordinary Zona Rosa, the writing and living group of which I am a member. We will have her books as well as the three now in MDP’s stable:

Red Silk Sari - poems by Ujjvala Bagal Rahn - living in two worlds:; India and America, science and art, the North and the South, parenthood and childhood.

Venusification - science fiction by Joe Demare - 21st century themes in the style of the Golden Age of science fiction.

Promiseland - memoir by Avinash Bagal - a timid young Indian man arrives in the America in 1959, and over the years he realizes that wherever in the world he travels, America stays with him.

Coming soon: an ebook on first year chemistry by Alonzo Parker, a fellow chemist.


Shop Small - November 25, 2017

November 23, 2017


November 25 was Small Business Saturday, in time for the holiday season. But keep shopping small! 

Books are the appropriate, affordable gifts of literary art for Chanukah, Christmas. the winter solstice, and Kwanzaa.  Instead of a commercial offering at the local mall bookstore,  a more thoughtful gift would be a book from an independent press like Red Silk Press.

This year for ShopSmall 2017, Red Silk Press is having a 3-book sale!

For literary science fiction, pick up the collection Venusification
3 for $25.00

From the burgeoning field of Asian-American literature, get Red Silk Sari, poetry of the Indian-American experience.
3 for $25.00

And for a stirring account of the immigrant experience, read Promiseland, our newest offering.
3 for $35.00.

Presentation ideas:

1. If you belong to a book club, why not get everyone a copy of Red Silk Sari, Promiseland, or Venusification as the next reading selection?

2. Stuff a stocking with Red Silk Sari, Promiseland, or Venusification.

3. What about a book basket?

Promiseland - with a tin of Darjeeling tea and snacks of from a local Indian restaurant or snack shop (ask them about Indian tea nibbles).

Venusification - with popcorn, and a bottle of soda from a gourmet shop

Red Silk Sari - with a bottle of wine (I think they pair well!) or a box of chocolates

Get up, get out and #ShopSmall on Nov 25. Celebrate #SmallBizSat with us!

Red Silk Press at The BookLady Bookstore AND Decatur Book Festival 2017!

August 25, 2017

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Wonderful news - Red Silk Press is at The BookLady Bookstore AND Decatur Book Festival!

Both venues carry our titles Red Silk Sari, Venusification, and Promiseland.

If you’re visiting Savannah during Labor Day weekend, you MUST visit The BookLady Bookstore, a soothing well-stocked bookshop in a go-down (a few steps below street level) across from The DeSoto hotel on Liberty Street. Here’s a view inside:


If you stay through Sept 5 (the Tuesday after Labor Day Weekend you could see Joyce Maynard and Rosemary Daniell! Their event starts at 6:30 pm.

But if you’re headed to Atlanta - or even the Decatur Book Festival itself - you can buy these titles in the Emerging Writers tent. And we might find each other there - I’ll be around!



Promiseland on

November 11, 2016

Check out the lovely first chapter of Promiseland by my father Avinash Bagal on, the website for Khabar, the news magazine for Indians in the Atlanta area. In the website, click on the image of the magazine cover under the title Digital Issue. Type Bagal in the Search window on the upper left. Links will appear for each page of the piece.

And if you want more – we have it for $12.95 here on MDP as well as on Amazon.



Mason-Dixon Publishing at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair (Apr 4-5)

April 01, 2014




Joe’s family left Ohio for Buffalo, New York in the middle of his high school years. I can still remember one of his poems about cross-country skiing there. Joe and his wife lived in the area for years before moving back to Ohio nearer to her parents, but they regularly visit Joe’s family back in western New York. It was natural that Mason-Dixon Publishing would make an appearance at BSPBF, a regional independent press book fair in its eighth year.

Look for Joe at the Mason-Dixon Publishing press, where there will be copies of Venusification and Red Silk Sari.

Despite the “small” in its name, 2013 BSPBF hosted 125 vendors for nearly 4,500 attendees. This year they are aiming for 140 vendors and 5000 attendees, and authors and artists from across the country as well as from Montreal. Apparently, according the BSPBF press release, the fair has drawn the interest of AWP, the New York Arts Book Fair and MLA.

LIke many book fairs, concurrent events before, during, and after the actual fair days include poetry readings and open readings. Try to make to at least one of the open workshops in the different facets of printing - first come first seated, however.  Check out the schedule.

The main venue will be at the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), but auxiliary events will be held at the Western New York Book Arts Center.




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Red Silk Sari

Order a copy of our first book of poetry. These poems explore the complexities of being, Indian and American in experiences such as childbirth, death, love, and joy.

Venusification and Other Stories

Click this link to read "The Old Spaceman," an award winning story included in the book.These provocative short stories will challenge you, taking you to exotic places and times


Our latest offering! This memoir by Avinash Bagal is a story of the South Asian immigration experience from the early 1960s up to the collapse of the World Trade Center. .