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Red Silk Sari at People Called Women bookstore in Toledo, Ohio!

December 15, 2013


Red Silk Sari is now on sale at the feminist bookstore People Called Women in Toledo, OH!

Do check out this locally owned, woman-owned shop, the only feminist bookstore in Toledo

Mason-Dixon Publishing - Poetry Blog: 8 signs of a good poem

December 06, 2013


This link to 8 signs of a good poem comes to us courtesy of my sister Zona Rosan Claudia Schlottman, herself a fine poet:

Here are two of her own blogs - her own poems - her internet diary on moving through the grief of losing her husband Clint. 

Red Silk Sari, Venusification on Amazon!

November 26, 2013


In addition to our website. we are now have the paperback version of Venusification and Red SIlk Sari on Amazon. If you have read these books, please feel free to leave comments there as well as email us. And - our deepest thanks to everyone who has already purchased Red Silk Sari and Venusification.  As writers, both Joe and I are humbled by your appreciation of our work.

As you will see, Amazon charges shipping, while we do not charge shipping to you from our own site. Whether you use Amazon (because, for instance, you are purchasing other gifts from that site) or come, Joe and I will be grateful for your patronage and will send the book out as soon as we get your request.

We hope to hear from you on November 30: National Small Business Saturday!

Red Silk Sari: Poems on Amazon

Venusification on Amazon

This Holiday Season, Give Mason-Dixon Books

November 22, 2013



Support November 30 is Small Business Saturday, in time for the holiday season. This year, give the gift of literature from Mason-Dixon Publishing.

Unlike corporate store chains, a small business can offer unique gift items. For instance, here in Savannah my husband Marty knows I’d love anything from Zia Boutique, a jewelry shop on Broughton Street. I will hint (not so subtly,  here in this blog!) that I yearn for a signed first edition of Natasha Tretheway’s Native Guard, which is behind glass at The BookLady. on Liberty Street.

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 Mason-Dixon Publishing. For literary science fiction, pick the collection Venusification. From the burgeoning field of Asian-American literature, get Red Silk Sari, poetry of the Indian-American experience.

Books are lovely for host/hostess gifts or company or club gift exchanges, But consider a Mason-Dixon Publishing book for a writer investigating independent presses.for her book, or for an aspiring book reviewer assembling a sample portfolio. 

Presentation ideas:

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

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

3. What about a book basket? Add either book to a basket with such great reading accompaniments as wine, chocolate, cookies, or a tin of cocoa, coffee, or tea.


Inaugural Blog series; Science writing, Science Fiction, Poetry

November 14, 2013


Joe and I have gotten involved in the past few months in activities involving the interests which had initiated Mason-Dixon Publishing. Jore has been working in the Green Party for city council elections in Bowling Green, OH. I have attended book festivals as part of our marketing strategy for Red Silk Sari.

However, in addition to our usual Mason-Dixon news and general blogs, there will be a roughly rotating series on science writing, science fiction, and poetry. These are the main areas which Mason-Dixon Publishing champions, although we love to read all great writing! In the future, the topic will appear in the title

We begin this series with science writing. In this provocative column, the writers suggests several ways that the public can influence the course of science research, so that it is not wholly determined by government and business (Grant) money.

“How can nonscientists influence the course of scientific research” The Guardian, by Cath Ennis

Responses to this blog are encouraged, especially to counteract the cranky comments in The Guardian!

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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. .