Friday, August 28, 2015

P.R.A. Publishing Presents Geza Tatrallyay

About the Book

While poetry often uses precise phrases and carefully constructed stanzas to create a kind of written music, author Geza Tatrallyay ups the emotional and structural ante through literary translation. The result is Cello’s Tears, a testament to universal truths that is unhindered by the constraints of a single language. A multilingual world traveler, Tatrallyay wrote his debut poetry collection over many years and in many locales, as evidenced by the poems’ myriad forms and origins—including original haikus, tankas, and translations from German, French, and Hungarian. Beyond their varying origins, the poems playfully push the boundaries of meaning through the use of unconventional words and phrases. Many verses, inspired by the deeply emotive quality of great music, evoke a similar sentimental response in the reader. And in a final ode to the musical quality of the poet’s work, Tatrallyay arranges the verses in four parts, just as a composer arranges a symphony. Emotion, form, and musically influenced symbolism deliver a compulsively readable collection that will delight lovers of contemporary poetry.


Geza Tatrallyay was born in Hungary before his family escaped the Hungarian Revolution by fleeing to Canada. After graduating from Harvard University and studying at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, he went on to earn a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics. An avid fencer, he represented Canada in the 1976 Olympic Games. A lifelong reader who speaks fluent English and Hungarian, as well as conversational French, German, and Spanish, Tatrallyay first delved into poetry in high school. Cello’s Tears, his debut collection, is the culmination of his longtime fascination with poetic verse and human emotion. Tatrallyay is now semi-retired and divides his time between Bordeaux, France, and Barnard, Vermont. He is married and has two grown children.

Interview Questions

1.     How did you come up with the title for your book?
Cello’s Tears is an image I use in one of the poems in the collection. The cello for me is the most evocative instrument, one that when playing a melancholic tune seems to be crying. The notes the cello produces are like tears.

2.     What kind of reader were you as a child? And what were your favorite childhood books?
I was a voracious reader. I loved authors such as Jules Verne (Around the World in 80 Days), Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers), Baroness Orczy (Scarlet Pimpernel), James Fenimore Cooper (The Last of the Mohicans), Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book), Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe). As a young child, I read a lot of Hungarian classics in the original; Hungarian literature is fabulously rich, with only some of it available in translation.

3.     What are your current projects?
I am trying to get a trilogy of memoirs based on Cold War escapes I was involved in published. Two of these are completed and the third one still requires a lot of work. I am also working on a thriller that involves a coup d’etat in France; a first draft of this is three-quarters done. As well, another thriller―the second in a trilogy the first of which is currently being published―is in the works. I also might rework ARCTIC MELTDOWN, the e-thriller I published electronically in 2011 since much of what I envisaged in that novel is playing out today. When inspired, I also write poetry and will eventually put these together in a collection.

4.     What was the last truly great book you read?
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt. It teaches and at the same time thrills. It is history, literature and thriller all rolled into one. It talks about the rediscovery of one of the great epic poems of antiquity, Lucretius’ De Rerum Naturae, in the early Renaissance and how that influenced modern thought thereafter.

5.     The last book that made you cry?
Thomas Snyder’s Badlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin. It truly brings home the brutality that the peoples of the countries between Germany and Russia suffered under those two dictators.

6.    List five words that you feel best describes your book.
      Multi-cultural, translations, experimental, musical, pictorial.

7.     If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you choose?
Goethe’s Faust, Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (to get some tips)

8.     Who is your favorite novelist of all time? Your favorite novelist writing today?
Graham Greene, Philip Kerr. Greene writes wonderfully, creating rich characters, dripping with suspense, evoking time and place. I love the thriller genre, particularly literary thrillers like Greene’s The Third Man. It is also my very favorite movie. Philip Kerr’s books are based on extensive research, and are a fun read with lots of intrigue; his detective character, Bernie Gunther, is brilliant. again, he evokes time and place so well that you are transported.

9.     What are your literary guilty pleasures? Do you have a favorite genre?
I love thrillers, historical fiction and well-written history. Poems. Some erotica.

10.  Which book might we be surprised to find on your bookshelves?
The Onion Book of Known Knowledge. I don’t know how it appeared on my shelf, but this book spoofs facts and knowledge - sort of like Monty Python or Saturday Night Live. I think it is a rare book; I haven’t seen it anywhere else.

11.  What were the most influential books you read as a student?
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species; Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness; Karl Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies; James Joyce, Ulysses; D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterly’s Lover.

12.  Who or what has influenced the writing?
Some poems are influenced by the time I spent in different countries―Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Hungary, USA etc. 
Artists such as Henry Moore, John Turner, Michelangelo, my good friend Jeremy Smith among others, musicians such as Mahler, Ravel and Schubert to name just a few, and other poets such as Bassho, Goethe and Nelligan (a French Canadian poet) have all been influencers.

13.  If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
Arctic Meltdown (my e-thriller)―not because of the writing, but because it addresses a critical issue and is a fun read at the same time (also selfishly, beacuse if he read it and piad attention, others might as well.)

14.  What kind of books do you like to read before bed?
Thrillers. Books that provide excitement  / suspense and learning at the same time.

15.  What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
Fifty Shades of Gray. Boring. There is no plot to speak of, not even any good sex.

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P.R.A. Publishing Presents Kendall Driscoll

  ISBN: 9780984014255 (Print)  $12.00
Speech of the Masquerade is a collection of poetry unmasking the rawness of human emotions. The collection deals with issues which hit close to home and are close to the heart. Speech of the Masquerade is about the sharing of stories, unveiling the beauty of the soul, and the unmasking of self. The poems depict the world view of a young poet who uses experiences both personal and observed; whether the viewing is through the media lens or sheer perceptive observation. This fresh new voice offers much to the literary landscape. From the raves and reviews received Driscoll is a newcomer to watch.

About the Author

Driscoll is a multi-award winner of the Poetry Matters Literary Prize and has published work in Poetry Matters Anthology (P.R.A. Publishing 2011) and Poetry Diversified an Anthology of Human Experience (P.R.A. Publishing 2013), Poetry Diversified 2015      (PRA Publishing). Her work has also been published in Furman University’s literary magazine, The Echo. In addition to writing poetry, Driscoll has written three novels, yet to be published for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Speech of the Masquerade is her first full length solo work to be published. 

Praise For Speech of the Masquerade 

Speech of the Masquerade is by turns melodramatic, playful, and angstridden, and should be required reading for parents and teachers who may have forgotten how it feels to be a teen in turmoil. Kendall Driscoll is the contemplative voice of the Millennials.

                                      J.C. Elkin, author of World Class: Poems Inspired by the ESL Classroom 

“Although Speech of the Masquerade seems to grow out of the world of performance poetry, it has roots that extend to the work of Gwendolyn Brooks and Walt Whitman. Kendall Driscoll is a young
poet with lots of emotional energy, alternately compassionate and playful, whose subjects range from love to procrastination, clarinetists to coffee makers, Mozart to Lady Gaga.”

                                                                                                     Dr. Gilbert Allen, author of Catma 

“In these empathetic poems, Kendall Driscoll explores the messy, perilous, rewarding relationships that tie humans together. Her eye for detailpop culture, high art, weather, placedraws the reader into these expertlydrawn scenes. Speech of the Masquerade is a bighearted book with a wry sense of humor. Read it! You'll thank your lucky stars that you did.” 
                                                                                           Joni Tevis, author of The Wet Collection 

Whether she's ribbing on resumebuilders, writing mockeulogies to defunct coffee machines, or challenging others to gather the courage to live honestly, Kendall's voice reverberates with beauty and truth, which according to some poets, are the same thing.

              Derek Berry author of Skinny Dipping With Strangers 

“Diverse in scope and broad in range, the poems in Driscoll’s impressive debut collection are detailed geographies of the human heart. From laughter to heartbreak, from iPod playlists to violin solos, there is much here to discover and to love.”

                                                                                     Dr. Andrew Geyer, author of A Shared Voice 

“May we stand strong without cowering any longer in fear of what could come,” advises the speaker in “The Destination of Procrastination.” Such wise words could also serve as the mantra of Kendall Driscoll’s fine debut collection. The poems here originate from a range of “masked” human voices—the unheard, the unwanted, the unsure, the shy—and come out swinging in a dazzling array of forms and moods, from lyric relation to comic eulogy, from the epistolary to the latenight confession. These poems are Exhibit A for the case that 1) the outsiders will stand the test of time and 2) poetry will always provide both sanctuary and the potential to heal.

                                                                                   Michael Diebert- author of Life Outside the Set 

"Imagine taking a glass diary, a fragile journal of personal revelations and truth about a personality and life you’ve never known before. You grip it in your hand and throw it with full force against a brick wall. After it shatters into distinct and unique pieces, you pick up each shard and examine it. Feel the rough edges with a careful hand and hold each piece of glass to the air to catch a gleam of sunlight. That rainbow going through each shard of glass that makes you smile, relate and remember the details of your own life experiences....that’s the experience of reading ‘Speech of the Masquerade’. From finding the strength in your own voice to stepping out in love to share it with others then to letting every day show and mold you into a person you’re trying to figure out if you even want to become, this poetry collection is a pure joy to read. It is the perfect blend of complex wordplay mixed with honest simplicity to paint mind pictures that are hard to shake. Ms. Driscoll has truly used language to remove the mask and let the world become privy to a heartfelt journey now revealed." 
                                                             Lady Vee the Poet"- author of Clenched Teeth Smiling 

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Interview Questions 

1. What kind of reader were you as a child? And what were your favorite childhood books? 

As a child, I was an avid reader. I read anything I could get my hands on. When I was in elementary school, I remember I really enjoyed the Junie B. Jones books.

2. What was the last truly great book you read? 
The White Album by Joan Didion. Didion is an absolutely gifted writer.

3. The last book that made you cry? 
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. When I read the book for the first time, I cried for                        the last 50 or so pages of the novel.

4. The last book that made you furious? 
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. The anticlimactic ending truly infuriated me.

5. If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you choose? 
I would definitely bring the last three books in the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).
It’s excellent book series written by an excellent writer and the length of the books would keep me reading for a nice long time on the desert island. 

6. Who is your favorite novelist of all time? 
     J.K. Rowling

7. Your favorite novelist writing today?
     J.K. Rowling

8. What are your literary guilty pleasures? Do you have a favorite genre?
  I don’t specifically have a favorite genre.

9. Which book might we be surprise to find on your bookshelves? 
   Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I’m not typically a reader interested in vampires.

10. What were the most influential books you read as a student? 
The majority of the books I read in my nonfiction class in college would probably have been the most influential books I’ve read. The ten books I read in that spring semester of my sophomore year showed me a variety of writing styles. In a way, they became models of writing I wished to emulate.

11. If you could require the President to read one book, what would it be?
Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. The book has several valuable pieces of wisdom worth reading. 

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P.R.A. Publishing Presents Sylvester Pilgrim

Peripheral: Tales of Horror At A Glance
ISBN 978-1941416-037 electronic book 

About the Book

This is the world of Peripheral, where horrors lurk just beyond the edge of your vision, and the worlds of the seen and unseen collide with terrifying consequences.

While four friends discover the perfect place for an afternoon picnic, a man discovers his secret superpowers in an unexpected way—and a young girl glimpses something out of the corner of her eye that will change her life forever.

As nineteen short stories delve into the darkest recesses of the human experience, one gruesome tale serves as the thread that will bind them forever—culminating in a shocking conclusion that will have you questioning everything you see in your peripheral vision. 

In the debut short story collection of author Sylvester Pilgrim, nothing is what it seems, and everything is connected. So join supernatural forces, ruthless killers, and emerging faces of evil on a nightmarish journey you won’t soon forget—a roller coaster ride of suspense and surprise from beginning to end.


About the Author

Sylvester Pilgrim was born in Barbados. His family moved to Toronto Canada where he grew up.  He has won prizes for both his short stories and poetry. His work can be found in  Literary Orphans an online literary magazine and in Bareback Literature’s anthology, Unwrapped. In addition to writing, Pilgrim enjoys photography, performing in community theatre and working in film. His voice can be heard in “The Last Man in Suburbia.” Pilgrim currently resides in Osaka, Japan where he is an English Instructor and owner of a franchise of  Smith’s School of English. 

Praise for Peripheral Tales of Horror at a Glance

“Explore the supernatural face of evil.  Meet the wife killer, the avenging ghost, the mailroom creep, the tattooed thug, the suicidal counselor, carnivorous plants, and the emerging demon in fast-moving stories told with a no-nonsense, gritty style that engages, repels, and provokes.  These are not for the faint-of-heart, but you’ll remember the ride.”
                                                                  ~R.R. Brooks, author of the epic fantasy Justi the Gifted

“Sylvester Pilgrim delves into the dark recesses of the human psyche in this short story collection, following a tortuous trail of murder, madness, and mayhem. Those with the fortitude to brave supernatural assignations, gruesome plot twists, and the deadly dance of betrayal and vengeance will enjoy this dystopian diversion through shadowy byways where lust and greed rule the night.”
                    ~Robert G. Ferrell, author of Tangent (Scirlingarra Book 1) 

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Thursday, August 27, 2015


  For the last four years I have been working to find the simplest way to reach out to the literary community.  I have tried to be a friend on Facebook, Googled, Twitted, word pressed and worked on numerous websites. I have finally found the place P.R.A. will call home. It is Google. This is the first post from our new location. Here's hoping we find our true home here.

 Lucinda Clark