Publishing clearinghouse: ‘Blues of Heaven’; ‘Understanding Mulk Raj Anand’

Book events

“Authors and Anecdotes” Book Club, featuring Barbara Ras, author of “The Blues of Heaven”
Noon, May 6

Ras delivers her characteristic subjects with new daring that both rattles and beguiles. Here are poems of grief over her brother’s death; doors to an idiosyncratic working-class childhood among Polish immigrants; laments for nature and politics out of kilter. Ras portrays the climate crisis, guns out of control, the reckless injustice and ignorance of the United States government. At the same time, her poems nimbly focus on particulars — these facts, these consequences — bringing the wreckage of unfathomable harm home with immediacy and integrity. Ras weaves her wise humor throughout, moving deftly from sardonic to whimsical to create an expansive, ardent, and memorable book. Click here to register.

New books

Understanding Mulk Raj Anand: His Mind and Art” by K.D. Varma, professor emeritus of English at Pitt-Johnstown

“Understanding Mulk Raj Anand: His Mind and Art” is a collection of critical essays and letters that examines Anand as a novelist, an art critic and a thinker in a broad cultural context of the 20th century critical theories of postmodernism, post-coloniality and new historicism. This study explores the significance of Anand’s 20-year stay in England, especially the making of Anand the novelist, and also of Anand of the post-1945 era. Read more about the essays in the South Asian Literary Association


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Newly published works can be submitted through this link. Please keep the book descriptions short and accessible to a general audience.

Journals should be peer-reviewed. Self-published works will not be accepted. The listings also are restricted to complete works, because individual chapters, articles, works of art and poems would be too numerous.

We’ll also be highlighting some books and book talks with connections to Pitt.

If you have any questions, please contact editor Susan Jones at or 412-244-4042.