The Middle East–East of the Sun

Assyria, Mesopotamia, Persia; Arabia. These are names you know and recognize. Iran. Iraq. Syria. Pakistan. You know these names as well, but not for the same reason. The first set is associated with rich history, culture, and the cradle of civilization. The second set is associated with war, fear, and modern politics. But what if […]

Amy Kuivalainen–East of the Sun

This week we are exploring Scandinavia with a delightful new author. Amy Kuivalainen is a Finnish Australian writer with an obsessive interest in the fairy tales and mythology of the Nordic countries and Russia, as well as magical wardrobes, doors, auroras and burial mounds that might offer her a way into another realm. Until her […]

Scandinavia–East of the Sun

And now the part of the program you have all been waiting for…Vikings!

Sarah Hans–East of the Sun

Welcome back to East of the Sun! This week we are exploring the Mediterranean sea, as well as Africa. As this is a very broad region, we’ve invited an author with a very broad scope. Please welcome Sarah Hans, editor of Steampunk World. Sarah is an author, editor, and educator. About a dozen of her […]

Mediterranea and Africa–East of the Sun

This week we’re visiting a very interesting part of the world. You know it as the home of olives and pasta, and maybe the beginnings of civilization. It’s the Mediterranean Sea, with all of it’s surrounding countries. Let me list off some of the important ones for you.

Interview with Simon Morden–East of the Sun

Welcome back to East of the Sun! This week we’re reading in Celtic Europe, and we’re talking to Simon Morden about the importance of cultural diversity, and things to keep in mind when writing about other cultures.

Celtic Europe–East of the Sun

Our reading adventures this week take us to very familiar territory–or does it? The Western world has long been credited with producing the best literature, beginning in ancient Greece and Rome, then migrating to England where it has pretty much remained ever since. But before England was invaded six times, producing a race of invaders […]

John Colarusso–East of the Sun

Imagine waking up one morning and discovering an entirely new part of the world that no one ever realized existed. That was what it was like for me when I discovered the Nart Sagas. The Nart Sagas a collection of myths and legends from Circassia and Ossetia, cultural regions that were swallowed up by Russia […]

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