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Norilana Books

Written By: Vera Nazarian

Norilana Books is a Vermont-based independent publishing company, originally founded in Los Angeles, California, in 2006 by Vera Nazarian, owner and publisher, designer, webmaster, and techno-geek.

Norilana Books specializes in beautifully produced and packaged trade hardcover and trade paperback editions — primarily classics of world literature, and quality originals with a particular focus on speculative fiction and other genres, under various imprints.

Norilana is particularly proud to have published the works of master fantasist Tanith Lee under the dedicated imprint TaLeKa.

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  1. Philip Broadley says:

    In The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration is a sentence that begins “The master of the garden..” I am organising a stone to mark the achievements of the chairman of a trustee board on which I serve. This sentence is a very apt description of his achievements delivered in a very modest and understated way. May we use it in tribute citing you as its author?

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Thanks so much for asking. I am assuming you mean this quote of mine:

      “The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.”

      Yes, you have my permission to use it with proper attribution.

      Best of luck! 🙂


  2. Lori Martinsen says:

    How can you publish a book with a chiod rape scene?

    • Vera Nazarian says:

      Dear Lori,

      I am sorry, but you must be mistaken. Have you actually read the books?

      If you are referring to the Ancient Egyptian-based Rite of Sacrifice that Aeson had to undergo, it is not at all as you describe. Or else it is a misunderstanding.

      1) First, Aeson was not a child but a full adult, of age in his culture, sixteen Atlantean years which is the equivalent of nineteen Earth years.

      2) The Rite was never described except in the most general recollection, since Aeson was remembering it and telling about this difficult experience to his fiancée. Nothing explicit about it, and it is suitable for any general reader.

      3) Aeson’s duty as heir to the throne was to have physical relations and provide genetic material for offspring, and NO ONE is condoning this barbaric ritual. In fact it is intended to show the horrors of some ancient historical traditions. The message here is completely anti-rape, and against any such behavior. Let me repeat, it is completely AGAINST rape.

      Think about it his way, if you read a book where a murder is mentioned, does it automatically condone murder? No, of course not In fact, usually there are detectives and police working to right an injustice and catch the murderer.

      Same here. In this case, what happened to Aeson (off-screen and never explicitly described) is shown as a tragic violation, not only of his body but his spirit, and is condemned in the strongest of terms.

      The power of fiction, stories, and books lies in the fact that we can take on difficult subjects and help the readers deal with these painful things in a safe space with a strong moral guidance. My books heal and provide a strong inspirational message, and a positive interpretation of life, always.

      I hope you have the chance to read the books and judge for yourself.


      Vera Nazarian

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