Monday, June 3, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is Proud to Announce New Author Member Birgitte Rasine

Czech-American author Birgitte Rasine writes literary fiction that pulls the beauty and the pain of the human experience out into the open by their very roots.  It’s raw, it’s resolute, and it’s real.  Every story Birgitte writes is born from an actual event or experience and probes the deeper, if inconvenient, truths about the human psyche and modern society.

Compared by readers to Franz Kafka, James Joyce, and Edgar Allan Poe, Birgitte’s work cracks open the darker side of the human psyche to illuminate our eternal quest for freedom, success, and fulfillment.  
Birgitte’s innate curiosity about the human soul and the human experience fuels the fires of her propensity to probe far beyond the usual pleasantries of social relationships and ask the questions no one really likes to talk about.  These twisting undercurrents, like grapes slowly maturing on the vine, have shaped Birgitte’s signature literary style, the “thought-stream” stories that debuted with her work “Confession.”
In her professional lifetime, Birgitte has sported a great many writer’s hats: journalist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, business editor, copywriter, to name a few.  As a journalist, she wrote for Business Week, The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety, the entertainment media industry’s two leading publications, and Diálogo Mediterráneo, a tri-lingual journal on policy, economy and the environment in the Mediterranean region.  From 1994 to 1996 she wrote screenplays for an independent production company in Los Angeles; in 1997, three of her plays for children were staged in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Prior to that, she worked in visual effects, camera and lighting on Hollywood and independent feature films for companies such as PDI/Dreamworks, ILM, Universal Studios, HBO, and Disney, and credits them for giving her time in the trenches.
In addition to her writing, Birgitte serves as the Chief Evolution Officer (CEO) of LUCITÀ Inc., a hybrid design and communications firm.  
Birgitte holds a BA in Film Aesthetics from Stanford University, studied cinematography at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and completed a professional masters degree in international relations in Spanish at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain.  She is a Founding Circle member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment, as well as member of other professional organizations, and sits on the board of directors of the American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies, a non profit organization in New York City dedicated to supporting the leaders of tomorrow.  She lives in Northern California with her family.

Birgitte is giving us 2 of her books

If your faith could confess, what would it tell you?

It’s us, the devout, who are expected to confess to our pastors. But what if our faith could, in turn, confess its darker secrets to us? 

A silent dialogue between a businessman and a priest takes place against the backdrop of a papal address humming through the Vatican plaza, questioning uncomfortable truths of the Catholic faith and exploring what really goes on in the minds of the devout… of any faith.

A work of fiction written in the breathless “thought-stream” style pioneered by the author, Czech-born writer Birgitte Rasine, “Confession” pulls you into its racing pulse and doesn’t let go even after you’ve read the last word. It breaks through the established walls of the practice of confession in Christianity and brings to light questions about faith and religion that remain debated to this day.

Originally written in 2001 but unpublished until now, “Confession” is finally making its debut in print and as an eBook in both English
 and Spanish.

Would you bet your entire lifetime on a single number?

They say youth is wasted on the young. But it’s not until the young reach old age that they realize just how painfully true that statement is. And sometimes, old age comes far too quickly.

Traveling in the Russian countryside on a trip home after many years abroad, a young expatriot finds himself lost one night in a small town. He stumbles into an underground casino, and his life changes forever—overnight. But it’s not the kind of “golden jackpot” story you might expect… or ever hope for yourself.

Compared by some readers to the chilling narratives of fellow Czech-born Franz Kafka, “Bakaly” reads unforgiving and raw, just like the hard, cutting vodka its two main characters drink during the fateful game of roulette they play on that dark, dark night