The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2012

Publication of The Conjurer and Other Azorean Tales by Darrell Kastin

The Conjurer and Other Azorean Tales
The Conjurer and Other Azorean
by Darrell Kastin

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of The Conjurer and Other Azorean Tales by Darrell Kastin. This collection of short fiction – inspired by the beauty and magic of the Azorean archipelago – transports readers from the natural to the supernatural.

Born from the fertile volcanic soil and the sea and mists surrounding the Azorean islands, the characters who inhabit these stories blend realism with magic. Like the nine Muses, each island has its own special attributes. Whether searching for love, power, or meaning, these characters are subject to the whims of Fate and Fortune. Here the commonplace present confronts forces both natural and supernatural. In the Azorean microcosm, they come to represent a far larger sphere, embodying the foibles and idiosyncrasies of humanity the world over.

Darrell Kastin was born in Los Angeles, the son of an Azorean mother and a father of Russian/Jewish descent. He is also a musician and a composer.

Darrell Kastin’s first novel, TheUndiscovered Island, won the 2010 IPPY Independent Publisher's Silver Award for Multicultural Fiction. Kastin’s fiction has received praise from Richard Zimler, author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon and The Warsaw Anagrams, who writes: “A lyrical and exuberantly detailed tale of mystery and mythology intimately linked to the unique history and natural beauty of the Azores.” Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club, likewise endorses Kastin’s book as “A story of mystery and magic – magical appearances and mysterious disappearances, mysterious women and magical islands–beautifully and lyrically told.”

The Conjurer and Other Azorean Tales is volume 19 of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The Series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing works in the social sciences, history and literature.

For more information, please contact Mario Pereira, Managing Editor of Tagus Press at 508-999-8255 or To purchase the volume, please visit the UPNE website by clicking here.