Pulayana Press was established in 2015 as a vehicle for Charles Saunders, D. Lou Raymond and other authors to publish their nonfiction and fiction works.  Additional publications are in process, with Charles working on his fifth “pamphlet” on the 17th century philosopher Baruch Spinoza; and D. Lou working on a novel in WWII which explores the nature of evil and its use as a weapon against innocents.


D. Lou Raymond (also writes under Diane Saunders)

D. Lou Raymond’s six years in Botswana, Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and later a development officer included travels to towns, villages, and remote areas in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa. Raymond won a writing competition from MacMillan Publishers (South Africa) for the short story, Rain Woman, and the award was presented by then President of Botswana, Dr. Quett Masire. Rain Woman was subsequently published in two anthologies by MacMillan, Eyes on Africa – stories by new writers – and Patterns of Africa, stories by well-known writers such as Chinua Achebe, Bessie Head, and Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

Raymond’s focus on the relationships of sisters in Dodging Africa is borne from growing up in a large family of five sisters and one brother. Back in Portland after two decades outside of Oregon, Raymond is working on a second novel set in Europe during World War II (expected publication Summer 2019).

Dodging Africa is available on Amazon.com, and directly from this website.

Charles M. Saunders

Charles Saunders is a scholar of Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza, who was a 17th century philosopher. Saunders began his study of Spinoza in the late 1970s, building over time the ability to explain Spinoza’s God, God’s relationship to man, and man’s interactions with one another, to a lay audience for whom Spinoza’s language is an impenetrable mystery. Saunders’ two books on Spinoza are available on Amazon.com:

Letters to No One in Particular: A Discussion and Illustration of Spinoza’s Fragment

To Discern Divinity: A Discussion and Interpolation of Spinoza’s Ethics, Part 1 – Concerning God