Out of exile
Russell Banks is the author of nearly twenty books including The Sweet Hereafter, which was adapted into a film by Atom Egoyan and Rule of the Bone, which is “raw and moving” according to Library Journal. Banks also is president of an organization called the International Parliament of Writers (IPW) which offers refuge to writers who have been exiled from their native countries and helps them publish their works all over the world. Autodafe is a publication developed by the IPW of a selection of works by exiled writers. The term comes from Auto da fe which was a public ritual of penance for heretics who have been condemned. It has come to be referred to as “burning at the stake”. Published by Seven Stories Press, this series offers a collection of reports, interviews, correspondence, narratives, and stories from around the world.