Jason Carney’s memoir STARVE THE VULTURE on shelves January 2015


Kaylie Jones Books is delighted to introduce Jason Carney, whose memoir, STARVE THE VULTURE, is set for release in January 2015. His memoir has been optioned for film by Storefront Pictures.

Jason Carney, a poet, writer, and educator, from Dallas, Texas is a four-time National Poetry Slam Finalist, honored as a Legend of the Slam in 2007. He appeared on three seasons of the HBO television series Russell Simmons’ Def Poets. A graduate of Wilkes University MFA Program for Creative Writing, where he was an honored winner of the Etruscan Prize, the Bergman Foundation Scholarship, and the Norris Church-Mailer Scholarship. He is also Adjunct Professor of English Composition and American Literature at Brookhaven College and Parker University. Mr. Carney is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit Young DFW Writers.


Enjoy classic Dickens? You’ll love SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT!


Arts.Mic writer Rachel Grate published an article recommending new books based on their similarities to much beloved classics. Barbara J. Taylor’s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT, made the list with a comparison to HARD TIMES by Charles Dickens. Grate writes:

“HARD TIMES by Charles Dickens takes place in a mill town in northern England, focusing on the economic difficulties pressuring members of all levels of society engaged in the mill. In typical Dickens fashion, he has many characters, all complex and facing their own tragedies. SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT by Barbara J. Taylor covers a similar topic, an early 20th-century coal-mining town. Like Dickens, the novel traces family tragedy, in this case the town blaming 8-year-old Violet Morgan for her older sister’s death. As her parents fall victim to their own vices, Violet learns how to form her own friendships to survive.”

Akashic Publisher Johnny Temple discussed Brooklyn Book Festival with PW

Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books in Brooklyn and co-chair of the festival’s Fiction Committee, answered four questions about the festival for Publishers Weekly. It’s scheduled for September 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but this year has expanded programming over the course of a week.

According to Temple, “We have also expanded our programming from a one-day affair to a full week. The heart of the festival is still a single day (September 21 this year), but there is a full week of programming, which we call Bookend Events, leading up to the Sunday. Whereas the Sunday has events in and around Borough Hall, including a marketplace of over 250 vendors, the Bookend programs take place all across Brooklyn. This year we have over 60 Bookend events. When combined with the Sunday events, the total number of programs reaches nearly 200.”

Barbara J. Taylor, author of SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT (published by Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books) is part of the “Where I’m Writing From: Hometown Fiction” panel on Sunday, September 21 from 3-4 p.m. at St. Francis McArdle. She will be joined by Kseniya Melnik (SNOW IN MAY) and Rene Steinke (FRIENDSWOOD).

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org

Publishers Weekly reviews Solomon’s follow-up novel, The Love Book


Publishers Weekly reviewed Nina Solomon’s The Love Book on September 15, 2014. The book will be released by Kaylie Jones Books on January 1, 2015.

“Solomon’s follow-up to her 2003 debut Single Wife revolves around four unlikely friends who first meet during a disastrous Flaubert-themed bike trip in France. There, one of them comes across the titular book about attracting a mate. While the premise of four disparate personalities meeting cute may seem trite at first, Solomon’s effort eventually blossoms into a compelling mix of story lines. Back in Manhattan, Emily, a freelance writer with an impressionable 10-year-old son, catches the eye of Duncan, a charming author with a mean streak that rivals Emily’s ex-husband’s. Fellow New Yorker Max, a tough tomboy who guards her heart fiercely and worries about having fallen for too-good-to-be-true Garrett, works as a personal trainer. Superstitious Cathy, who found the Love Book and keeps trying to get the four together to follow its exercises, lives with her elderly father after having lost her home in a fire. She’s dying to find her soul mate, unlike fiery Beatrice, who is fiercely independent at 69 and determined not to let any man tie her down, even her married paramour Freddy, who wants to marry her, or his brother Malcolm, who is clearly the guy for her. Things may end a little too neatly for the protagonists, but there’s plenty of good banter and characterization before the inevitable happy conclusion.

The Love Book Nina Solomon. Akashic/Kaylie Jones, $15.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-61775-317-6

Akashic Publisher Johnny Temple featured in diversity piece on NPR


NPR spoke to Akashic Publisher Johnny Temple about economic and ethnic diversity in publishing. Through their motto, “reverse gentrification of the literary world,” Akashic publishes authors and attracts readers from many diverse backgrounds. The piece not only discussed how writers of color often feel separated from mainstream publishing, described as “overwhelmingly white,” but how some are at risk of changing their own voices or styles to fit into a world where they feel unwelcome. According to Temple: “If the industry doesn’t get more economically and ethnically diverse, it’s just going to be a pit that people are not going to be able to climb out of, as this certain cultural sphere becomes less relevant to the population at large.” Kaylie Jones Books is an imprint of Akashic Books in Brooklyn, New York.