Barbara J. Taylor Guest Posts at Reading the Past
“When a screwed-up flu vaccine mutates sixty percent of humanity into mindless beasts, ‘Trust your intelligence’ becomes the leitmotif of a group of survivors. Fast-moving, violent, and vividly imagined, Foamers creates a dangerous world made disquietingly believable.”
—David Poyer, author of Stepfather Bank and The Cruiser
Here is the final cover for Barb Taylor‘s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT. The second novel in our Kaylie Jones Books imprint. The quote at the top is too small to see on this thumbnail, but it is from the great Jay Parini, who grew up in the Scranton area:
“The world of Christian miners — the hard core of the anthracite mining industry in northeast Pennsylvania — is beautifully evoked by Barbara J. Taylor in this remarkable novel. I found myself drawn back to its pages, living deeply in its world as I read. The sense of place — a place I know well, as I grew up there — is vividly realized. This is a lyrical, passionate novel that will hold readers in its thrall. A first-rate debut.”
Jay Parini, author of THE LAST STATION
Laurie Loewenstein’s debut novel Unmentionables, the inaugural novel in Akashic’s Kaylie Jones Books imprint, has received a starred review in the January 15th, 2014 issue of Library Journal! Read the full review below:
★ Loewenstein’s remarkable debut was selected as a Midwest Connections Pick for January and is the first book in a imprint from Akashic curated by award-winning author Kaylie Jones (Speak Now). In August 1917, Marian Elliot Adams, a fiercely independent advocate for women’s rights, is traveling with the “Chautauqua circuit,” promoting their message of “sensible undergarments for women.” When she takes to the stage on hot night in Caledonia, IL, her speech shocks the local residents, who are further disgusted when she falls from the stage and sprains her ankle, forcing her to stay in town for a week. One week turns into many, and Marian’s presence reveals Caledonia’s long-held but unspoken rules regarding women, African Americans, and social order. After befriending the town’s newspaper publisher, Deuce Garland, and his stepdaughter Helen, Marian begins to question her own motives and must contemplate continues her chosen life of a visitor always passing through, or being known in a small town.
VERDICT This immensely entertaining and illuminating book transports the reader back in time while confronting the timeless matters of courage, sacrifice, race, gender, love and death. Exceptionally readable and highly recommended.
Join Laurie, Kaylie, and the Akashic team for the Unmentionables and Kaylie Jones Books launch event at 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 22nd at Bluestockings Bookstore and Cafe (172 Allen Street, New York)!
Check out this excellent interview from Shelf Awareness. Kaylie Jones lays out the past, present, and future of her Imprint.
Some excellent news: Laurie Loewenstein’s UNMENTIONABLES has been selected by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association as a Midwest Connections pick for January! Follow the title/link above to learn more.
Nina Solomon has signed her novel, THE LOVE BOOK, with Kaylie Jones Books.
THE LOVE BOOK is about four women who meet on a singles bike trip through Normandy and discover a mysterious, possibly magical book about love that changes the course of their lives.
Learn more about Nina and THE LOVE BOOK at http://ninasolomonbooks.com