Kaylie Jones Books author Barbara J. Taylor wrote a guest post for Akashic explaining what book first inspired her to be a writer and how Doc Rodham, one of the characters in her debut novel SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT, was the paternal great-uncle of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night by Barbara J. Taylor was released on July 1 by Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books. This historical novel, named one of Publisher Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2014, blends meticulous research of Pennsylvania coal mining communities in the early 20th century with a tragedy inspired by the author’s real family. Jones interviewed Taylor in celebration of the book’s release, discussing her inspiration, her writing process, and what keeps her going. Read the interview here.
Justin Kassab, author of Foamers (The Primal Age Chronicles), finished an interview with New Asian Writing sharing the inspiration behind his post-apocalyptic novel following a group of survivors and how they redefine themselves in a lawless world. Kassab explained how he researched historical pandemics, gun specs, and even the behavior of chimpanzees in preparation for writing his novel. Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, chose Foamers as its flagship eBook publication. There will be sequel to Foamers and visit www.JustinKassab.com for upcoming details.
Terminally diagnosed with Huntington’s disease as a child, Kade gave up on living a productive existence. He spent most of his time preparing for the Primal Age, even though he knew the end of the world wouldn’t happen in his shortened lifetime.
In Kade’s twenties, the United States is being ravaged by the Feline Flu. After the Flu hits pandemic levels, a vaccine is released to the public. Viewed as the last chance to stop the virus, over ninety percent of the population receives the vaccine within a single day.
The vaccine takes on a life of its own and deprives the recipients of their higher functions, leaving them with only their primal urges. These bloodthirsty monsters become known as foamers because of the red foam that forms around their mouths when they hunt.
As the world as he knows it descends into the Primal Age, Kade finds that he is not only useful, but is expected to lead other survivors. His group is constantly assaulted by foamers and a warmongering paramilitary unit. In an unrelenting fight for their lives, his group is forced to redefine humanity in a world without law.
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)!
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