Author Cheryl Bazzoui reviewed Barbara J. Taylor’s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT for Pennsylvania’s WPSU, a Penn State public access radio station. Bazzoui, the granddaughter of a coal miner who died of lung cancer at the age of 52, said the story helped her to reexamine her own family story by understanding what life had been like for her grandfather and other miners like him. She wrote in her review:
“I highly recommend this book. It gives a poignant look at what life might have been like for my coal-miner grandfather and shows how much daily life has changed over the last 100 years. And though the plot may sound bleak, ultimately it’s a story of hope and survival that will stay with the reader long after the book is done.”
A picture of an underground mine hospital. For other historical photographs related to the novel SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT, visit Barbara J. Taylor’s Facebook page.
Aviation journalist and author Colleen Mondor wrote a review of UNMENTIONABLES on her blog, “Chasing Ray.” Mondor enjoyed the novel and called it a “surprise,” explaining that:
I found a certain amount of “earthiness” to this novel–a perspective on life that reads very much about people most readers know and will recognize. I think I especially liked the history here though, how Lowenstein so effectively weaves bits about milk inspection and disease and racism and education into the overall story. This is how we live, after all, with so much big and small going on around us.
A picture of the Chautauqua Assembly in Clarinda, Indiana circa 1908, courtesy of the Library of Congress, was posted with her review.
Justin Kassab’s interview with New Asian Writing
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.
Foamers, the flagship E-First novel of Kaylie Jones Books, by Justin Kassab releases on March 25th.
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.
Foamers is Kaylie Jones Books flagship E-first novel, by Justin Kassab. Available March 25th.
“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
Unmentionables, by Laurie Loewenstein
Unmentionables is now available wherever books are sold!
How did Laurie Loewenstein’s debut novel come to be? What gave her the most trouble? What will the author work on next? Find out in this interview with the author, found on Akashic Books’ website and featured on Akashic Insider.
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.
UNMENTIONABLES Selected As January Midwest Connections Pick
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.