Not even a month after receiving a review for the UNMENTIONABLES in Great War 100 Reads, a blog commemorating the best World War I literature, KJB author Laurie Loewenstein was interviewed by the very same publication. In the interview she discussed her use of authentic historical details, questions she wished readers asked her about the book, and how her original goal was to write a novel with an outspoken woman as the main character. Read the full interview here.
Mark Eleveld from Booklist posted a glowing review of Jason Carney’s STARVE THE VULTURE, released by Kaylie Jones Books in January 2015. In his review he wrote:
“Carney has been a finalist in National Poetry Slam four times, was honored as a Legend of the Slam, and appeared on several seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. A gruff Texan who loves his mother, he performs his endearing poems with intensity and agility. For Carney, poetry is redemption, a way out of his rough life of contending with addictions of various kinds, homophobia, and racism. He recounts his journey to poetry and his work as an educator in this memoir, his first major piece of published writing, which opens in the midst of a storm of trouble escalated by a car crash. ‘This is the moment I saw on the horizon my whole drugged out life.’ Carney follows a circuitous path to sobriety and sanity that includes his first poetry reading as well as interludes in drug dens, porn shops, and wild parties and, finally, stepping on stage in front of TV cameras. Sheepishly naïve, jaunty, frank, and compelling, Carney shares his instructive story with generosity and insight.”
Issue: November 1, 2014
Starve the Vulture.
Carney, Jason (Author)
Jan 2015. Akashic/Kaylie Jones, paperback, $15.95. (9781617753015). 811.
Laurie Loewenstein, author of KJB’s flagship publication UNMENTIONABLES, was featured in a Book Q&A column with blogger Deborah Kalb. UNMENTIONABLES is set in Midwestern America during the women’s suffrage movement, the Chautauqua Circuit, and World War I. During the Q&A, Loewenstein explains how she was deeply influenced by Midwestern writers, including William Maxwell, Marilynne Robinson, Ray Bradbury, Sherwood Anderson, and Sinclair Lewis. Read the full Book Q&A here.
Imprint founder Kaylie Jones was profiled in the Hamptons Country Capitalist. Writer Mary Ellen Walsh interviewed Jones about taking the leap into the publishing world with Akashic Books.
As a teacher of writing in two MFA programs (Wilkes University in Pennsylvania and Stony Brook Southampton in New York), Jones has worked with many students to perfect their stories while assisting up-and-coming authors through the uncertain world of publishing.
Over the years she had noticed more and more of her talented students never getting the chance to be published and enjoyed by the masses, so she approached Johnny Temple, friend and publisher of Akashic Books in Brooklyn, about starting her own imprint.
“I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. A few years ago, I called Johnny and said I have to do something bigger to help writers. I suggested we opened an imprint,” said Jones in the article.
KJB titles UNMENTIONABLES (Laurie Loewenstein) and SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT (Barbara J. Taylor) have received exceptional reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the American Library Association. Forthcoming imprint titles include STARVE THE VULTURE by Jason Carney, LITTLE BEASTS by Matthew McGevna, WE ARE ALL CREW by Bill Landauer, and THE LOVE BOOK by Nina Solomon.
Read the full article from the Hamptons Country Capitalist.
Books by the Banks: The Cincinnati USA Book Festival has invited KJB’s Laurie Loewenstein, author of the UNMENTIONABLES, to appear and sign copies of her novel on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free public festival is an annual celebration of books and readings in downtown Cincinnati, featuring authors and illustrators for signings, discussions, and family fun activities.
According to the Books by the Banks website, Loewenstein “counts four generations of her family as Cincinnati residents, going back to her great-great-great granadparents, Samuel and Nancy Weil. Her writing life began as a reporter for several daily newspapers. She is a graduate of Colgate, Syracuase and Wilkes universities. Unmentionables, a novel about insiders, outsiders and the true nature of commmunity, is set in the Midwest in 1917.”
For more information about the event, authors, or scheduled activities, visit booksbythebanks.org.
Author Marlon James was profiled by Larry Rohter from The New York Times, only a week after his novel A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS was reviewed by Michiko Kakutani who described him as a “prodigious talent who has produced a novel that is epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over the top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.”
The novel revolves around the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 and includes characters based on real-life CIA agents, criminals, Jamaican politicians, and exiles.
As James’s former mentor in the Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, imprint founder Kaylie Jones was also interviewed by Rohter for the piece. She said: “What leaped out at me right away was that he was a phenomenally visual writer with a lyrical, magical voice. I was shocked that nobody had picked up this guy.”
The hardcover of A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS is available for purchase on Thursday, October 2.
Read the full article in The Times.
Nina Solomon, author of THE LOVE BOOK (Released January 2015 by Kaylie Jones Books), was interviewed on September 28 by William Hoffacker. They discussed her short story ECLIPSE, which appeared in Issue Fifty Nine of The Collagist.