Kaylie Jones Books hosted a book launch party for SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT at the Bluestockings Bookstore in New York City on Aug. 4. Imprint author Barbara J. Taylor read excerpts from her debut novel and friends of the imprint stopped by for a night of celebrating good literature.
Above: Barbara J. Taylor, author of SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT, reads at Bluestockings.
Above: Barbara J. Taylor and Taylor Polites, author of THE REBEL WIFE.
Above: Imprint founder Kaylie Jones and Tim McLoughlin, author of HEART OF THE OLD COUNTY.
Above: SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT by Barbara J. Taylor
The flagship publication of Kaylie Jones Books, UNMENTIONABLES by Laurie Loewenstein, was mentioned on a list of the Top 100 novels about World War I. The blog “Great War 100 Reads,” established to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I, added UNMENTIONABLES alongside Virginia Woolf’s MRS. DALLOWAY and Edith Wharton’s A SON AT THE FRONT.
In UNMENTIONABLES, the main character Marian Elliot Adams, an outspoken advocate for sensible undergarments for women, travels to France’s Picardy region during the war to help destitute villagers.
Christian writer, editor, and blogger Amy Drown reviewed Barbara J. Taylor’s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT this week. As a fan of the historical fiction genre, she described her expectations of reading the novel and critiqued it based on whether it met those expectations, various elements of craft, originality, and whether it would be appropriate for fans of Christian fiction.
Drown said: “Reminiscent of classics such as How Green Was My Valley or, more recently, the Hallmark Channel’s original dramatic series When Calls the Heart, this book is a must-read for fans of character-driven, authentic historical fiction,” adding, “This is the most original story I have read in a long, long time.”
Read the complete review here
Prime Number: A Journal of Distinctive Poetry and Prose in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, interviewed Barbara J. Taylor on her book SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT. Interviewer and author Curtis Smith (AN UNADORNED LIFE; SOUND AND NOISE and TRUTH OR SOMETHING LIKE IT) asked Taylor about the extensive research required to write her historical novel. Writing the book as a graduate student in the Wilkes University Low Residency MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program, she spent long hours at the Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton Public Library, Anthracite Museum, and other historical venues to recreate the setting of the early 1900s.
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.
The Columbus Dispatch newspaper in Ohio published a review of SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT by Barbara J. Taylor on July 6. Reviewer Margaret Quamm was complimentary of the novel:
“Handled less respectfully, the material could easily have turned melodramatic. Taylor’s careful attention to detail and her deep knowledge of the community and its people give the novel a welcome gravity.”
Between the Covers, the official blog for the Denver-based Tattered Cover Book Store, featured Barbara J. Taylor’s SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT on July 6, including a link to the book trailer and an excerpt of the summer review from Publishers Weekly.
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.
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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.