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.
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.
Kaylie Jones, daughter of novelist James Jones, is the author of several books including A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries and her memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me. Kaylie is a teacher and mentor to many NEPA-based writers, some of whom will be reading with her at this event.