NPR spoke to Akashic Publisher Johnny Temple about economic and ethnic diversity in publishing. Through their motto, “reverse gentrification of the literary world,” Akashic publishes authors and attracts readers from many diverse backgrounds. The piece not only discussed how writers of color often feel separated from mainstream publishing, described as “overwhelmingly white,” but how some are at risk of changing their own voices or styles to fit into a world where they feel unwelcome. According to Temple: “If the industry doesn’t get more economically and ethnically diverse, it’s just going to be a pit that people are not going to be able to climb out of, as this certain cultural sphere becomes less relevant to the population at large.” Kaylie Jones Books is an imprint of Akashic Books in Brooklyn, New York.
Staff writer Patrice Wilding from The Times Tribune wrote a Sunday feature on Barbara J. Taylor, author of SING IN THE MORNING, CRY AT NIGHT. The book has sold over 10,000 copies and was selected by Publishers Weekly as a Best Summer Book of 2014. Taylor discusses how she had always dreamt of writing but considered it a “pipe dream,” yet managed to publish her doubt novel four weeks before her 50th birthday and considers it the second act in her own life.
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.”
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.