Interview with Laurie Loewenstein, Author of Unmentionables


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.

Unmentionables Receives STARRED Review from Library Journal!

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.

Congratulations, Laurie!

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)!

October Prose in Pubs with Kaylie Jones

October Prose in Pubs with Kaylie Jones

On October 13th, Prose in Pubs welcomes award-winning novelist, Kaylie Jones!
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.
The list of literary service Kaylie has performed for her community is exhaustive.  She is one author who is constantly giving back.  We are thrilled t…o have her at Prose in Pubs, and hope you will come out and hear this wonderful writer.
Among those readers accompanying Kaylie will be:
Laurie Loewenstein, Lauren Stahl and Barbara Taylor!
Bell time is 7pm!

Jason Carney signs with Kaylie Jones Books


Jason Carney was four when his violent and abusive father moved out. He was five when he learned of faggots and niggers. Seven when his great grandparents’ love etched into his heart the vital tools he would need to survive. At age eight, he stole a poetry book from the school library, thinking he’d found his connection to God. In third grade, he moved three times, because of his mother’s second suicide attempt; was eight years old when he first visited her in the psych ward. Jason discovered drugs at age nine. At age eleven he hurt others the way his father hurt him. Fourteen when his mother moved him to California with his new stepfather. Sixteen when they moved back to Texas, because Jason did not fit in. Seventeen— he first attacked men in porn store sex-booths. Placed in a mental hospital at age eighteen, a gay man showed him how poetry could redefine his life. At twenty-four, he put a face on the dark shadows of his nightmare. At twenty-six he intervened in a gay bashing and saved a man’s life. Thirty-two when he appeared on an HBO television show performing his poetry. At thirty-seven, lost in grief and drugs, he held a dying man in his arms. Jason was thirty-nine when he finally looked back and realized the dying man had been his moment of grace.

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Barbara J. Taylor signs with Kaylie Jones Books

Barbara J. Taylor has signed her novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, with Kaylie Jones Books.  This moving, sometimes hilarious , boldly uncompromising novel about the nature of loss, and the role of faith and religion in our lives, is the first of a trilogy about the Morgan family of Scranton, each book ending with a true-life event. Here, the renowned evangelist, former baseball star Billy Sunday announces he will stop in Scranton on his evangelical tour, and the town receives him by building an enormous tabernacle. But a freak March blizzard causes the whole congregation, 2,500 people, to be stranded with the preacher for three days. Everyone is saved (with varying degrees of success).