Take a listen …

To quote KJB author J. Patrick Redmond: “What do you get when you place in the same room the daughter of a 20th Century literary icon, who is in her own right an incredibly accomplished author and publisher, add an activist/bookstore owner, two reverends (Presbyterian and Episcopalian), a former buffet restaurant owner, and a radio DJ at #WORX in Madison, Indiana?”

You get a powerful conversation that needs to happen in rural communities all over America.

A full day of learning about writing Dec. 10 in Petersburg, Va.

Our winter tour continues Dec. 10 at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School’s annual Writers Fest in Petersburg, Va. Patricia Smith, author of the forthcoming Kaylie Jones Books title The Year of Needy Gpatriciaasmithirls, teaches literature and creative writing at ARGS, a magnet school of the arts and technology.

We are delighted to meet writers of all ages, sign books and talk about the writing life.

All the details about the festival, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at ARGS, are on its website, argswritersfest2016.weebly.com . There are workshops in fiction and poetry, readings, a bookfair and a First Pages Critique panel.

Kaylie, Patty Smith and J. Patrick Redmond will appear on a panel: “So You Want To Be a Novelist?” Come hear from two first-time novelists and their editor! They will read from their novels and answer questions.

Other visiting writers include Lamar Giles, Clay McLeod Chapman, Bird Cox, Lana Krumwiede, John S. Blake, Kristen Green and Jon Pineda.

And there’s a bake sale!


Back home in Indiana …

Kaylie will join J. Patrick Redmond, author of Some Go Hungry, at Village Lights Bookstore in Madison, Indiana, this Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The bookstore can be found at 110 E. Main St. in Madison.

kaylie_patrick_gianturnKaylie and Patrick will be speaking about Kaylie Jones Books (an imprint of Akashic Books), writing, contemporary publishing, and Kaylie’s collective of writers “taking a stand.” Both Kaylie and Patrick will be answering audience questions and signing copies of their respective novels.

This event is free and open to the public.

Connect with Village Lights Bookstore and preorder Some Go Hungry at the bookstore’s website, http://www.villagelightsbooks.com. If you don’t have an indie bookstore to patronize in your home town, check out Village Lights, which allows you to search its stock on the website and offers ground shipping for all books for 99 cents.  We love to support the independent bookstores that, in turn, support independent presses!

Village Lights will donate 10 percent of proceeds from the sale of Some Go Hungry to PFLAG of Hanover/Madison, Indiana.

Coming soon: The Year of Needy Girls by Patricia A. Smith

A young boy’s murder unleashes chaos in the life of a schoolteacher and a small New England town.

We are so excited for the Jan. 3 launch of THE YEAR OF NEEDY GIRLS, Patricia Smith’s debut novel. Set in a Massachusetts town with deep divisions of class and ethnicity, homophobia and violence, it is beautiful, tension-filled, lyrical, and deeply honest. Stewart O’Nan calls it “a collision of The Children’s Hour and Mystic River.”

yearofneedygirls-509x800Booklist said: “Smith conveys the impact of … prejudicial hostility on two young women who are struggling to make their way in an intolerant world with a tender and delicate understanding in this nuanced tale of identity and misperception, connection and alienation.”

You can pre-order it from Akashic Books right here.

Patty will appear  Dec. 11 at Brew-Ho-Ho, an annual holiday author celebration in Richmond, Va. Look for her at the Kaylie Jones Books reading at the AWP Conference and Bookfair Feb. 9 in Washington, D.C., and at events in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and her home state, Virginia.





Reminder: Taylor, Redmond, Jones at the Miami Book Fair Nov. 19


Kaylie Jones and two authors from her eponymous imprint will talk about the importance of indie publishing — and the role fiction plays in social change — at the Miami Book Fair, Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at Miami Dade College.

She’s joined by Barbara J. Taylor, author of All Waiting Is Long and Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, and J. Patrick Redmond, author of Some Go Hungry. Kaylie’s most recent novel from Akashic Books is The Anger Meridian, a tale of family insanity and redemption set in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.

Get all the details of our author panel here or browse the full schedule.



Kaylie Jones Books to present at Miami Book Fair

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For the first time ever, we’ve been invited to give a presentation at the prestigious Miami Book Fair, which takes place Nov. 13-20 on the campus of Miami Dade College.

Florida friends, come say hello!

On Saturday, Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m., Kaylie will moderate a panel with Barb Taylor and  J. Patrick Redmond, on the important role indie presses like Akashic play in the increasingly commercialized world of fiction.

Our panel happens in Room 8201 (Building 8, Second Floor) at Miami Dade College. Find out more and add our event to your Miami Book Fair schedule here.

It’s free to attend our panel. At the Miami Book Fair home page, you’ll see the whole schedule, which includes appearances by Colson Whitehead, Geraldine Brooks, Alan Cumming, James Carville, Susan Faludi, Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky. There are program tracks for graphic novels, ReadCaribbean, LGBTQ writers, and young readers, plus a Street Fair with book vendors (including Akashic Books) and food vendors.

J. Patrick Redmond’s Some Go Hungry is a fictional account drawn from the author’s own experiences working in his family’s provincial Indiana restaurant—and wrestling with his sexual orientation—in a town that was rocked by the scandalous murder of his gay high school classmate in the 1980s. Barbara Taylor’s All Waiting Is Long is set in Scranton, Pennsylvania, against the backdrop of the sweeping eugenics movement and rogue coal mine strikes, where the Morgan sisters must choose between duty and desire.



Many great things coming up!

Our successful Kaylie Jones Books summer book tour took us all over the country. We traveled from Wisconsin to Florida, Vincennes to Scranton, and South Carolina all the way to Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod.

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J. Patrick Redmond, Kaylie Jones and Barb Taylor on tour in Wellfleet, Mass.

The three of us — Kaylie and authors Barbara J. Taylor (ALL WAITING IS LONG) and J. Patrick Redmond (SOME GO HUNGRY) — met people at bookstores, libraries, and community events. We talked about gay kids from rural areas and how alone they feel, how Patrick’s novel is opening dialogues about LGBTQ youth in small towns across America. We talked about the Pennsylvania coal country that Barb writes about, the legacies of mine strikes and the eugenics movement.

We always talk about independent publishing, how important it is that small presses like Akashic Books continue to thrive, and the great things that happen when underrepresented voices are heard.

And THEN we took some badly needed time off — to do other things, like sleep and write. Both Barb and Patrick have new novels in the works that we’ll be sharing more about in the coming weeks.

We’ve got more titles in the pipeline, and two big events we’ll be speaking at, including the Miami Book Fair Nov. 19 and the AWP’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in February. Stay tuned for all the details!