⚐ Dedicated Writers Taking A Stand Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, is a cooperative of dedicated, emerging and established writers.
The list of brilliant novels unable to find homes within the mainstream is growing every day. It is our hope to publish books that bravely address serious issues—historical or contemporary—relevant to society today. Authors with us: Laurie Loewenstein, Justin Kassab, Barbara J. Taylor, Jason Carney, Nina Solomon, Matt McGevna, J. Patrick Redmond, and others to come.
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Laurie Loewenstein will be participating in a panel, The Power of Setting, at the Left Coast Crime gathering in Tucson, AZ, March 16-19.
S.J. Rozan will be moderating the panel, which also includes Sujata Massey. Both authors are well known in the mystery community and we are honored to announce that Loewenstein will be amongst them!
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Deadly Pleasures, a digital mystery magazine by George Easter, included a wonderful review of Funeral Train in the Winter 2023 issue. The article also includes an overview of other mysteries set in the Great Depression.
Read the review here by clicking the link below and scrolling to page 18!
February is American Heart Month! One of our authors, Ronnie K. Stephens, takes readers on a journey into another world filled with indigo butterflies, Amelia Earhart, and a chance for healing a broken heart.
Kristin Ivey, here. I had the pleasure of attending a reading last night, featuring Marlon James, who was introduced by his longtime mentor and friend, Kaylie Jones.
I’ve heard their origin story before, how Kaylie flew to Jamaica, met this wildly talented, unpublished novelist, this wonderfully voracious reader who nearly gave up hope of ever becoming a published author. I knew he became part of the early cohorts at Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program. His story is now legend there, especially given all the publishing successes he’s wracked up since then.
It was treasure for the rest of us in the audience last night, to hear their stories in person and to listen to Marlon perform several of his many characters on the Wilkes stage.
I thought you might like to see a few photos from the reading.
For those who are aspiring, keep going. Somehow, the universe is rising up to meet you.
For any Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books fans who may find themselves in eastern PA on January 12th, catch Marlon James at the Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre, in person.
Additional readings by authors Laurie Loewenstein and Kaylie Jones are also scheduled in January. Check out the schedule below.
All events are free and in-person (only).
James is a 2006 graduate of the Maslow Graduate Creative Writing program and 2015 winner of the Man Booker Prize. The Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing will host the Maslow Winter Reading Series at Wilkes University from Jan. 7 to 12. Held in cooperation with the Creative Writing…
Thank you to scholar, biographer, memoirist and dear, dear friend, J. Michael Lennon, for sharing his review of FUNERAL TRAIN.
Dreiserian and delicious, indeed.
The Nobel Prize award ceremony takes place at the Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden, today – the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death.
Since 1901, the Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to a writer who “in the field of literature, produced the most outstanding work in an idealistic direction.” France now has 17 Nobel Prizes laureates in the field of literature.
Annie Ernaux was a professor of literature at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, and has written around 20 novels.
She is known for her lightly fictionalized memoirs, which are written in spare, detached prose. Her work examines her memories, sometimes revisiting events in later works and reconstructing them.
A wonderful review of Laurie Loewenstein, Author's .
Thank you to Historical Novel Society!
The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and, now, a train derailment batter the small town of Vermillion, Oklahoma in 1935. Sheriff Temple Jennings is the sleuth here, a middle-aged fellow in love with his wife, Etha, who is injured in the wreck. Many of the dead are Black passengers in a segregated rai...
Photographed by Martin Schoeller for The New Yorker in 2002 "I was hired by the New Yorker in 2002 to photograph Robin Williams, and after doing my research what stood out most for me was that he was a very physical comedian. I came up with this idea to photograph him swinging from a chandelier in a grand hotel room. Most publicists shoot down these kinds of wild ideas, so I didn't tell anyone what I was up to, but rigged up a chandelier at the Waldorf Astoria hotel for him to swing from. When Robin got there and saw what was happening, he lifted up his shirt and showed me this enormous scar on his shoulder. He'd just had surgery and couldn't so much as lift his arm. He was so disappointed! He really felt bad about not being able to do it, because he loved the idea and really wanted to help me accomplish my vision. Unlike most Hollywood stars, he was unfazed by his success and position. He talked to everyone from stylists to the crew, to the hotel staff. We ended up asking a maid at the hotel to swing from the chandelier instead, and I asked him to just sit there and read a newspaper, which I think in the end was an even funnier, more unexpected picture."
The day after Thanksgiving is Buy Nothing Day!
Buy nothing day is about putting a one-day moratorium on shopping for all stuff and things.
But, if you feel like ignoring it: https://buff.ly/3TznPOY
Visit the Akashic Books to shop this sale. Great selection and loads of stocking stuffers!
Kaylie Jones Books had the pleasure of publishing Timothy's novel, Cornelius Sky, in 2019.
You can learn more about it here: https://buff.ly/3D42I15
Happy Birthday, Timothy!
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It's NanoWriMo month!
How many of you are participating? We'd love to hear about your journey, as you progress.
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Thanks to Stephen Donahue for his review of Funeral Train.
Although Kaylie Jones Books doesn’t publish memoirs, we support our colleagues and friends who do.
Tonight we celebrated the publication of Judy Mandel’s new memoir , introduction and Q&A with Kaylie Jones, hosted by the incomparable Warwick's Bookstore in La Jolla, CA.
If you are still considering what book you add to your TBR pile, check out this review of Funeral Train.
Check this out. https://crimereads.com/discovering-charles-dickens-the-signalman/
Rumor has it, Laurie Loewenstein had a lot of fun writing this:
On the book’s front cover, a white-shrouded figure with hollow eye sockets menaces from beneath a gothic arch. On the back, a hooded shape retreats into a snowy landscape. Both unsettling images ar…
Tonight begins the 50th anniversary of the race riot on the U.S.S. Kittyhawk. This event has inspired several authors' works including Kaylie Jones Books very own Andre Lewis Carter whose novel, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, is available for purchase through Akashic Books, Amazon, and a variety of independent bookstores.
Post, book launch celebration… all smiles!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Funeral Train sold out at the Mysterious Bookshop last night! We had a fantastic time listening, communing, and reconnecting, all because of this wonderful writer.
(Pictured: Laurie Loewenstein, Deirdre and Charles Sinnott, Taylor Polites, Meg Hall, Anne and Meagan Reeves, Tim McLaughlin, Barb Taylor, and Bev Donofrio- if I missed anyone, I’m truly sorry.)
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Another excerpt from Laurie Loewenstein’s newest novel. In this scene, a new character, Ruthie Jo, and her dog, Daddy Warbucks, discover a strange object in their back yard, which borders the railroad tracks in town.
Authors Laurie Loewenstein and Kaylie Jones introduce Funeral Train, a Dust Bowl mystery. #mysteriousbookshop #funeraltrain
There’s something lurking outside of Andre Carter’s door. What could it be? BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA has arrived!
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