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Akashic Books launches new content-driven website
Edited Press Release
Akashic Books announced the February launch of its new website,
switching from a “practically pre-digital feel” to one that will have
original content nearly every day of the week. The Brooklyn-based
independent publisher of literary and alternative fiction outlined a
schedule of regular features.
Mondays Are Murder. Brand-new noir
fiction modeled after its award-winning noir series. Each story is an
original story, and each takes place in a distinct location. Akashic's
web model for the series (authored by many among the 800 contributors
to its print series, and open for submissions) has one more feature: a
750-word limit. Sound like murder? It is. But so are Mondays. February
stories by Tim McLoughlin (Feb. 4), Julie Smith (Feb. 11), Maggie Estep
(Feb. 18), and Arthur Nersesian (Feb. 25).
Featured Guest Blog. Each
month, Akashic invites contributions to its featured blog from
Akashic's roster of authors. This February, in celebration of Black
History Month and in conjunction with the long-awaited paperback
release of Bernice L. McFadden’s Nowhere Is a Place, the featured blog
is given the “Are We Related?” theme.
Akashic bloggers detail their genealogical history and invite readers
to contact them with news from their extended family trees. February
“Are We Related?” contributors include Bernice L. McFadden (Feb. 5),
Courttia Newland (Feb. 12), and Kwame Dawes (Feb. 19).
Literary Lions. Akashic
publisher Johnny Temple introduces a rapid-fire question and answer
series with Dennis Lehane. Each week, Johnny asks the same questions of
other lions of the industry. February Lions: Dennis Lehane (Feb. 6),
Edwidge Danticat (Feb. 13), and Nick Zinner (Feb. 20).
Akashic in Good Company. A
weekly column featuring managing editor Johanna Ingalls’s interviews
and profiles with many of the remarkable people in the publishing
industry today. Johanna’s conversational profiles also tell Akashic’s
story, giving readers a glimpse of the internal workings of the
company. February Profiles: President of Akashic’s distributor Julie
Schaper (Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, Feb. 7), Lee Bird
(Cinco Puntos Press, Feb. 14), Rebecca Fitting & Jessica Stockton
Bagnulo (Greenlight Bookstore, Feb. 21), and Erika Goldman (Bellevue
Literary Press, Feb. 28).
Weekly Round-Up: Every
Friday, the Akashic team highlights industry news, reviews, and
In celebration of its new website launch, Akashic Books is offering a
40% discount on all of its titles, and have many more features planned,
it said in a press release.
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