Launched with the 2004 award-winning bestseller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books has published over 60 volumes in its ground-breaking series of original ir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighbourhood or location within the city of the book. After nine years, hundreds of short stories from the world's greatest authors and unbridled praise from critics, the greatest hits of the Akashic Noir series can w be found in one book. Fans of the series and ir fiction in general will be engrossed by this excellent collection.
Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the 2013 Ellery Queen Award, the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing; and the 2010 Jay and Dean Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature. Temple teaches courses on the publishing business at Wilkes University and Wesleyan University; and is the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn's borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including The Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers, and BookForum.