New arrival! The Marijuana Chronicles is now in the office!

The latest in Akashic’s Drug Chronicles series, The Marijuana Chronicles is edited by Jonathan Santlofer and features brand-new stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Linda Yablonsky, Jonathan Santlofer, Thad Ziolkowski, Raymond Mungo, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Edward M. Gómez, Philip Spitzer, Dean Haspiel, Maggie Estep, Amanda Stern, Bob Holman, Rachel Shteir, Abraham Rodriguez, Jan Heller Levi, and Josh Gilbert.

Official publication date isJuly 2nd, 2013, BUT (!) you can enter for a chance to win a free advance copy from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program OR from Goodreads!


This week’s video: An artistic tragedy has unexpected benefits.

Bellow Centennial Slam, with Greenlight Bookstore
Wednesday, June 10 at 7pm / FREE

at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Celebrating Saul Bellow’s 100th Birthday with Readings and Reminiscences

On June 10th of this year, Saul Bellow would have turned a hundred. In celebration of the writer and his work, Viking and Penguin Books, whose history with Bellow goes back over sixty-five years, is hosting a Bellow Centennial Slam. Writers and editors will honor him by reading from his works and sharing stories, memories, and inspiration about the man himself. Penguin Books also turns 80 this year and is thrilled to kick off this banner year by paying homage to one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. With Adam Kirsch, Deborah Treisman, A.M. Homes, Colum McCann, Jonathan Santlofer, Beena Kamlani, and more to be announced. With a special musical performance and books for sale from our friends at greenlightbklyn.


Many many thanks to everyone who came to The Marijuana Chronicles event at WORD last night! (From top to bottom, L-R: Jonathan Santlofer, Dean Haspiel, Amanda Stern, Thad Ziolkowski, Jan Heller Levi, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Thad Ziolkowski & the crowd at WORD.) And many thanks to WORD Bookstore for hosting us! 


Akashic is pleased to launch our new flash-fiction series, Thursdaze! Inspired by our Drug Chronicles series, and by the success of our Mondays Are Murder flash fiction series, Akashic will be publishing original flash fiction with a drug focus every Thursday, because the weekend won’t come fast enough.

Jonathan Santlofer, editor of the newly-released anthology The Marijuana Chronicles, has provided the first story in the Thursdaze series.

Read “The Peyote Factory” by Jonathan Santlofer here.

(And don’t forget about our July sale: the complete set of the Drug Chronicles series for only $30!)


“St Marks Bookshop has been around since 1977. I’ve shopped there for many years and they’ve been very supportive of my work and the work of others who would not be suitable cast members on GIRLS.”

Maggie Estep, Akashic author and contributor to The Marijuana Chronicles, penned a blog rant against HBO’s Girls, and also talked about her love of the St. Marks Bookshop, where The Marijuana Chronicles launch event was just held. Read the full post here.