Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

Akashic Books

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Johanna Ingalls is the managing editor and director of foreign rights at Akashic Books where she has worked for over two decades since being rescued from the music industry by Akashic publisher Johnny Temple. A graduate of Barnard College, she currently lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with her Norwegian Forest cat, Squid Lee Gato.

Sohrab Habibion (design and social media) lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, their son, and a cat named Sparkles. When he’s not wrangling fonts for Akashic, he sings and plays guitar in the post-punk group SAVAK. He also has an extensive archive of punk shows online that he videotaped as a teenager.

Aaron Petrovich has been with Akashic since 2005 and its production manager since 2012.

Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books. 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 Deen 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.