News and Events
View recent news and upcoming events regarding The Fallen Snow and author John J Kelley.
Friends & Family Launch
Politics & Prose placed the first paperback of The Fallen Snow on their shelves on December 1, 2012. The release of Kindle and paperback editions at Amazon.com followed shortly after, on December 19. Then, on January 19, 2013, the book was officially announced to friends and family via email, goodreads and Facebook.
Sat26Jan2013Politics & Prose Bookstore
Reading - Washington, DC
John joined local authors for Politics & Prose's first ever "Opus Open Mic" event, reading an excerpt from the novel before signing books at the hugely successful celebration.
Washington Post Article
Washington Post article on the Politics & Prose event.
Facebook Page Launch
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National Book Launch
National Book Launch! Read the Article
Fri01Mar2013Fenwick Street Used Books & Music
Book Signing - Leonardtown, MD
John chatted with customers and signed books during downtown Leonardtown's "First Friday" event for March. Read the article
Wed06Mar2013ForeWord Clarion Reviews
The Fallen Snow Awarded 5 Stars
ForeWord Clarion Reviews awards The Fallen Snow 5 Stars. Read the review
2012 Book of the Year Finalists Announced
ForeWord Reviews Announces 2012 Book of the Year Awards Finalists.
The Fallen Snow advances in two categories. Read the announcement
The Fallen Snow heads to London
The Fallen Snow will be featured in the "Current Finalists" section of the ForeWord Reviews magazine booth at the famed London International Book Festival being held April 15-17.
The Fallen Snow is now on Nook
The Fallen Snow is now available for nook e-readers, and of course continues to be available on Kindle and in paperback.
Interview with Indie Author Land
A brief interview with the founders of Indie Author Land. Read the Interview
The Fallen Snow is now on iBooks
The Fallen Snow is now available for purchase on Apple iBooks.
Wed29May2013Sat01Jun2013Book Expo America
The Fallen Snow heads to NYC
The Fallen Snow will be featured with other 2012 Book of the Year Finalists at the ForeWord Reviews booth during Book Expo America, the largest annual book trade fair in North America.
Thu27Jun2013Tue02Jul2013American Library Association Conference
The Fallen Snow heads to Chicago
The Fallen Snow will be featured as a ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book-of-the-Year current finalist during the American Library Association conference in Chicago. The Book-of-the-Year winner will be announced at the conference on Friday, June 28.
Fri28Jun2013ALA Conference - Chicago, IL
The Fallen Snow wins Book Award
A Publishers Weekly Star
“a gripping tale of self-exploration and atonement . . . emotionally complex and brimming with grit”
Publishers Weekly has awarded The Fallen Snow a starred review, reserved for books deemed outstanding in their genre. Read the review
Book Signing - Niceville, Florida
John will be discussing the novel and signing books at Bayou Book Company in his hometown of Niceville, Florida. Yes, John was born and raised in a town called "Niceville" before venturing north.
Sacramento / San Francisco Book Review
"a timeless and timely novel of the physical and emotional cost of war"
The Sacramento / San Francisco Book Review has awarded The Fallen Snow 5-stars. Read the review
Book Signing - Staunton, Virginia
John will be discussing the novel and signing books at Bookworks in historic downtown Staunton, Virginia. Staunton is the county seat of Augusta County, whose western ridges serve as the setting for the fictional town of Hadley.
Wed28Aug2013San Francisco Book Review
Audible Authors Interview
John discusses the novel and his writing process with the Editor-in-Chief of the San Francisco Book Review. (Note: This 30-minute recorded interview does include a few plot reveals)
The interview is available via iTunes podcast (search for Audible Authors) or listen now via this direct link: Audible Authors
17th Street Festival
John will be chatting with attendees and signing books at the 3rd Annual 17th Street Festival in historic Dupont Circle.
Book Signing - Middleburg, Virginia
Mon07Oct20137:00 pmBlackburg, Virginia
A Sense of Place - Talk and Signing
John is thrilled to be returning to Virginia Tech, where the seeds of The Fallen Snow were first planted. John will discuss "sense of place" at the Blacksburg Library, sharing recollections of Stadium Woods, an ancient parcel of white oak forest, and discussing the novel's own old growth forest setting. A portion of book sale proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Stadium Woods, which advocates the permanent preservation of this unique and threatened forest.
Wed09Oct2013Sun13Oct2013Frankfurt Book Fair
The Fallen Snow heads to Frankfurt
The Fallen Snow will be featured with the 2012 Book of the Year Award Winners at the ForeWord Reviews booth of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest annual book trade event in Europe.
Fri11Oct2013Tue12Nov2013Reading Group Guides
An October Book Club Selection!
The Fallen Snow is a Reading Group Guides featured title for the month of October. As such, the novel and its associated discussion guide are being highlighted on their welcome page as well as in the monthly newsletter provided to member book clubs from coast to coast.
The Fallen Snow is now on Kobo
The Fallen Snow is now available for Kobo e-readers, and of course continues to be available on Kindle, Nook and iBooks.
Hardcover Edition Released
Just in time for the holidays, a new hardcover edition joins the paperback and digital editions currently available from bookstores and at online retailers.
Thu21Nov20137:00 pmShepherdstown, West Virginia
Discussion at Four Seasons Books
John is delighted to be included in the autumn series of Appalachia-themed books hosted by Four Seasons Books in historic Shepherdstown, WV. He will join readers on the evening of Thursday, Nov 21, to give a talk and participate in a discussion about The Fallen Snow.
A Gift Idea - Author Signed Copies
Signed copies of The Fallen Snow are available now at the Stone Cabin Press online store. Please consider them for your holiday gift list.
Wed27Nov2013NPR's Morning Edition
The Fallen Snow on NPR
Robbie Harris, WVTF New River Valley Bureau Chief, discussed The Fallen Snow with John. The segment aired across Virginia during NPR’s Morning Edition and on All Things Considered on November 27, 2013. Listen here.
Sat30Nov2013Independent Bookstores Everywhere
Small Business Saturday
Remember to support independent booksellers in your community this season! While The Fallen Snow is now available via bookstores nationwide, it is independents who embraced it from the start.
DC favorite Politics & Prose generated galley copies on their "Opus" Espresso Book Machine, hosted John's first reading, and spread the news of the novel's Publishers Weekly starred review. Fenwick Street Books in Leonardtown, Maryland, extended an initial welcome beyond the city, followed by the Winchester Book Gallery in Virginia. The ranks have grown steadily from there, with stores carrying the novel, featuring the book and hosting readings and discussions. So it is with pleasure John returns that support now. He will even be moonlighting as a bookseller at Politics & Prose for the celebration. Please do your part as well - shop at a local bookstore today!
Of special note, this year Small Business Saturday happens to fall one day shy of the the first ever sale of The Fallen Snow, which fittingly took place at Politics & Prose.
Author Facebook Page
John is pleased to announce the launch of his Facebook author page at John J Kelley, Author and encourages readers to "like" the new page to follow his creative pursuits and growth as a writer.
John J Kelley is on Twitter
As John writes his second novel, he hopes to continue a dialog with readers and those curious about the inspirations and challenges of a contemporary writer.
Thank you for your interest!