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Two historical novels in one volume!

King of Kings – The story of King Solomon and 

the Queen of Sheba, from the Ethiopian tradition


The Grave and the Gay – Based on the 17th-c. 

English folk ballad “Matty Groves”

Villainy After Ever, a collection of classic fairy tales told from the point of view of the villains—with pen-and-ink illustrations by Naomi Kahn. Available exclusively HERE!

About Jason

Jason M. Rubin is an experienced writer who has worked in both corporate and agency settings, as well as doing freelance writing and journalism on the side. His first novel, The Grave and the Gay, was published in 2012. Prior to that, he wrote a family activity guide, Lots to Know. Lots to Do., for the Children’s Museum Boston.


Since 2000, Jason has done award-winning work* as senior creative associate at Libretto Inc., a Boston-based strategic messaging and content development firm. Earlier in his career, he was a key contributor at such respected organizations as WGBH, Deloitte & Touche, and Cabot Corporation. Jason has written web content, campaign case statements, product brochures, white papers, direct mail packages, ads, articles, scripts, and speeches. He also has conceived names, themes, and taglines for companies, products, development campaigns, and special events.


Jason is a regular music contributor to the Arts Fuse, a regional online arts magazine, and is a member of the New England Indie Authors Collective (NEIAC). He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1985).


*Two AIGA Boston BoNE (Best of New England) Awards (2011); Gold Award from the New England Direct Marketing Association (2007).


Lots to Know. Lots to Do.



The Grave and the Gay



King of Kings



Liner notes (1995)


In 1999 and 2000, Jason wrote and co-wrote three episodes of Sound & Spirit, a weekly series of hour-long radio programs exploring the human spirit through music and ideas. The series was produced by WGBH and Public Radio International, and created and hosted by Ellen Kushner.

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On September 21, 2018, in Malden, Massachusetts, Jason presented at a Pecha Kucha event. Using the standard “20 slides/20 seconds each” format, he discussed his experience researching and writing the books of Ancient Tales Newly Told. Click here to hear his presentation.

Photo at right: Susan Margot Ecker


Hear Jason’s turn as featured guest on Episode 12 of the Hi Felicia podcast, from June 2019. Running time: 1:19:36. Click on image.

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Jason used to be in a band called Nice Wicker. Here is their version of “Nights in White Satin” by the Moody Blues. Jason sings and plays drums on the track.

Jason was podcasted again, this time on Writing Stuff, hosted by Julie Kelleher, which went live on February 26, 2020. Running time: 36:01. Click on image.
“VIRAL” (2020)
A short story for our time.
Click image to download.

Book reading at Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MA, May 29, 2019.


March 21, 2019 — Ancient Tales Newly Told is now available for sale from BookBaby's BookShop! It is also now available as an e-book from Amazon; the paperback will be available from Amazon on April 19, 2019.

April 17, 2019 — Jason’s first book reading event for Ancient Tales Newly Told will take place on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 7pm, at Temple Beth Avodah, 45 Puddingstone Lane, Newton, Massachusetts. View photos in  Gallery.

June 8, 2019 — Jason is the featured guest on the latest episode of the Hi Felicia podcast. Listen at Works.

August 21, 2019 — Read Jason's Letter to the Editor of The Boston Globe. It got many comments!

October 24, 2019 — Jason held a book reading at Malden Public Library.

December 7, 2019 — Jason will be speaking, selling, and signing books at the Malden Reads Holiday Pop-Up Bookstore.

January 11, 2020 — Read Jason’s tribute to Rush drummer Neil Peart.

BUSY SPRING 2022! As things open up again, there are new opportunities to see me and hear me speak about my work:

  • Saturday, April 2, at 1pm, I will be reading from Ancient Tales Newly Told at The Gallery@57, 57 Pleasant Street, Malden. BOTH MY BOOKS ARE NOW FOR SALE AT THE GALLERY AT 57.

  • Thursday, April 28, a poem of mine and a painting it inspired will be featured in the exhibit Lines Connecting Lines at Urban Media Arts (UMA), 145 Pleasant Street, Malden. HEAR IT HERE.

  • Saturday, June 4, I will have a table at the Malden Summer Festival in downtown Melrose.

  • Saturday, June 25, 11am to 6pm, I will have a booth at West Medford Open Studios, across from Dugger Park in Medford.

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