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Ancient Tales Newly Told

Two historical novels in one volume!

King of Kings

Based on the meeting of King Solomon and

Makeda, queen of Sheba

 

The Grave and the Gay

Based on the 17th-century English folk ballad

“Matty Groves”

 
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 has also written for Progression magazine, which originated as his own late ’80s/early ’90s progressive rock newsletter, On Reflection. 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).

Works

Lots to Know. Lots to Do.

(2011)

The Grave and the Gay

(2012)

King of Kings

(2019)

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.

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

Nights in White Satin - Nice Wicker
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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.

 
 
Gallery

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

 
News

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.

May 20, 2019 — Jason will be reading an excerpt from his short story “The Untangler” as part of the Malden Writer’s Collaborative Public Reading event, Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 7pm, at Malden Public Library.

He will also be doing a book reading event for Ancient Tales Newly Told on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 2:30pm, at Orchard Cove senior living community in Canton.

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.

December 31, 2019 — Woke up to a nice message in my Facebook Messenger inbox, from a former subscriber to the progressive rock newsletter I published many years ago. A good omen for 2020? 

“Hi Jason. I'm not sure if you'll remember me. I was a subscriber and occasional contributor to your On Reflection newsletter in the late 80s/early 90s. I just had the occasion to read through the 3 years of your publication. It was a couple of hours well spent. Thanks for all of your great writing -- it holds up 30+ years later. I don't usually keep back issues, but I saved all of these. I'm proud to say that I'm still a big fan of progressive rock all these years later. My tastes have broadened to include some other styles/artists/groups, etc., but I'm still a prog-head at heart. I won't keep you -- just wanted to say hello and show my appreciation. Happy Holidays!”

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

 

April 23, 2020 — Jason will be the featured speaker at a Brotherhood dinner at Temple Tifereth Shalom, Peabody, MA.

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