Johnny Temple is 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 is the Chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which plans 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 to various publications, including the Nation and Publishers Weekly.