Author Archives: Jafoley1

Review of The Carnival at Bray in Wandering Educators

Check out the review, plus photos, here:

Review of The Carnival at Bray in New City

Please check out Liz Baudler’s review of my novel in Newcity.

Fiction Review: “The Carnival at Bray” by Jessie Ann Foley

Review from Irish American News

Give a read to Melodie Griffith’s review of The Carnival at Bray in the Irish American News!


Book Launch Party

Please join me on Saturday, October 18, for the launch of The Carnival at Bray.

The Book Cellar

4736 N Lincoln, Chicago IL

7:00 pm

Iowa City Book Festival

I will be at the amazing Iowa City Book Festival this October 2-5 in North America’s only UNESCO City of Literature!

I will be participating in the panel: A Sense of Place at 1:00 on October 4th and I have my own panel about The Carnival at Bray at 2:30 on October 4th.

Kirkus starred review!

Last week, I awoke to the awesome news that Carnival at Bray received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who called the novel “powerfully evocative.” You can read the full review here. Sweet!

Carnival at Bray review in Literary Chicago

I recently sat down with Literary Chicago’s Julia Fine at Portage Grounds in Chicago to discuss my forthcoming novel. Read the interview and book review here.

Interview with Chicago Literati

I recently spoke with Kristen Nathan of Chicago Literati about place, point of view, and music in my new novel, The Carnival at Bray.

My interview about YA lit in the Chicago Tribune

I talked recently with Tribune contributor Donald Leibonson about YA lit, my publisher, Elephant Rock Books, and my forthcoming novel, The Carnival at Bray.

Early review of The Carnival at Bray

Check out the first review of my Helen Sheehan Prize-winning novel, The Carnival at Bray from Kristen Nathan at Chicago Literati.