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New Awards for The Rites of Passage

Jonathan Taylor's Goldberg Variations: The Rites of Passage garners awards for this debut novel.

The 2019 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS named The Rites of Passage as a Finalist in its LGBTQ Fiction category. 

The Eric Hoffer Award also announced that The Rites of Passage was named finalist in the Category Best LGBTQ Literature. 

These honors are in addition to the Falkner award Finalist for General Fiction.


Jonathan Taylor’s LGBT underground hit, The Rites of Passage now available on Amazon

Jonathan Taylor's new novel, The Rites of Passage is barely out and already getting rave reviews.

The Kirkus Review stated, “Jamie is thoughtful and highly sympathetic, and readers will be happy to follow him through the formative years of his youth. Taylor succeeds in capturing various moments (however painful or awkward) and revealing their importance.

Foreward Reviews stated: Jonathan A. Taylor’s The Rites of Passage is marketed as the first in a series of novels; it also ably stands on its own. The story follows Jamie Goldberg from elementary school to college, as he grows from an abused boy into a self- possessed young man. His life is a symphony of pain, humor, filth, and beauty as he struggles to come to terms with his identity in homophobic America … Such complexities, in their willingness to understand the world and its uncomfortable truths, are the hallmark of Taylor’s writing.

Six-time Emmy award-winning writer Patrick Mulcahey of The Bold and the Beautiful said: “The Rites of Passage’s main character Jamie Goldberg is like encountering a gay Portnoy’s Complaint, in its distinctive blend of Jewishness, sex, moral panic and maternal dominance.” 

The Rites of Passage is meant to appeal and also provoke the LGBT, Jewish, Progressive, alternative sexuality, and the Arts-loving communities and is particularly relevant to a new generation of gender and sexuality-related issues for adults and young adults alike. 

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jonathan Taylor is a writer and editor (living in San Francisco), with two published books and over seventy articles to his credit, mostly in the field of design. Jonathan was editor-in-chief, of Interactions magazine for four years. He is also a user experience designer working for companies such as Google, IBM and Nokia and a member Left Coast Writers, led by Linda Watanabe McFerrin.

New Book deal announced for the Goldberg Variations, the latest Jonathan Taylor Series

RitesPassageCover1Announcing the launch of the new series from Jonathan Taylor. ArnoLand books announces the closing of a multi-book deal with procuring the rights to the entire Goldberg Variations Series.

"We're very excited to make this series the heart and soul of our catalog offerings," stated an elated Mr. J. S. Arnowitz, the intrepid CEO of ArnoLand Books. Mr. Jonathan Taylor, the author of the series is also very excited. "Finally this tremendous work will have a chance to get the exposure it deserves."

The series follows the life journey of its hero, Jamie Goldberg as his life is iterated into variations taking him from Detroit to San Francisco to Amsterdam and beyond. Each move signals a new 'variation.'

"The musical reference is not arbitrary but well thought out as the work incorporates metaphors from literature, music, and art," stated Mr. Taylor. "For those who can pick up on the references they can read the book on another level. For those who want a more relaxing read will still get a tremendous story."

"I think Jamie Goldberg is one of the great literary characters of this new generation of authors," stated Mr. Arnowitz. "Even the book cover is stunning, the work of Bay Area artist, Rene Cap[one, who paints some of the most compelling images in his mixed media works."


Nine Lives of Morris

Dr. Morris Taylor (1931-2016)


The Rites of Passage

Jonathan Taylor


Musical Mountain

Thomas Pierson


Our Team

Dr. Morris Taylor (1931-2016)

Jonathan Arnowitz

Peter Paulus
Acquisitions Editor

Sarah Rebecca Arnowitz
Children's Books

Donald Chandler
Technical Lead

Lawrence Brown


A bit of our history


Our Humble Beginnings
We began our publishing activities in early 2008 with a variety of online publications ranging from works on Design, Politics, and Alternative lifestyles. At the beginning of 2014, our board of directors decided to change our emphasis to providing a platform to fresh voices in underserved communities.

March 2014

The Goldberg Variations Project
After many initial false starts, our initial project was settled on the new series of works by Jonathan Taylor, entitled The Goldberg Variations. The saga of a young man into many dimensions of self-discovery seemed a perfect first project. We committed to print the first of these works in return for funding its formation.

February 2017

The Nine Lives of Morris
In 2017, ArnoLand Books added the amazing memoir and art book by Morris Lyle Taylor to its catalog. Taking over the publication from Arts & Antiques, which it acquired in 2016.

January 2018

Goldberg Variations Series
Late in 2017 ArnoLand Books came into agreement with Jonathan Taylor to publish the entire Goldberg Variations series and extended to its author, Jonathan Taylor a commitment for 4 volumes over the next 6 years.

Submission guidelines

ArnoPress FuturaMediumThe ArnoLand Press is currently accepting submissions for full-length fiction and non-fiction; however, please read our acceptance criteria before deciding to submit. Unsolicited manuscripts will be reviewed but cannot be returned nor any feedback given.

The ArnoLand Press is the platform for underserved voices and communities. As such, our press is looking for out of the ordinary people, perspective, and stories that take their special voice and reach out to a general community. In other words, we are not looking for genre or community manuscripts but manuscripts that look to educate, inform and challenge the status quo while entertaining any and all readers. For manuscripts that seek to service their communities look at community presses. we hope to improve the world by adding your voice to the common narrative.

Specifically, we are looking for novels, memoirs and non-fiction history. We are open to other forms, providing they fulfill the above mission of the Press.

Also, note we are a partnership publisher so we seek your active involvement and investment in the publishing process. How much will be based on a number of factors that we would negotiate individually, although we have a services card available on request. Just use our contact form on this website.

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