Layne Beckner James

coffee. carbs. toddler. teenagers. write. work. walk. husband. snuggles. wine. vox. read. travel. garden. pray. repeat.

photo cred: Megan Spelman

What you need to know about me:

Some of my favourite books.

…in no particular order:

Beartown/Us Against You – Fredrick Backman

Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas

Educated – Tara Westover

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

A Complicated Kindness – Miriam Toews

A Woman Is No Man – Etaf Rum


team Petah.

em dash overuser.


If I were stuck on a deserted island and could only watch one show for the rest of my life…

I honestly don’t know if I’d chose
The Office or Parks and Rec.

It’s the question that won’t go away.

More favourite books.

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

The Paris Wife – Paula Mclain

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Commonwealth – Ann Patchett

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini 

Valentine – Elizabeth Wetmore

Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout

The Clay Girl – Heather Tucker

I write novels and essays about topics I care about.

…like girlhood, big life questions, courage, identity, the South, coming-of-age, class, relationships, power/privilege, racism, religion/faith, feminism, the environment.

Say Hello.

If you have a question or comment about my writing, shoot me a line, and I’ll reply if my kid has a good nap: thelaynejames@gmail.com

Once upon a time, I wrote a book with my friend Lindsay.

more books coming soon.

I promise to post something at least once a month. Once a year, it will even be witty. >>>

p.s. time for a donut? you’re welcome.