If you’re in or near Brooklyn, please join me on July 27th for a conversation with my dear friend, Stephanie Kallos, the author of one of my favorite book projects, Language Arts from Recorded Books (print edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). We hope to see you at the powerHouse Arena on Monday, July 27th at 7 pm, when Stevie and I will be talking about Palmer penmanship, offering you cupcakes and wine, and entertaining you with song! Recorded Books will be providing door prizes for the event – 5 signed copies of the audiobook!
MORE ABOUT LANGUAGE ARTS: Charles Marlow is a Seattle English teacher who instructs his students to expand their worlds through language. Lately, however, with one child off to college and the pressure from his ex-wife to make plans for their severely autistic son, who’s about to age out of the system, he prefers the company of the ghosts he turns up in the storage boxes in his crawl space. There he finds the totems that betray the darker moments of his youth-memories that were buried for decades when he met the ambitious and sparkling Alison LeFevre. But the complications of parenthood proved fatal to their marriage, and Charles has been stagnant ever since. Language Arts is a wise and perceptive novel about how accumulated guilt and fear can embalm us in middle age and how one man who lost his way in life and love regains both.
I am thrilled to announce that my performance of IT’S WHAT I DO: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario for Blackstone Audio, has received AudioFile Magazine‘s Earphones Award. The text of the review can be found below, along with a direct link to the review and audio sample on AudioFile‘s website.
It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War
Last fall, I was privileged to be part of an award-winning cast of actors who narrated We Are Water by Wally Lamb, an ensemble performance that subsequently received an Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine. To promote the book, the cast was invited to a public reading at BookCourt in Brooklyn in October, and in November, we were interviewed live by Judith Regan on her Sirius XM radio show.
This flurry of press and enthusiasm for a beautiful novel was exciting, but what meant the most to me was that Wally is a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, the school where I earned an MFA in creative non-fiction just a little over a year ago. It was an honor to get to know a fellow VCFA alum, especially one who represents the integrity, artistry, and devotion to craft as well as Wally does, and a great start to my new New York narrating and writing life.
Sirius XM Radio interview with Judith Regan on November 16, 2013, with Richard Ferrone, Wally Lamb, Cynthia Darlow, Therese Plummer, and Tavia Gilbert.
Sirius XM Radio Interview with Judith Regan, Part 1
On-Air Readings on Sirius XM Radio
Sirius XM Radio Interview with Judith Regan, Part 2
Public reading at Book Court in Brooklyn on October 26, 2013, with Robin Miles, George Guidall, Wally Lamb, Richard Ferrone, and Tavia Gilbert (back row), and Therese Plummer, Sandy Rustin, Maggi-Meg Reed, and Cynthia Darlow (front row).
My recent conversation about the writing life with Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special, was featured inLibrary Journal. Read about how our serendipitous meeting at a pilates class turned into a professional partnership and friendship that resulted in a beautiful recording of Kate’s food-based memoir.
I admit that I’d completely forgotten about this interview, until Recorded Books Tweeted a link to me this afternoon. It was a pleasant surprise to find that the conversation had been published on the Book Reporter blog, the last in their series of narrator talks in honor of “June is Audiobook Month,” the audiobook community’s annual push to bring to people’s attention the joy and delight of exceptional audiobooks.
Thank you, Book Reporter, for including me in such an esteemed group of narrators, including my friends Johnny Heller, Robert Fass, Simon Vance, and Katherine Kellgren, and thank you especially for featuring and celebrating the audiobook art form.
If you haven’t listened to an audiobook yet, then start by seeking out the performances of any of these wonderful voice actors. Johnny, Robert, Simon, and Katherine are the best in the business, and they will convert you to fervent audiobook fans immediately. In the comments below, I invite you to share what audiobooks, narrators, and series are your favorites.
You know the feeling of hearing the voice of someone you love? For me, it’s a wonderful, intimate, comforting warmth, a fondness and appreciation for the person who sounds so much like themselves. That’s what is so powerful about the love affair between audiobook listeners and the actors who tell the stories — the listener is in relationship with the voice in their ear, and there is a powerful connection forged between the two.
Well, this wonderful interview by Adam Boretz, writer of the Listen Up audiobook blog for Publisher’s Weekly, gave me just that feeling, because for a half an hour I got to hear the voice of one of my favorite people — the one and only Johnny Heller. Johnny is a dear friend, and for the past few years I’ve been enamored with him, with his humor, wisdom, playfulness, pragmatism, irreverence, and particularly his adoration for his much lovelier half, Jo Anna Perrin. The conversation was entertaining, informative, educational, and very pleasant dinner companionship last night after I got out of the studio.
Thanks to both these gents for kicking off this excellent interview series with something special!
The Audiobook Publisher’s Association Conference in New York is always a very pleasant gathering of friends, colleagues, and new members of the audiobook community. The 2012 conference was particularly memorable.
It was an honor to have been asked to speak about my work as a narrator and a producer in a conversations facilitated by the inestimable, elegant, generous producer John McElroy. Other panelists included my good friend Dan Zitt, Director of Audio Production at Random House, and designer and social media expert Chris Carvey.
And our great audiobook advocate and fan, Adam Boretz of Publisher’s Weekly, very kindly reported on the other delight of the day: live performances by audiobook narrators. My dear Johnny Heller, MC extraordinaire, invited me to perform, along with Davina Porter, Hillary Huber, Dion Graham, Simon Vance, Karen White, Simon Prebble, Anne Flosnik, Robin Miles, and Robert Fass.
A lovely time was had by all, as evidenced by these photos from Johnny’s far better half, the wonderful photographer and narrator Jo Anna Perrin. Don’t Dion and I look happy?