Hachette titles featured in AudioFile’s Best of the Year in Audiobooks 2010!

1 Dec

Our lovely friends at AudioFile picked some of our audiobooks and their talented narrators as their favourites of the year:

THIS BOOK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU

ROOM

THE SWAN THIEVES

EARTH

PRESUMED INNOCENT

SISTERS RED

Such a wonderful holiday gift – thank you AudioFile!

Writer and Philosopher: David Foster Wallace’s Undergraduate Thesis

1 Dec

FATE, TIME AND LANGUAGE: AN ESSAY IN FREE WILL, DFW’s undergraduate thesis in philosophy, has just been published by Columbia University Press. Although he eventually chose fiction over philosophy, his undergraduate studies greatly shaped his writing, including the story collection GIRL WITH CURIOUS HAIR, which pushed the limits of the post-modernist imagination. Read more about his thesis here, and learn more about GIRL WITH CURIOUS HAIR (which pubs this week in audiobook format) here.

Audiobooks around the world: Nigeria

12 Oct

I just stumbled on an awesome audiobook find from the African continent! Adesuwa Onyenokwe, a TV personality and magazine publisher based in Lagos, Nigeria (my hometown) transformed Sade Adeniran’s novel IMAGINE THIS into an accessible audiobook for the blind and visually impaired. The novel was read by 10 local celebrities including rapper M.I. and Onyenokwe herself, and a behind-the-scenes documentary on the audiobook was screened at its launch on September 30th. It makes me very happy to hear about my fellow citizens doing such wonderful work in the field of audiobooks which I love, and for such a good cause! Read more about the project here.

David Sedaris (and animals) featured on NPR

28 Sep

Audio darling David Sedaris was interviewed by NPR about his new book SQUIRREL MEETS CHIPMUNK, a collection of stories that are his unique take on classic fables. Click here to read the feature, and here to listen to a clip of the audiobook which pubs today.

Hachette authors at the National Book Festival this weekend

24 Sep

D.C. inhabitants and bookavores should head to the National Book Festival organised by the Library of Congress this Saturday on the National Mall from 10a.m. to 5.30p.m. The weather promises to be great, and a ton of wonderful authors will be present, including audio favourites Scott Turow, Brad Meltzer and Elizabeth Kostova. Click here to see the full schedule of events, and have a wonderful weekend!

Shakespeare on audiobook… but not as you expect.

23 Sep

I just discovered that a book by one of my college professors is available on audio! James Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is a preeminent Shakespearean scholar with a penchant for tossing ringing iPhones that disturb his classes out of 7th floor windows. He has written extensively on “the Great Bard of Stratford” and his most recent book Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? addresses the omnipresent debate over the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays.  He explores in great depth the viewpoints of both those who believe William Shakespeare was a real person and those who insist that another figure is responsible for Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, although his sympathies ultimately lie with the former group. The audio version is published by Tantor Media and read by Wanda McCaddon. As much of Shakespeare’s work was written to be performed out loud, it only makes sense that books on his life and work pay homage in a similar vein.

Click here to read a review of the audiobook by Francine Levitov of SoundCommentary.com.

And here’s a little clip to make your day even more literary:

Nicholas Sparks featured in the Miami Herald

20 Sep

The Miami Herald has a feature on novelist Nicholas Sparks describing him as the “Paganini of the heartstrings.” Both Sparks and his editor Jamie Raab are interviewed about the huge appeal his novels have for readers and Hollywood bigwigs alike, and on what makes his stories stand out from other romance authors. Sparks’s new novel SAFE HAVEN is out this month – listen to a clip of the audio and watch the author answer your questions here, and click here to read the entire article.

And just in case you felt like having a little cry at your desk this Monday morning:

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