Thursday, April 7, 6:00–8:30 PM
A PLA Conference favorite, be sure to register for this special evening of engaging authors, audio voices, and delicious food. Ticket cost is $75.
Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than 300 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is a six-time Audie nominee and the recipient of six Earphones Awards and a ListenUp Award. With frequent inclusion on Best of Year and Annual Top Ten lists, Gilbert is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, non-fiction, and genre fiction. Gilbert is a producer, singer, and a writer of personal essay and memoir. Library Journal said this of the highly-acclaimed actress “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.”
George Guidall has recorded over 900 unabridged novels, bringing a consistent artistry to his readings and delighting listeners for over 20 years. His narrations of classics such as Crime and Punishment and The Iliad as well as best sellers like Snow Falling on Cedars and Lillian Jackson Braun’s Cat Who… series have set a standard for excellence recognized throughout the audiobook industry. In addition to his award-winning work as an audiobook narrator, Guidall has also enjoyed a forty-year career in the theatre, including starring roles on Broadway in such plays as Chapter Two, Cafe Crown, Alone Together, and Cold Storage.
Johnny Heller is an award-winning actor and teacher with over 25 years of experience in the industry in voice over, stage, television, and stand-up comedy. He has narrated over 500 titles for adults, young adults, and children—working in almost every genre. Heller is a 2005 and 2009 Audie Award Winner, a double nominee in 2015, a 2014 Nominee for Best Male Narrator, a double nominee in 2012 and was named a Best Voice of 2008–2011 and 2014, and a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award Winner 2008–2013. A winner of over 20 Earphone Awards, AudioFile Magazine named Heller one of the top 50 voices of the 20th Century.
Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples. She was Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 to 2009. Before that she was the restaurant critic of both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, where she was also named food editor. As co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant from 1974 to 1977, she played a part in the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, Calif. In 2007, Reichl was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year and received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Reichl also received the 2008 Matrix Award for Magazines from New York Women in Communications, Inc., and has been honored with six James Beard Awards.
Ticket Cost: $75
PLA thanks the Audio Publishers Association; Blackstone Audio; Book on Tape, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio; HarperAudio; and Recorded Books for their support of this event.