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APA Presents: Press Play

Thursday, March 24
5:30 PM–6:30 PM

An evening with your favorite authors and audiobook narrators!

Join us for Press Play, an evening celebrating all things audiobook. This year, the Audio Publishers Association event—which has become a favorite among past PLA Conference attendees—will be open to all conference registrants and will feature a panel discussion and Q&A with some of your favorite authors and audiobook narrators. Press Play will kick off before the PLA 2022 All-Conference Reception, so attendees can get their author fix before finishing the night with hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and dancing!

Jordan Ifueko (photo: Amanda Casserly)Jordan Ifueko is the bestselling author of the Raybearer series and other stories, including short fiction in the Hugo-nominated magazine Strange Horizons. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and has been featured on BuzzFeed, NPR, and others. Ifueko writes about magic Black girls who aren’t magic all the time, because honestly, they deserve a vacation. Follow her on instagram @jordanifueko.

Appearing courtesy Blackstone Publishing


Gildart Jackson (photo: Jolene Barto)Gildart Jackson played “Giles the Butler”/host of the acclaimed NBC hit series Whodunnit? and is known by many as “Gideon” from Charmed and “Simon Prentiss’ on General Hospital. He currently stars as “Ian Carlyle” in Freeform’s The Bold Type, as “Flyseyes” on Netflix’s Castlevania, and as “The Major” in Hellsing Ultimate. He was recently announced as the voice of “Alfred Pennyworth” in the new Batman video game, Gotham Knights.

In addition the British actor has narrated over three hundred audiobooks, won an Audie and multiple Earphones Awards, and been nominated for multiple Audie Awards and Audiobook Listener Awards.

Jackson is married to Melora Hardin and they have two daughters named Rory and Piper and a cat and dog named Barnaby and Lollie.

When asked why he and Hardin started Fireside Reading, Jackson said, “We hope that offering this while we are all stuck at home might be a solace to some who feel lonely and provide a little gentle entertainment in uncertain times.”

Appearing courtesy Dreamscape Media


Sonia Manzano (photo: Edwin Pagán)Sonia Manzano has affected the lives of millions since the early 1970s, as the actress who defined the role of "Maria" on the acclaimed television series Sesame Street. Manzano has won fifteen Emmy Awards for her television writing and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences. People magazine named Manzano one of America's most influential Hispanics. She lives in New York City.

Appearing courtesy Scholastic


Brian Selznick (photo: Slimane Lalami)Brian Selznick's books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He is the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo; and Wonderstruck, adapted into the eponymous movie by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Selznick; as well as the New York Times bestseller The Marvels and his most recent title, Kaleidoscope.

Appearing courtesy Scholastic


No ticket required.

PLA thanks the Audio Publishers Association for its support of this event.

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