Guest Host: Claire Wolf Smith
Guest co-Producers: Sue Zizza & David Shinn
in an evening celebrating the audiobooks of the Riverside series!
featuring some of the talent from the audiobooks:
Robert Fass, Barbara Rosenblat, Katherine Kellgren,
Jordan Smith, Doug Shapiro, Ryan McCabe & Bill Rogers
Executive Producer: Jim Freund
Monday, December 2nd -- Doors open 6:30 PM
Our annual tradition of Family Night with Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner continues, and this year we have pulled out all the stops with a live performance featuring selections from all three audiobooks in the Riverside series! Produced by SueMedia, the evening will include some of the original score to the series by Nathanael Tronerud, plus SFX from SueMedia. Kushner and Sherman will narrate their own work, accompanied by some of the original cast of the "illuminated" audiobooks, drawn from some of New York's finest professional audiobook talents.
Delia Sherman writes stories and novels for younger readers and adults. Her most recent short stories have appeared in the young adult anthology Steampunk! and in Ellen Datlow’s Naked City. She's written three novels for adults: Through a Brazen Mirror, The Porcelain Dove, and The Fall of the Kings (with Ellen Kushner). She's now turned her hand to novels for younger readers. Changeling and The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen are both set in the magical world of New York Between. The Freedom Maze is a time-travel historical about antebellum Louisiana which won the 2012 Prometheus Award and the Andre Norton Award. When she’s not writing, Sherman is teaching, editing, knitting, and cooking. When not on the road (one of her favorite places to be), she lives in a rambling apartment in New York City with partner Ellen Kushner and far too many pieces of paper. Her website is at http://DeliaSherman.com
Ellen Kushner is a novelist, performer and public radio personality. Her award-winning novels include the "mannerpunk" cult classic Swordspoint and Thomas the Rhymer. Kushner’s The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer 'Nutcracker' has been produced as a CD (with the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra), a picture book, and onstage by New York’s Vital Theatre. She has taught writing at the Clarion and Odyssey workshops, and is a co-founder and president emerita of the Interstitial Arts Foundation. Kushner is the longtime host of the public radio show "Sound & Spirit." With Yale Strom & Elizabeth Schwartz, she wrote "The Witches of Lublin," a historical/feminist/magic realist/shtetl radio musical drama, heard around the country as a public radio holiday special, and also available from Audible.com. She lives in New York City, and travels a lot; but her website is always at http://ellenkushner.com.
Claire Wolf Smith served as the third curator of the New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series from 1994 to 1996. Besides spending time in the science fiction publishing world, she has worked in a few different law-related fields, currently specializing in international reinsurance contracts at a large insurance company. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.
Sue Zizza is the owner of SueMedia. She has produced award winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks for more than 20 years. In 2012, Sue created the 'illuminated style' of audiobooks for the novel Swordspoint, which won the 2013 Audie Award for Audio Drama and is featured as part of Neil Gaiman Presents at Audible.com. The sequel to Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword, was also nominated for a 2013 Audie. In August 2013 SueMedia released The Fall of The Kings. Sue also teaches audio arts and sound production at New York University’s Kanbar Institute for Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts and is a Radio Producer for CUNY-TV and Radio in New York City where she is developing new plays for the radio.
David Shinn is a sound designer/engineer and foley (SFX) artist for stage and studio productions. He also specializes in Studio Design and Audio Recording, Multi-track Mixing, and Editing. His most recent projects have all received Audie Nominations and numerous other awards. In 2011 David was an Audie Finalist for William’s Leap For Freedom and 2010 he was part of the Blackstone team that won an Audie for “The Black Mask.” From 1998 until 2006 he co-produced the nationally syndicated Radio Works series that was heard on more than 70 stations coast-to-coast.
Barbara Rosenblat has been described as "the Meryl Streep of audiobooks" by the NY Times. She is a multi-Audie Award winning and Golden Voice narrator whose extraordinary range of accents and characterizations in a distinguished body of work (more than 400 titles to date) makes her one of the most sought after and beloved narrators of audiobooks in the country. On Broadway, Barbara created the role of 'Mrs. Medlock' in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden. She returned to Broadway in the critically acclaimed revival of Eric Bogosian's dark comedy Talk Radio starring Liev Schreiber. In the gaming world her voice can be heard in Grand Theft Auto. Currently she is a featured cast member on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
Katherine Kellgren is a multi-Audie Award winning Golden Voice Narrator who is an audiobook fan favorite because of her no-holds-barred portrayals of characters like the irrepressible Jacky Faber (and motley company) in adventures like The Wake of the Lorelei Lee and The Mark of the Golden Dragon. Her aptitude with accents is extraordinary. From drunken Scotsman to high-born ladies, Katherine fully embodies all the characters in every book she narrates.
The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series provides performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc. The series usually takes place the first Tuesday of every month, but maintains flexibility in time and place, so be sure to stay in touch through the mailing list and the Web.
After the event, please join us as we treat our performers for dinner and drinks nearby.
Jim Freund is Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings. He has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967. His long-running live radio program, “Hour of the Wolf,” broadcasts and streams every Wednesday night/Thursday morning from 1:30-3:00 AM. Programs are available by stream for two weeks after broadcast. (Check http://hourwolf.com, follow @JimFreund, or join the Hour of the Wolf group on Facebook for details.)
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