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Darien Library Offers Behind-The-Scenes Look At Audiobooks

Dan Zitt
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DARIEN, Conn. - Dan Zitt, vice president at the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at audiobook production on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Darien Library.

He will be joined by the popular actors/narrators Tavia Gilbert and Dennis Boutsikaris. The group will participate in a question and answer and then give live readings of audiobook segments.

Gilbert, a six-time Audie nominee and multiple Earphones and Parent’s Choice Award-winning producer, narrator, and writer, has appeared on stage and in film. Library Journal said this of the highly-acclaimed actress: "As close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice." She has narrated more than 250 multi-cast and single-voice audiobooks. A few of her most recent narrations are "Blue Plate Special," "Mothers," "True Love" and "We are Water."

After graduating from Hampshire College, Boutsikaris toured the country with John Houseman’s The Acting Company. He is a two-time Obie-winning stage actor who was the first American actor to play Mozart on Broadway in “Amadeus" and appeared in the 2009 short-lived revival of “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” His “transporting voice” can be heard on over 125 audiobooks. He is the recipient of six Audie Awards, given by the Audio Publishers Association. And, nine of his recordings have been given AudioFile Earphones Awards, including Neil Gaiman’s "American Gods: Tenth Anniversary Edition," Philip Roth’s "Nemesis," John Grisham’s "The Litigators," and Stephen Kings’ "Firestarter."

From the days of reel to reel to the soaring popularity of digital download, Zitt has been on the front lines of the evolution of the audiobook industry. He has directed former President Bill Clinton three times, as well as former President George W. Bush and, most recently, First Lady Michele Obama. With the merger of Penguin and Random House, Dan will oversee the production of 750 audiobooks this year.

Refreshments will be served.

The Darien Library is at 1441 Post Road. Call 203-655-1234 or visit the website for more information.

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