Kay to Give the Play-by-Play of Rivera’s ‘Closer’

Hachette Audio has signed Michael Kay, longtime television sports broadcaster for the New York Yankees, to read the audiobook edition of The Closer, a memoir by legendary Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera. In the book, Rivera discusses everything from his childhood in Panama to his success in New York, as well as God, family, and, of course, the game of baseball. The Closer will be published simultaneously in English and Spanish print and audio editions on May 6. The Spanish audio narrator has yet to be announced.

Keaton Back in the Studio for RH

Academy Award–winner Diane Keaton will be back in the studio for Random House Audio to read her new book, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, which is slated for an April release. In it, Keaton takes a candid look at “beauty, aging, the mirror, and how, in the end, you just have to do it your own way.” She shares, in her “characteristic, quirky way, the funny and not-so-funny moments of always staying true to yourself.”

S&S Gets Presidential

In February, former President Jimmy Carter was in the studio to record his newest book, A Call to Action, due out March 25 from Simon & Schuster. In it, according to the publisher, Carter “addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare.” He relates his own “experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world—more than half of all human beings—are being denied equal rights [with men].”

Livingston Keeps Quiet for Macmillan

Actor Ron Livingston, known for his roles in the movie Office Space and the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, was in the studio last month for Macmillan, recording the audio edition of Keep Quiet, the upcoming novel by bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. The book, due out April 8, is described by the publisher as a “gripping and complex story about a man’s split-second decision to protect his son—and the devastating consequences that follow.” Although Scottoline has written dozens of novels, she’s had only one male audiobook narrator prior to Livingston.

Recorded Books Dives Back Into Origami Yoda

Narrator Mark Turetsky is in the studio for Recorded Books, working on the audio edition of Tom Angleberger’s Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!, the fifth installment in his blockbuster Origami Yoda series. In the book, the beloved Star Wars characters in origami form once again help the students of McQuarrie Middle School as they fight against the dark standardized-testing forces and try to make their principle a rebel ally before she becomes transformed into a Dark Lord of the Sith. Amulet published the book in print on March 4—Recorded Books will release the audio version in April.

Dreamscape Records Nunez

Author Elizabeth Nunez will narrate her memoir, Not for Everyday Use, the “haunting story of her lifelong struggle to cope with the consequences” of the “sterner stuff” of her parents’ ambitions for their children and her mother’s seemingly “unbreakable conviction that displays of affection are not for everyday use.” The hardcover will be out from Akashic Books on April 1, and Dreamscape will publish the audio book on April 15.