Macmillan Brings in Newbern, Wopat
George Newbern, the film and television actor best known for his roles in Father of the Bride and Scandal, stopped in at Invisible Studios in West Hollywood to record the audiobook for Every Fifteen Minutes, by Lisa Scottoline. Newbern’s previous audiobook credits include several novels by Carl Hiaasen and Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand. Every Fifteen Minutes will be released in audiobook and hardcover on April 14.
Additionally, Tony-nominated actor and singer Tom Wopat recorded the audio edition of Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Real West, by Bill O’Reilly and David Fisher, for Macmillan. The title is a companion to O’Reilly’s documentary series Legends and Lies: Into the West, which is a “look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know,” according to Macmillan. Best known for playing Luke Duke in the classic long-running television series The Dukes of Hazzard, Wopat has also appeared on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, Glengarry Glen Ross, and A Catered Affair. The audiobook and hardcover editions of Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies go on sale April 7.
Colonna in the Booth at Tantor
Stand-up comedian Sarah Colonna was in the Tantor recording booth narrating her upcoming book, Has Anyone Seen My Pants?, which follows her 2012 title, Life As I Blow It: Tales of Love, Life & Sex... Not Necessarily in That Order. Colonna appeared frequently on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately, where she also served as a full-time writer. She was also a producer, writer, and star of After Lately, a spin-off scripted series. Has Anyone Seen My Pants?, which is an exploration of the author’s life in her late 30s, goes on sale March 31. Gallery Books will release the title in paperback on the same day.
Smiley Reflects on Angelou for Hachette
Tavis Smiley, host of PBS’s Tavis Smiley and Public Radio International’s The Tavis Smiley Show, recorded My Journey with Maya for Hachette Audio. Smiley met the late Maya Angelou in 1986, when he was 21 and she was 58. In My Journey with Maya, Smiley “beautifully recounts a lifelong friendship filled with conversation that began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, accompanied the revered writer on a sojourn to Ghana,” according to Hachette. The audiobook and hardcover (from Hachette imprint Little, Brown) go on sale April 7.
Miller Goes to ‘Fairyland’ at Dreamscape
Australian actor Heath Miller narrated The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente, for Dreamscape Media. This is Miller’s first audiobook and the fourth book in the Fairyland series. He is “the voice of Fairyland” according to Valente, who specifically requested the actor. The audiobook went on sale March 3. Macmillan imprint Feiwel and Friends published the hardcover on the same day.
Summer Ends at Blackstone
Mary Alice Monroe was in the Blackstone recording studio narrating her book, The Summer’s End, the final title in the author’s Lowcountry Summer trilogy. In the new book, Monroe, per the publisher, “brings her readers back to the charm and sultry beauty of Sullivan’s Island, S.C.” The audiobook and hardcover (from Gallery Books) go on sale May 19. “Mary Alice Monroe has proved to be an expert narrator as well as author,” says Blackstone. “We’re delighted that she will be back to read the final installment of this popular trilogy.”