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APH Narrator First in Nation to Record 1000 Talking Books

News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, May 27, 1997

At 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28th, Talking Book Narrator Mitzi Friedlander will be honored in a ceremony at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) as the first person in the history of the program to record 1000 books for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the Library of Congress. The ceremony will take place on the front lawn of APH, at 1839 Frankfort Avenue.

Book number 1000 for Friedlander was Beyond the Double Night, a biography of James Morrison Heady, a deaf-blind Kentuckian who was a writer, inventor, and poet. The book's author, Ken Thompson, lives in Spencer County, Kentucky.

Friedlander has been reading books onto tape at APH for 35 years and is familiar to 750,000 people in the listening audience as the voice of such classics as Gone With the Wind and Charlotte's Web. In 1993 the nationwide audience selected her as one of their favorite Talking Book voices, honoring her with the Alexander Scourby Award for excellence in the narration of nonfiction titles.

Friedlander, an outstanding member of the Louisville theater community, has appeared with Actors Theater, the Kentucky Opera Association, and the Louisville Children's Theater. She holds an M.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Louisville.

APH opened its studios in 1936 and has been recording books and magazines since then as part of its mission to promote the independence of blind persons by providing the special media, tools, and materials needed for education and life.

Contact Roberta Williams, Public Relations Specialist, for more information. Telephone: 1 -800-223-1839 or (502) 895-2405; e-mail: rwilliams@aph.org

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