Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mandela's Folktales, with Archbishop Tutu & celebrity readers

Here's an advance (VERY advance) press release about an audiobook that sounds like a must-listen:

In honor of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday this week, Artists for a New South Africa announced plans to produce an audiobook version of Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, an award-winning book of legendary tales hand-picked by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. An array of celebrated, award-winning performers are donating their talents to the charitable endeavor; those already signed on to voice stories include Gillian Anderson, America Ferrera, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Rickman and Jurnee Smollett. Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will record a special message to the world’s children that will be featured on the audiobook.

The audiobook, slated for a Summer 2009 release, will be published and distributed by Hachette Audio. Proceeds will benefit the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF), a South African organization founded in 1995 to improve dramatically the way society treats its children; and ANSA, which works in the U.S. and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, provide comprehensive assistance to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, advance human rights, educate and empower at-risk youth and build bonds between both nations through arts, culture and the shared pursuit of social justice. Both organizations are working to address the impact of the AIDS pandemic on children in South Africa, which has more people living with HIV/AIDS and more children orphaned by the disease than any other country.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the shout out! More exciting information to come!