Eight-time Audie nominee and multiple Earphones and Parent’s Choice Award-winning producer, narrator, and writer Tavia Gilbert has appeared on stage and in film. She is the recipient of the Voice Arts Award for How to Bake Pi by Eugenia Cheng. 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 400 multi-cast and single-voice audiobooks.
Some of her recent audiobook narrations for Recorded Books include Language Arts, the affecting tale of love, loss, and language by Stephanie Kallos; Fatal Identity by Joanne Fluke, author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries; and the new self-help book by Aimee Bernstein, M.ED MFCC Stress Less. Achieve More: Simple Ways to Turn Pressure into a Positive Force in Your Life. Tavia will also be narrating the September audiobook release of Smart is the New Rich: Money Guide for Millennials by Christine Romans.
We were fortunate enough to have Tavia join us this year at the PLA conference in Denver and Publishers Weekly's Library Lounge event at BEA in Chicago. Here's a photo of Tavia in our booth at PLA:
10 Q&A's with Tavia Gilbert:
Recorded Books: When did you narrate your first audiobook?
Tavia Gilbert: 2007
RB: Do you have any superstitions?
TG: It’s not really a superstition, but I make sure to always tell my beloveds that I love them. You never know when you might not have another opportunity.
RB: Favorite type of character/accent to narrate?
TG: I adore voicing big, quirky, over the top characters. Writers who give me a vocal playground are my favorites!
RB: What was your last/favorite non-audiobook gig?
TG: One of my favorite-ever non-audiobook gigs was years ago — a professional musical theater production that was part of a summer arts festival in a charming, small town in Maine. The town leaders hung our headshots all over town, advertising the show. We had a blast for a couple weeks one summer, performing the absolutely delightful musical, going canoeing during our time off, catching glimpses of ourselves as we entered and exited the grocery store or the laundromat. It was like summer theater camp for adults!
RB: What was the first audiobook you narrated?
TG: Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy
RB: Who is your celebrity crush?
TG: Judi Dench
RB: Favorite TV/Stage/Film role?
TG: Laura Bush in Tony Kushner’s Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy
RB: What is your favorite book/TV show/movie?
TG: My favorite book on my bookshelf is a beautiful copy of Little Women, gorgeously illustrated, with a hand-painted inscription by my grandfather, an oil painter. TV Show? As Time Goes By, with Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. Movie? The Scarlet Pimpernell with Ian McKellan; Radio drama? The Archers!!
RB: List 5 adjectives to describe yourself.
TG: Kind, compassionate, driven, devoted, resilient
RB: What is your life motto?
TG: Try again. Fail again. Fail better. — Beckett
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