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AFB Presents the Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Awards

Online Ceremony Recognizes Excellence in Narration of Talking Books

NEW YORK (October 14, 2004)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) will present the 18th annual Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Awards during a first-ever virtual ceremony on Thursday, October 14, 2004 at Established in 1986, the Scourby Awards honor excellence in the narration of Talking Books and are named after the late Alexander Scourby, one of the most admired narrators in history of the Talking Books program.

The Talking Books program provides recorded literature to over 750,000 blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled Americans. The program originated in 1933 at AFB with the invention of the long-playing phonograph record and is administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) of the Library of Congress. AFB is the longest-running producer of Talking Books and has recorded tens of thousands of titles over the last 70 years.

"We are excited to honor the talented men and women whose narration has provided people with disabilities substantial access to literature and information," said Carl R. Augusto, President & CEO of AFB. "The new, online format of this year's Scourby Awards allows us to share the event with more people than ever before, and it gives us a tremendous opportunity to reach more individuals who can benefit from the Talking Books program."

The categories and award recipients this year include:

Fiction: Martha Harmon Pardee, a narrator for Talking Book Publishers, Inc., for her recording of The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michael Faber.

Nonfiction: Mark Ashby, a narrator for Potomac Talking Books, Inc., for his recording of Perfect I'm Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches and Baseball, by David Wells.

Multilingual Nonfiction: Steven Carpenter, a narrator for Potomac Talking Books, Inc., for his recording of The Age of Sacred Terror, by Daniel Benjamin and Steve Simon.

To learn more about this year's winning narrators and the Scourby Awards, log onto on October 14. The online event, which will be archived on the web site, will also feature audio remarks from the honorees and excerpts from their winning selections.

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For more information contact:
Abby Manishor
AFB Communications

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