For a long time I’ve wanted to narrate one of my own books and now the deed is done. In the fall of 2017, in a studio across the Ottawa River in Aylmer, I spent eight sessions or so in front of a microphone reading my second novel Garbo Laughs. We had great fun doing it, the director Wendy Robbins, the technician Marc Parizeau, and I, the croaky reader, who relied on quantities of herbal tea with lemon and honey to lubricate my pipes. The result is now available to be downloaded from either Kobo.com or Audible.ca.
Garbo Laughs, the audio book, is one of many being made available by Penguin Random House Canada’s new audio program. The many include several more of mine. My story collection Small Change read by Kate Greenhouse, my most recent novel His Whole Life read by Susan Coyne, and my first novel, A Student of Weather, read by my daughter, the Toronto actor and light of my life, Sochi Fried.