Texas Talking Book Program Author Talk: Katie Lane

Join the Talking Book Program for an author talk on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) with steamy romance author, Katie Lane.

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Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Laura Jean will talk with her about her career as an author as well as her books, from her DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS Series. A Q&A chat will follow.

Our Author Talks meet via Zoom, however all you need to participate is a telephone! If you have a land line, you will use the telephone number. If you have a smart phone, you will use the “one-tap” number to join the discussion. We will also email a Zoom invitation to those who prefer to use a computer. This information will be sent to all patrons who RSVP a week prior to the author talk.

We would also like to offer you the opportunity to ask Katie Lane questions about her books. Please submit questions by August 6. We will choose questions based on the responses to this form and they may be asked during the event!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoK0-1wWTFHqC6gKdHhM4HIhu_nl9j0PutFXSPd24QeeQXFg/viewform?usp=sharing

To RSVP, please email us at tbpRAL@tsl.texas.gov, or call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you a digital cartridge with her series or if you prefer to download them from BARD. Also, please let us know if you would like a reminder via email or phone-call (or both).

Start with the first book in her series: GOING COWBOY CRAZY (DBC 25528) by Katie Lane

NLS Annotation: Bramble, Texas, is the only place Faith Aldridge can find answers–as well as Hope, the identical twin sister she never knew she had. But the townsfolk reckon that shy city-girl Faith is really Hope, back in Bramble at last. And they’re fixin’ to do whatever it takes to heat things up between her and Hope’s longtime flame, Slate Calhoun. If that means rustling her car, spreading rumors like wildfire, and reining in some explosive secrets, well, there’s no way like the Lone Star way… Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, August 13!

2024 International Booker Prize Longlist

The International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a single book translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.

The winner was announced by Eleanor Wachtel, Chair of the 2024 judges, at a ceremony sponsored by Maison Valentino and held at London’s Tate Modern on May 21.

For more information check out the International Booker Prize website.

Here are the books longlisted for 2024 that are in the TBP collection.

HOUSE ON VIA GEMITO by Domenico Starnone and translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky
DB 115668
DICTATOR CALLS by Ismail Kadare and translated from the Albanian by John Hodgson
IN PROCESS
KAIROS by Jenny Erpenbeck and translated from the German by Michael Hofmann
DB 117426

July 2024 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Please join us on Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for our Book Club discussion of MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

We host our Book Club discussions via Zoom. However, all you need to participate is a telephone!

If you have a land line, we will provide a telephone number for accessing the Book Club. If you have a smart phone, we will email an easy “one click ” number you can use to join the discussion. We will also email a Zoom invitation to those who prefer to use a computer.

Patrons who register for the discussion will receive this information a week before the book club meeting.

To RSVP call us at 1-800-252-9605 or email tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER is available by mail as a digital cartridge and is also available to download on BARD.

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite (DB 93043)
Though it wears on her, Korede has grown very good at cleaning up her sister’s messes—namely, those left after she murders her boyfriends. The bright spot in Korede’s life is a kind doctor at the hospital where she works–until the day he meets Korede’s sister and asks for her number. Some violence. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

We’re looking forward to having you join us on Thursday, July 25!

Texas Talking Book Program Author Talk: Taylor Moore

The Talking Book Program’s theme for our Summer Reading Program this year is Adventure begins at your Library, so join us for an author talk on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) with action-packed thriller author, Taylor Moore.

Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Laura Jean will talk with him about his career as an author as well as his books, from his GARRETT KOHL Series. A Q&A chat will follow.

Our Author Talks meet via Zoom, however all you need to participate is a telephone! If you have a land line, you will use the telephone number. If you have a smart phone, you will use the “one-tap” number to join the discussion. We will also email a Zoom invitation to those who prefer to use a computer. This information will be sent to all patrons who RSVP a week prior to the author talk.

We would also like to offer you the opportunity to ask Taylor Moore questions about his books. Please submit questions by July 9. We will choose questions based on the responses to this form and they may be asked during the event!

Question Submission Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnJUBaiGh0MUQEMUtqldrlqjQFj5vIXotqLsp1WqghSNwPLg/viewform?usp=sharing

To RSVP, please reply to this email, or call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you a digital cartridge with his series or if you prefer to download them from BARD. Also, please let us know if you would like a reminder via email or phone-call (or both).

Start with the first book in his series: DOWN RANGE

DOWN RANGE (DBC 26465) by Taylor Moore

NLS Annotation: “As a decorated undercover DEA special agent, Garrett Kohl has traveled the world–and fought in most of it–but it’s the High Plains of northwest Texas he calls home and dreams of returning to one day. When he is ordered back to Texas on a short mission expected to take a week at most, Kohl is unsettled to discover that the once-peaceful ranching community he loves is under attack. A band of criminals who have infiltrated law enforcement, corrupted local businesses, and is now terrorizing Kohl’s own family.”– adapted from jacket. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. 2021.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, July 16!

May 2024 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Please join us on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for our Book Club discussion of MERCURY RISING: JOHN GLENN, JOHN KENNEDY, AND THE NEW BATTLEGROUND OF THE COLD WAR by Jeff Shesol.

We host our Book Club discussions via Zoom. However, all you need to participate is a telephone!

If you have a land line, we will provide a telephone number for accessing the Book Club. If you have a smart phone, we will email an easy “one click ” number you can use to join the discussion. We will also email a Zoom invitation to those who prefer to use a computer.

Patrons who register for the discussion will receive this information a week before the book club meeting.

To RSVP call us at 1-800-252-9605 or email tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov

MERCURY RISING is available by mail as a digital cartridge and is also available to download on BARD.

MERCURY RISING: JOHN GLENN, JOHN KENNEDY, AND THE NEW BATTLEGROUND OF THE COLD WAR by Jeff Shesol (DB 110864)

A riveting history of the epic orbital flight that put America back into the space race. If the United States couldn’t catch up to the Soviets in space, how could it compete with them on Earth? That was the question facing John F. Kennedy at the height of the Cold War–a perilous time when the Soviet Union built the wall in Berlin, tested nuclear bombs more destructive than any in history, and beat the United States to every major milestone in space. The race to the heavens seemed a race for survival—and America was losing. On February 20, 1962, when John Glenn blasted into orbit aboard Friendship 7, his mission was not only to circle the planet; it was to calm the fears of the free world and renew America’s sense of self-belief. Mercury Rising re-creates the tension and excitement of a flight that shifted the momentum of the space race and put the United States on the path to the moon. Drawing on new archival sources, personal interviews, and previously unpublished notes by Glenn himself, Mercury Rising reveals how the astronaut’s heroics lifted the nation’s hopes in what Kennedy called the “hour of maximum danger.” Commercial audiobook.

We’re looking forward to having you join us on Tuesday, May 21!

America’s Field Trip Contest

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled and the Library of Congress are excited to be participating in America’s Field Trip, part of the official celebration of the nation’s semi quincentennial – the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

America’s Field Trip is a nationwide contest inviting students in grades 3 through 12 to submit artwork, videos, or essays responding to the question “What does America mean to you?” First-place winners will have the opportunity to participate in special tours at historical, educational, and cultural sites across the country such as Yellowstone National Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the Library of Congress.

The deadline to enter is May 17, 2024. Find more information and submission guidelines at https://america250.org/FieldTrip

Audie Awards Finalists 2024

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced the finalists for the 2024 Audie Awards, “recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment.” The full list of finalists follows. Winners were announced at the Audie Awards Gala at The Avalon in Los Angeles on March 4, 2024.

For more information, see the Awards website.

Here are the finalists for 2024 that are in the TBP collection.

Audiobook of the Year

ALL THE SINNERS BLEED by S. A. Cosby and narrated by Adam Lazarre-White (DB 115237)
SURRENDER: 40 SONGS, ONE STORY by Bono and narrated by the author (DB 111015)
TOM LAKE by Ann Patchett and narrated by Meryl Streep (DB 116555)

Audio Drama

NONE OF THIS IS TRUE by Lisa Jewell and narrated by the author Lisa Jewell with Nicola Walker, Jenny Walser, Kristin Atherton, Ayesha Antoine, Louise Brealey, Alix Dunmore, Elliot Fitzpatrick, Thomas Judd, and Dominic Thorburn (DB 116345)

Autobiography/Memoir

BEHIND THE SEAMS: MY LIFE IN RHINESTONES by Dolly Parton, Holly George-Warren, and Rebecca Seaver and narrated by the authors. (DB 117524)
MAKING IT SO: A MEMOIR by Patrick Stewart and narrated by the author (DB 116785)
SAVED: A WAR REPORTER’S MISSION TO MAKE IT HOME by Benjamin Hall and narrated by the author (DB 114606)

Best Fiction Narrator

LAST LIFEBOAT by Hazel Gaynor and narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown (DB IN PROCESS)
EYES & THE IMPOSSIBLE by Dave Eggers and narrated by Ethan Hawke (DB 116273)
LAND OF MILK AND HONEY: A NOVEL by C. Pam Zhang and narrated by Eunice Wong (DB 116953)

Best Nonfiction Narrator

ART THIEF: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, CRIME, AND A DANGEROUS OBSESSION by Michael Finkel and narrated by the author and Edoardo Ballerini (DB 115367)
KING: A LIFE by Jonathan Eig and narrated by Dion Graham (DB 115189)
WAGER: A TALE OF SHIPWRECK, MUTINY AND MURDER by David Grann and narrated by the author and Dion Graham (DB 113965)
WOMAN IN ME by Britney Spears and narrated by the author and Michelle Williams (DB 116686)

Business/Personal Development

LIGHT WE CARRY: OVERCOMING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES by Michelle Obama and narrated by the author (DB 111237)
WIN EVERY ARGUMENT: THE ART OF DEBATING, PERSUADING, AND PUBLIC SPEAKING by Mehdi Hasan and narrated by the author (DB 112685)
WISDOM OF MORRIE: LIVING AND AGING CREATIVELY AND JOYFULLY by Morrie Schwartz and narrated by Rob Schwartz and Steven Weber (DB IN PROCESS)

Español – Spanish Language

CON LUZ PROPIA: VENCER EN TIEMPOS DE INCERTIDUMBRE por Michelle Obama [traducción de Gabriel Dols Gallardo, Efrén del Valle Peñamil, Raúl Sastre Letona y Carlos Abreu Fetter] and narrated by Jane Santos (DB 112490)

Faith-Based Fiction or Nonfiction

SOUL BOOM: WHY WE NEED A SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION by Rainn Wilson and narrated by the author (DB 114163)

Fantasy

RED RABBIT by Alex Grecian and narrated by John Pirhalla (DB 116383)
STARLING HOUSE by Alix E. Harrow and narrated by Natalie Naudus (DB 116445)
TREAD OF ANGELS by Rebecca Roanhorse and narrated by Dion Graham (DB 113252)

Fiction

BIRNAM WOOD by Eleanor Catton and narrated by Saskia Maarleveld (DB 115924)
MAAME by Jessica George and narrated by Heather Agyepong (DB 112961)
YELLOWFACE by R. F. Kuang and narrated by Helen Laser (DB 114930)

History/Biography

ELON MUSK by Walter Isaacson narrated by the author and Jeremy Bobb (DB 116346)
EMPIRE OF ICE AND STONE: THE DISASTEROUS AND HEROIC VOYAGE OF THE KARLUK by Buddy Levy and narrated by Will Damron (DB 113494)

Humor

HOW TO SURVIVE HISTORY by Cody Cassidy and narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris (DB 118800 IN PROCESS)
LESLIE F*CKING JONES: A MEMOIR by Leslie Jones and narrated by the author and Chris Rock (DB IN PROCESS)
RAW DOG: THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT HOT DOGS by Jamie Loftus and narrated by the author (DB 115180)

Judges Category- UK – Produced Audiobook

ATLAS: THE STORY OF PA SALT by Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker. Narrated by Richard Armitage and Middleton Tuppence (DB IN PROCESS)
SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES by Jojo Moyes and narrated by Daisy Ridley (DB 112338)

Literary Fiction and Classics

MAKING OF ANOTHER MAJOR MOTION PICTURE MASTERPIECE by Tom Hanks and narrated by the author (DB 114593)

Middle Grade

BIG TREE by Brian Selznick and narrated by the author with Meryl Streep (DB 114871)
ELF DOG AND OWL HEAD by M. T. Anderson and narrated by Pete Cross (DB 115064)
SCHOOL TRIP by Jerry Craft and narrated by Dereje Tarrant, Nile Bullock, Guy Lockard, Marc Thompson, Kaian Lilien, Dan Bittner, Ron Butler, Kim Mai Guest, Miles Harvey, January LaVoy, Robin Miles, Rebecca Soler, and Phoebe Strole (DB 115050)
SIMON SORT OF SAYS by Erin Bow and narrated by Will Collyer (DB 113782)
WHAT HAPPENED TO RACHEL RILEY by Claire Swinarski and narrated by Ferdelle Capistrano, Alexandra Hunter, Karla Serrato, Gail Shalan, Reena Dutt, Caitlin Davies, Andrew Eiden, and Kirby Heyborne (DB 112718)

Multi-Voiced Performance

NO TWO PERSONS by Erica Bauermeister and narrated by Barrie Kreinik, Braden Wright, Carol Jacobanis, Cassandra Campbell, Gabra Zackman, George Newbern, Jesse Vilinsky, Max Meyers, Rachel L. Jacobs, and Stephen Graybill (DB 114586 IN PROCESS)
SING HER DOWN by Ivy Pochoda and narrated by Frankie Corzo, Kimberly M. Wetherell, Sophie Amoss, and Victoria Villarreal (DB 114455)

Mystery

THE GOLDEN GATE by Amy Chua and narrated by Robb Moreira, Suzanne Toren, and Tim Campbell (DB 116781)
LINE IN THE SAND by Kevin Powers and narrated by Christine Lakin (DB 115402)
MURDER YOUR EMPLOYER by Rupert Holmes and narrated by Neil Patrick Harris and Simon Vance (DB 115376)
VERA WONG’S UNSOLICITED ADVICE FOR MURDERERS by Jesse Q. Sutanto and narrated by Eunice Wong (DB 113039)
WORLD OF CURIOSITIES by Louise Penny and narrated by Robert Bathurst (DB 111297)

Narration by Author

COVENANT OF WATER by Abraham Verghese and narrated by the author (DB 114896)
IT. GOES. SO. FAST: THE YEAR OF NO DO-OVERS by Mary Louise Kelly and narrated by the author (DB 115155)

Nonfiction

FIRE WEATHER: A TRUE STORY FROM A HOTTER WORLD by John Vaillant and narrated by Alan Carlson (DB 116220)
POVERTY, BY AMERICA by Matthew Desmond and narrated by Dion Graham (DB 113856)
PUNISHED FOR DREAMING: HOW SCHOOL REFORM HARMS BLACK CHILDREN AND HOW WE HEAL by Bettina L. Love and narrated by the author with Karen Chilton (DB 116415)

Romance

10 THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPENED by Alexis Hall and narrated by Will M. Watt (DB 118479 IN PROCESS)
TRUE LOVE EXPERIMENT by Christina Lauren and narrated by Jonathan Cole and Cindy Kay (DB 115235)

Science Fiction

DUAL MEMORY by Sue Burke and narrated by André Santana (DB 116833)
DEEP SKY by Yume Kitasei and narrated by Sarah Skaer (DB 115190)
WORLD WE MAKE by N. K. Jemisin and narrated by Robin Miles (DB 113527)
CASSANDRA IN REVERSE by Holly Smale and narrated by Kristin Atherton (DB 115359)

Thriller/Suspense

BAD CREE by Jessica Johns and narrated by Tanis Parenteau (DB 112059)

Young Adult

BEHOLDER by Ryan La Sala and narrated by Vikas Adam (DB 117571)
STOLEN HEIR by Holly Black and narrated by Saskia Maarleveld (DB 112168)
THIS WINTER by Alice Oseman and narrated by Jenny Walser, Joe Jameson, and Aaron Barashi (DB 118753 IN PROCESS)

Young Listener

SKULL by Jon Klassen and narrated by Fairuza Balk and Jon Klassen (DB 116902)
I LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW by Leslie Jr. Odom and Nicolette Robinson and narrated by the authors (DB 114139)

BARD Mobile iOS Version 2.2.2 Release!

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is releasing BARD Mobile iOS version 2.2.2 this week, introducing enhanced features and improvements.

BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their iOS devices. Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running iOS versions 14 through 17 to use this updated version of the app.

Among the highlights:

Siri shortcuts (voice user interface):

The app can now be operated by voice commands for playback and navigation, including stopping and resuming playback, fast-forward and rewind by various intervals, and setting a sleep timer or a bookmark. Users can add Siri shortcuts in the app’s settings.

International language search:

Set up to four languages in the app’s settings and then filter search results by selecting a preferred language.

Accessibility improvements for visually impaired users:

We have boosted color contrast between selected and unselected search categories. This update enhances visibility with Smart Invert, Classic Invert, and Dark Mode on.

Multiword search for Search/Search music

Bug fixes, including:

  • Garbled credentials error fixed
  • Switch from tone to speed is fixed on iOS 17
  • Get Books and Bookshelf now return only titles matching the type selected in the Show Me setting, i.e. Audio Only / Braille Only / Both Audio and Braille

The app supports iOS versions 14 through 17.

This is a phased release, and the version will be available to all users by February 29.

Texas Talking Book Program Author Talk: Rubén Degollado

Join the Talking Book Program for an author talk on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) with award winning author Rubén Degollado.

Reader’s Advisory Librarian Laura Jean will talk with him about his career as an educator and author as well as his book, THE FAMILY IZQUIERDO: A NOVEL (DBC 28906).  A Q&A chat will follow.

Promo image of stage with red curtain and old fashioned chrome microphone with TBP and TSLAC logos and text mirroring post body with author name, date, etc.

Our Author Talks meet via Zoom; however, all you need to participate is a telephone! If you have a land line, you will use the telephone number. If you have a smart phone, you will use the “one-tap” number to join the discussion. We will also email a Zoom link invitation to those who prefer to use a computer. This information will be sent to all patrons who RSVP a week prior to the author talk.

We would also like to offer you the opportunity to ask Rubén Degollado questions about his book. Please submit questions by April 16. We will choose questions based on the responses to this form and they may be asked during the event!

Submit your questions at: https://forms.gle/Xagif6CpPgKgvuNj8

To RSVP, please reply to this email, or call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD. Also, please let us know if you would like a reminder via email or phone-call (or both).

FAMILY IZQUIERDO: A NOVEL (DBC 28906) by Rubén Degollado

NLS Annotation: “A masterful debut that weaves together the lives of three generations of a Mexican American family bound by love, and a curse. The tight-knit Izquierdo family is grappling with misfortunes none of them can explain. Their beloved patriarch has suffered from an emotional collapse and is dying; eldest son Gonzalo’s marriage is falling apart; daughter Dina, beleaguered by the fear that her nightmares are real, is a shut-in. When Gonzalo digs up a strange object in the backyard of the family home, the Izquierdos take it as proof that a jealous neighbor has cursed them-could this be the reason for all their troubles? As the Izquierdos face a distressing present and an uncertain future, they are sustained by the blood that binds them, a divine presence, and an abiding love for one another. Told in a series of soulful voices brimming with warmth and humor, The Family Izquierdo is a tender narrative of a family at a turning point”– Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. Unrated. 2022.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, April 23!

NLS Patron Corner Program

The next topic of the NLS Patron Corner will be “Your Patron Engagement Section: How We Can Provide the Service You Want.”

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Patron Corner program on Monday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. (Central).

This will be your opportunity to let NLS know what you’d like to see in the future. This meeting will be recorded.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for ninety minutes. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/bdevajya.