Historic DeKalb Courthouse
This dynamic session features members of ATL Narrators, the Atlanta-based professional audiobook narrators group, plying their craft in an intimate setting for festival attendees. Enjoy live readings from featured DBF fiction and nonfiction titles, guidance on how to satisfy your audiobook cravings, and the benefits of the audiobook listening experience. This session will satisfy audiobook fans, as well as first time listeners.
Janina Edwards has narrated more than 50 audio books professionally and is a member of the Audio Publishers Association and ATL Narrators. Originally from Chicago, she is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Acting Program. She has recorded projects for nationally recognized publishers Listen Up Audiobooks, Simon & Schuster, Brilliance Audio, Deyan Audio, Hachette Audio and Beacon Press Audio. Her narration of the young adult title Voice of Freedom was an Audie Finalist in 2017. Upcoming audio projects include her original writing in Blunder Woman Audio’s Nevertheless We Persisted.
Ann Marie Gideon is an Atlanta-based actor and voice artist. She received a BFA from the University of Memphis, studied at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and has performed at theaters across the country. Gideon has been narrating audiobooks since 2013 and specializes in adult and YA fiction. When she's not juggling the many hats of an artistic lifestyle, Gideon enjoys being outside with her husband, son, and sweet chocolate lab.
Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator and former actor. She lives in Decatur, Ga., with her husband and their two children.
Janet Metzger brings her considerable acting experience to the depiction of setting and illumination of character. Her keen musical ear and attention to detail enable her to depict a wide array of accents, especially the many dialects of the Southeastern U.S. An award-winning documentary narrator, Metzger brings both warmth and authority to nonfiction as well. This year she has narrated YA history, Buddhist economics, literary fiction, and romance. In 2016, Metzger received the AudioFile Earphones Award for As Close To Us As Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Audio Publishers Association.
Courtney Patterson is an Atlanta native who has been working as an actor on stage, screen and behind the microphone for close to two decades. Her varied acting career contributes to her dexterity of character and portrayal of setting in her audiobook storytelling. She has narrated close to 70 titles ranging from nonfiction to romance to thrillers. Most recently she was the voice of Margaret Maron’s Take Out and James Patterson’s Bookshots of Christopher Charles’s Night Sniper.
A native of Benton, Ky., Jacob York is known as an actor, narrator, and playwright. You might recognize his voice from, among others, Grief Cottage by National Book Award Nominee Gail Godwin and Certain Dark Things by MJ Pack, for which he received an Audie Award Nomination for his narration. When not in the studio, York can be seen on television (Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell on Adult Swim and Turn: Washington's Spies on AMC), on film (What's the Matter with Gerald? and Paternity), or on his couch, pretending he's writing while really spending too much time on Facebook.