Mitzi Friedlander, a Talking Book narrator at the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), is retiring.
During her extraordinary career, which spans over a half century, she has recorded more books than any other Talking Book narrator in the nation.
Book program, administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress
, provides recorded literature to 500,000 blind, visually impaired, and physically impaired Americans. http://www.loc.gov/nls/ The National Library Service (NLS) contracts with American Printing House
for the Blind to prepare these "Talking Books."
fans, locally and nationally, will celebrate her
accomplishments at a retirement ceremony that will take place February 5, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at APH
The program, which starts at 6:00 p.m., will feature awards and resolutions from local, state, and national groups along with audio and video greetings from her
Barbara Henning, Louisville violinist and singer, who is blind and enjoys the Talking Books that Mitzi narrates, will perform a piece in Mitzi's honor.
A well-known figure in Louisville's theatrical world, Mitzi earned the first Master's Degree in Theater Arts given by the University of Louisville.
has performed with Actor's Theatre of Louisville, the Louisville Ballet, the Kentucky Opera Association, and the Louisville Children's Theatre
She has also taught Theatre Arts at the University of Louisville and at Indiana University Southeast.
The versatile actress, who has recorded over 2,000 titles during her
50+ years at APH
, has lent her
voice to nonfiction pieces, works of fiction, scientific publications, and children's literature.
Through her work as a narrator in the APH studio, Mitzi became the first recipient of the Didymus Award for narration of 1,000 Talking Books for the Library of Congress.
is familiar to over half a million people in the listening audience as the voice of such classics as Gone With the Wind, Charlotte's Web and several of Sue Grafton's "alphabet" series of detective novels.
In 1993 this nationwide audience selected her
as one of their favorite Talking Book voices, honoring her
with the Alexander Scourby Award for excellence in the narration of nonfiction titles.
To hear a sample of Mitzi Friedlander's
work, visit www.aph.org/museum/Narrator-Jukebox/Mitzi-Friedlander.html or download www.aph.org/museum/Narrator-Jukebox/Mitzi-Friedlander.mp3
is one of about 30 narrators who work there. www.aph.org/studio/studionarr.html