Publisher AudioGO hosted its annual Librarian’s Day event on September 28. The company’s Amy Ciesielski told LJ that “public and school librarians from New Jersey to Massachusetts made the trek to our Rhode Island headquarters to meet Sen. Jack Reed, authors James R. Benn and Janet Taylor Lisle, and narrators Susan Boyce and Meredith Mitchell.” Senator Reed, Ciesielski said, pledged his continued support to libraries, citing their ever-increasing importance in connecting patrons to the latest technologies. Lisle reminisced about her favorite novels from childhood—and their effect on her writing—and read from her book, The Lost Flower Children. Benn provided insight into the extensive research he conducts for his Billy Boyle World War II mystery series, for example, visiting the Vatican for the recent Death’s Door. Other highlights of the event included narrator Susan Boyce recording Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s upcoming Cat Bearing Gifts and Meredith Mitchell narrating Polly Campbell’s Imperfect Spirituality. Several librarians and Benn entered the recording booth themselves, each laying down a page of George Harrar’s upcoming title Reunion at Red Paint.
Oasis Audio announced on October 22 the promotion of Steve Smith to publisher, following the departure of Tammy Faxel. Smith, a publishing veteran with more than 25 years’ experience, had served as the vice president of sales and marketing since August 2010. In addition to editorial and marketing positions, Smith has authored eight juvenile fiction titles and contributed to several short story anthologies and art books. Faxel vacated the publisher’s office after a five-year tenure for a new post in business development at Brilliance Audio. “While the Oasis team is sad to see Tammy go,” Smith said, “we are excited for her as she enters into this new chapter in her life. Because of the dedication and expertise of our entire staff, we anticipate a seamless transition, with no disruption to our customers,” Smith added.