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Annie records the audiobooks for her "L is for Lion" and "Schistsong" -- so all can listen to her raw Bronx roar!
Annie records the audiobooks for her "L is for Lion" and "Schistsong" -- so all can listen to her raw Bronx roar!
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I invite you to help make my audiobooks. Join this phenomenal group of backers with a dollar and you'll be linked to my process, videos, and back story.  For a buck you have a Backstage Pass on my process.

AUDIOBOOK FUNDERS TO DATE:

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS / SERAPHIM: THE ONES BURNING WITH ARDOR

  • Audrey Kindred,
  • Ron Raider,
  • Suzy Wahman,

PRODUCERS / CHERUBIM: THE KNOWING ONES, THE GUARDIANS OF LIGHT AND STARS:

  • Rick Trizano,
  • Jude Rubin,
  • Jim Head & Ann Côté,
  • Ellyne Skove,

ORGANIZATIONAL SPONSORS

  • Rosette & Sophia Capotorto & Larry Weiss & Full House Printing
  • Steve Zeitlin & City Lore
  • Donnie Jochum & Greg Newton & BGSQD

OPHANIM: THE GLOWING ONES

  • Tina Bellino,
  • Mary Ciuffitelli,
  • Joe Corcoran and Karen Cellini,
  • Jonathan Deutsch,
  • Ellen Garvey & Joyce Ravitz,
  • Ricardo Hinkle,
  • Rose Imperato + Artie Rothschild,
  • Sue King
  • Stephanie LaFarge,
  • Ralph Lewis,
  • Alina Lundry,
  • Kathie MacKenzie
  • Ira McCrudden
  • Al Tacconelli,
  • Marian Urquilla,
  • Bob Viscusi,
  • Lucia and John Mudd,
  • Yael Raviv,
  • Genevieve Rivera,

ARCHANGELS: THE HIGH RANKING ANGELS

  • Arthur Aviles,
  • Dinah Alice Berkeley,
  • Gabriella Belfiglio and Marg Suarez
  • Erica Cardwell
  • Nancy Carnevale
  • Charlie Dehn,
  • Margie Duffield
  • Mikki del Monico,
  • Gina DiRenzi,
  • Margie Duffield,
  • Lisa Dring,
  • Lynne Elizabeth,
  • Dominick Gatto,
  • Neil Goldberg,
  • Lori Goldston,
  • Eddie Gormley,
  • Bobby Guarino
  • Joanna Clapps Herman,
  • Maureen Hossbacher,
  • Laura McKeon,
  • Valerie Reyes-Jimenez,
  • Sandy Katz,
  • Carol & Bob Kavanagh,
  • Kate Kennedy,
  • Emily Kunkel
  • LuLu LoLo
  • Will MacAdams,
  • Joseph MacElroy
  • Margaret Mittelbach,
  • Stephanie Nilva,
  • Kathy Zamboni McCormick,
  • Lisa Paolucci,
  • Marty Pottenger,
  • Stanislao Pugliese,
  • John Michael Regan,
  • Joseph Ricapito,
  • Kerry Scheidt,
  • Shayan Shojaee
  • Nick Slie,
  • Joan Spota,
  • Clare Ultimo, and Bobby
  • Suzanne Wasserman.
  • Kay Whelan,

ANGELS

  • Rachel Ida Buff,
  • Susan Dick-McKeon,
  • Maria Fama,
  • Andrea Reese & FotoEvidence,
  • Bob Goldberg,
  • Eric Hartmann & Jody Ryan,
  • Dianna Maeurer,
  • Melissa Sutaris,
  • Robin and John

THE MISSION: This fundraiser is to cover recording costs for the audiobooks of "L is for Lion" (SUNY Press 2013) and "Schistsong" (Bordighera Press 2013). I will be the narrator.

HERE'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT:

  • 1. To give access to those for whom reading a book is impossible or arduous. Audiobooks open access to many.
  • 2. To record the Bronx accent. For those who will otherwise never get the opportunity to hear one.
  • 3. To give readers the experience of listening to an author's voice - with the click of a button, worldwide, now and for generations to come - while they read the book.

WHY NOW? To record now while I still have voice. I have one paralyzed vocal chord due to multiple neck trauma: Radiation fibrosis from treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1981, then Surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid in 1997, then the treatment of swallowing of radioactive iodine in 1997. My neck has been through a lot. Still the Bronx accent and resonant tones prevail. Recording the audiobooks is the thing I must do next in life. Now is the time.

THE PLAN: Over the course of two months, I plan to rent 30 hours of professional recording studio time and work with an audio engineer to get a high quality sound of my voice reading the books at a calm pace. "L is for Lion" is 331 pages including a glossary of Bronx lingo. "Schistsong" is 113 pages and includes 6 original songs. That's a good hunk of recording. I've composed an instrumental track for in between book sections.

THE BUDGET: recording studio rental + audio engineer + musicians for instrumental book leitmotif + two external hard drives

THE DEADLINE: This Kickstarter funding drive ends 12 midnight on 12/12 -- Frank Sinatra's birthday and Our Lady of Guadalupe day, always auspicious in our family!

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If you prefer to donate by check:

  • write your check out to: City Lore,
  • and mail to: Annie Lanzillotto, 1 Winchester Avenue, Apt 1A, Yonkers, New York 10710 
  • Donations are tax deductible under the full extent of the law.

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annie in wikipedia

"ANYTHING YOU VIVIDLY IMAGINE, ARDENTLY DESIRE, SINCERELY BELIEVE, AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY ACT UPON, MUST, ABSOLUTELY MUST, COME TO PASS."

I read this in the kitchen, on a sign over the chefs, of "Ye Olde College Inn" in New Orleans.

Risks and challenges

I'm planning the recording sessions over eight weeks since my vocal endurance is challenged. I have one paralyzed vocal chord. This is the result of the radiation treatments for Hodgkin's Disease (1981), and the Thyroid Cancer surgery (1997) and the swallowing of Radioactive Iodine treatment (1997). So, I'll read for 60 minute sessions, and take a few days vocal rest before the next recording session.

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    SERAPHIM: THE ONES BURNING WITH ARDOR --- you get a producer's credit on the audiobooks AND you can visit the recording studio where I'll read just to you AND we will go out for dinner in the Bronx PLUS all of the above

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