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Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales to be Produced as Audiobook Featuring Archbishop Tutu, Gillian Anderson, America Ferrera, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Rickman and Jurnee Smollett, Directed by Alfre Woodard
Date:7/17/2008

ARTISTS FOR A NEW SOUTH AFRICA TO PRODUCE, HACHETTE AUDIO TO PUBLISH AND

DISTRIBUTE IN '09 TO BENEFIT PROGRAMS SERVING AFRICAN AIDS ORPHANS

LOS ANGELES, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday this week, Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) announced plans to produce an audiobook version of Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales, an award-winning book of legendary tales hand-picked by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. An array of celebrated, award-winning performers are donating their talents to the charitable endeavor; those already signed on to voice stories include Gillian Anderson (Emmy/Golden Globe winner; X Files), America Ferrera (Emmy/Golden Globe winner; Ugly Betty), Whoopi Goldberg (Oscar/Tony/Emmy/GRAMMY(R) winner), Samuel L. Jackson (Cannes/BAFTA/Independent Spirit winner and Oscar nominee; Pulp Fiction), Alan Rickman (Emmy/Golden Globe winner, Rasputin; Harry Potter film series) and Jurnee Smollett (Critics Choice/ NAACP Image Award winner; The Great Debaters). Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will record a special message to the world's children that will be featured on the audiobook.

Emmy/Golden Globe winner/Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard, who co-founded ANSA in 1989, will serve as Creative Director of the audiobook. She said, "I was privileged to be with Nelson Mandela recently in London, where he challenged us, saying, '... our work is far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness, including AIDS, where human beings are oppressed, there is more work to be done ... after nearly 90 years of life, it is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.' With this audiobook, ANSA pays tribute to our friend and our hero, Nelson Mandela, on his 90th birthday. It will take the hands of all mankind to lift that burden and carry on the work. We hope you will join in and support this effort."

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