The Many Voices of Julia Whelan
Book talks with authors can cover a lot of ground: inspiration, discipline, research, and above all craft. Writers can tell their audiences how they construct sentences and weave together plots, how they decide to knit clauses together with a semicolon and when they deploy dashes to leave their audiences breathless—or otherwise emotional. But an upcoming talk with actress and audiobook narrator Julia Whelan from new language-focused museum Planet Word promises some different takes on literature. Listeners may recognize Whelan’s voice from the audiobooks for hits like Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl, Tara Westover‘s Educated, Ottessa Moshfegh‘s My Year of Rest and Relaxation, or Linda Holmes‘ Evvie Drake Starts Over—or, if you’re less into fiction, longreads from journalistic outlets like The New Yorker and The Atlantic via Audm. As the voice behind other authors’ works, Whelan is bringing to life words on a page she didn’t write, requiring a whole different skillset and artistic frame of mind. But she’ll still have something to share about craft. She’s also an author; her novel My Oxford Year came out in 2018. (Yes, she did the audiobook.) The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 13. Registration is available at planetword.org. Free.