Elliot Tiber's PALM TREES ON THE HUDSON is an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award FINALIST for Best Audiobook (Nonfiction category)
Garden City Park, NY: Square One's new audiobook version of Elliot Tiber's Palm Trees on the Hudson (an ACX.com production brought to wonderful life by veteran actor/narrator Edwin Wald) is now a finalist in the 2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards for Best Audiobook - Nonfiction. (Winners will be announced at an upcoming date.)
The timing for an audiobook with the subtitle of "A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland, and Interior Decorating" could not be better, if Hollywood is used as the barometer. During this most recent awards season, actress Renee Zellweger's end-of-life portrayal of late showbiz legend Judy Garland in the new biopic Judy nabbed her both Golden Globe and Oscar wins in the "Best Actress" category.
While she only appears briefly, but effectively, in chapter seven of Tiber's book ("Somewhere Over the Hudson"), Garland's beloved yet melancholy presence can be felt throughout all of Tiber's seriocomic memoir. In fact, Tiber's reminiscences of seeing Judy's legendary 1961 performance at Carnegie Hall (from Chapter Five, smirkily titled "Momma and Homos and Shrinks, Oh My!") caught the attention of Harry Haun, who wrote about it in his longtime popular Playbill column back in 2011.
When it comes to portrayals of Ms. Garland, however, one should really listen to how she is brought to life in this audio book by Mr. Wald.
If you would like to get a listen to Edwin Wald's wonderful performance of this "prequel" memoir—the first of the "Tiber Trilogy" that tells the story of the late Tiber that is continued into the bestseller Taking Woodstock (co-written by Tom Monte, and also available in audio from Recorded Books - to hear a sample, click here) and its sequel After Woodstock, which features a Foreword by two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee—you can do so by checking it out at Audible, Amazon, and/or iTunes. (To be taken to Audible, feel free to click here.)
To learn more about Elliot Tiber (who passed away at age 81 back in August 2016), feel free to read his obituaries in both The New York Times and The Miami Herald.