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Author: Romulus Linney Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2002 ISBN: 9781580814706
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Based on Ernest J. Gaines’ National Book Critics Circle Award–winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940’s. 


Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his home town after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson’s. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one’s own fate.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Rick Foucheux as Paul Bonin; Keith Glover as Grant Wiggins; Jamahl Marsh as Jefferson; Linda Powell as Vivian Baptiste; Jefferson A. Russell as Reverend Moses Ambrose; Jerry Whiddon as Sam Guidry; Beatrice Winde as Emma Glenn; Directed by Nick Olcott. Recorded at Voice of America in Washington DC.

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About the Narrator

Calvin Trillin has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of thirty books. His nonfiction includes Jackson, 1964; About Alice; and Remembering Denny. His humor writing includes books of political verse, comic novels, books on eating, and children’s poetry. In 2012, he was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame.