Award News! LOKI RAGNAROK Nominated for 2019 Audie Award

February 4, 2019. New York
LOKI RAGNAROK, written and narrated by Mark Binder has been nominated for a 2019 Audie Award for Original Work! The audiobook was published by Light Publications, and is available on Audible, GooglePlayAudioBooks, Scribd, and many other platforms.

Considered the audiobook Oscars, the Audie Award ceremony is presented by the Audio Publishers Association, and will be held on March 4, in New York City.

They broke into his home. They kidnapped his children. Left his wife bound and gagged on the floor, where she choked and died. He had once helped them, been their friend and blood brother.

A well-told tale of the Norse gods… told not from the point of view of the heroic Thor or Odin, but through the eyes of Loki, the trickster… As Binder says in his introduction, this is not for children. But the stories are well-told, both in their writing — Binder adapted them from the Norse poetic and prose sagas called the Edda — and in their performance. Binder’s voice swoops and soars, now angry, now gleeful and now mocking, as Loki tells these stories of the gods run amok.

—Providence Journal

Originally conceived as a spoken-word performance, LOKI RAGNAROK is a darkly humorous revision of Norse mythology. This is not a child-friendly Marvel Universe story.

The story of Loki echoes the cycles of violence and revenge playing out across our world. Told with a blend of poetry and prose, humor and horror, it offers no solution — but a glimmer, perhaps of understanding and compassion.

Mark Binder is the author of 16 books and audio books for adults, families and children. At Columbia University, he studied mythology with T.E. Gaster and David Damrosch, and storytelling with Spalding Gray. He tours the world as a performance storyteller, sharing traditional and original tales with listeners of all ages.

Life in Chelm (live at Limmud)

“The Challah that Ate Chelm” is one of my oldest and most favorite stories…

Life in Chelm - (Live at Limmud) - audio book coverFriday is #challahday — and I’ve been baking for years. But when I started, it was a disaster. “The Challah that Ate Chelm” is a story that grew from an early baking disaster.

Last Sunday, I had the honor of being part of the Jewish Storytelling Coalition’s performance at Limmud Boston. We recorded the live show, and this is an energetic (and brief) version of the tale.

It’s up on many audio services — links below with more coming.

In the mean time, if you’re in Rhode Island, come by my studio/ office/ bookshop during the Farmer’s Market at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. I’m on the second floor in suite 1212.

Or support the work by purchasing some of my books and audio, like A Hanukkah Present* There are twelve stories, enough for every night of Chanukah and then some. It’s also on Amazon, iBooks, and Google Play Books, or you can the whole “Life in Chelm ebundle

And finally, if you’d like to become a patron — and get early notification and exclusive stories — and support the arts, become a patron!

Happy Holidays!
—Mark Binder


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