Going Public…in Shorts – 6/11

Cassandra Campbell joins us today, offering The Stone of Invisibility, a tale from The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio. Cassandra also joins Jen at Devourer of Books todayso be sure to check it out!

 

Listening & Downloading 
The Stone of Invisibility is offered in full for online listening through June 17th. You can also purchase a download of this story via Downpour, with proceeds going to Reach Out and Read.

The Stone of Invisibility

Boccaccio’s Decameron was compiled in the aftermath of the Black plague of 1348, which decimated the city of Florence. The book consists of ten days of storytelling comprising a hundred novelle or short stories that range in subject matter from the romantic to the bawdy: there are cuckolds, lascivious friars, greddy merchants, foolish painters and lusty abbesses and sometimes noble passion. Told by ten young Florentines who escape the city and organize themselves in a villa in the Tuscan countryside, each day a theme is chosen for the stories.  Boccaccio’s book was dedicated to the women of Florence and the novelle influenced writers from Chaucer to Shakespeare.

Based on a real painter, Nozzo di Perino, Calandrino is a simpleton who believes in folk magic that makes him the target of Bruno and Buffalmacco’s jokes. Calandrino collects heliotrope along the banks of the Mugnone which, he thinks will render him invisible, but all he gets is a stoning by his friends on the way home.  The friends execute the trick so well, no one acknowledges Calandrino all through town. When he gets home, his wife scolds him for being late for dinner.  Calandrino becomes enraged that his wife has destroyed the magic of the stone and curses women.  He friends show him the folly of his ways.

 

 

Cassandra picCassandra Campbell is a graduate of UCLA’s Theatre Arts Department She is a veteran audiobook producer with dozens of titles to her credit, including two Grammy nominations for Spoken Word, directing Eric Idle in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Harper Audio and producing Through the Looking Glass for Blackstone Audio, read by Harlan Ellison, along with multiple Audie Awards. Her company, Skyboat Media in Los Angeles, with Stefan Rudnicki, won the 2013 Grammy for Society’s Child by Janis Ian. Her book narration credits include the voice of Valentine in the ENDER’S GAME series by Orson Scott Card, The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula LeGuin and Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch. Gabrielle’s other audiobook producer credits include the unabridged recording of Bill Clinton’s My Life, the entire Old Testament (twice) and The Help for Penguin Audio. Her short film about audiobooks, The Delivery, won first prize at DragonCon Film Festival 2008. She is a stage actress, director and playwright in the Los Angeles area; she has won the Backstage West Award for her production of Death Takes a Holiday, at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Pasadena, which she translated and adapted from the Italian. She is a wordsmith and is fluent in the Romance Languages, having spent her childhood in Rome growing up with her wildly artistic and cinematic father, John de Cuir, four-time Academy Award winning Production Designer. She presently lives in Studio City, California.

 

Today’s Blog Host: Devourer of Books

Jen - Devourer of Books headshotDevourer of Books has been bringing the internet bookish (and audiobookish) goodness since Jen founded it in 2008. Jen is a reader, blogger, freelance writer, and literary agent behind the blog. For more audiobook fun, check out Audiobook Week at Devourer of Books June 17-21.

 

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