Braille Book Review

July-August 2004

In Brief

Student Aid Audio Guide available

The U.S. Department of Education makes available an updated recording on compact disk that provides information for blind and visually impaired students about federal student aid for education beyond high school. The guide covers federal grants, loans, and work-study, as well as non- federal sources of aid.

Students can request one or more copies of the Audio Guide at no cost by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll free at 1-800-433-3243. Students can also listen to the Audio Guide on the web at


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

New magazines launched. Arc and Bark and Blindcites are new quarterly publications available by subscription in large- print and standard audiocassette formats. Arc and Bark is for guide-dog users, and Blindcites publishes high-quality fiction and poetry by blind writers. Each magazine is $25 per year, and both publications seek contributions. To submit or subscribe, contact: Dennis Holter, 1000 Kiely Blvd. #25, Santa Clara, CA 95051; or e-mail

The following item is reprinted from Talking Book Topics, July-August 2004.

The 2004 Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Awards

For more than seventeen years, the Scourby Awards have honored excellence in the narration of talking books and celebrated the importance of reading in so many lives. The 2004 Scourby Awards will take place on Thursday, October 14, and will be a web-based event. Readers will be able to vote and to view the ceremony via the web at

From August 16 to September 15, individuals may vote for their favorite nominee in each of the award categories: fiction, nonfiction, and this year's special recognition category, multilingual nonfictionádefined as a nonfiction work primarily in English, but with a significant number of foreign-language words, names, or phrases.

For more information visit or contact Carrie Fernandez at (212) 502-7674 or

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