Gillian signed on for audiobook version of Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
Posted at 2:13 PM (PDT) on Thursday, July 17, 2008

LOS ANGELES, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday this week, Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) announced plans to produce an audiobook version of Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales, an award-winning book of legendary tales hand-picked by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

An array of celebrated, award-winning performers are donating their talents to the charitable endeavor; those already signed on to voice stories include Gillian Anderson (Emmy/Golden Globe winner; X Files), America Ferrera (Emmy/Golden Globe winner; Ugly Betty), Whoopi Goldberg (Oscar/Tony/Emmy/GRAMMY® winner), Samuel L. Jackson (Cannes/BAFTA/Independent Spirit winner and Oscar nominee; Pulp Fiction), Alan Rickman (Emmy/Golden Globe winner, Rasputin; Harry Potter film series) and Jurnee Smollett (Critics Choice/ NAACP Image Award winner; The Great Debaters). Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will record a special message to the world's children that will be featured on the audiobook.