Red at the Bone Meet the Cast
Meet the Cast: Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel Red at the Bone is an intergenerational exploration of familial bonds, as told from multiple perspectives and beautifully brought to life in the full-cast audiobook production that includes the author herself.

Listen to clips of each character and learn more about their narrators, below!

Five talented narrators, including the author, differentiate shifting time periods and three generations of an African–American family. Bahni Turpin aids listeners in understanding the feelings of 16-year-old Melody…Shayna Small fills in Iris’s complexities…In contrast, Peter Francis James and Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s rich voices evoke the age, devotion, authority, and histories of Melody’s beloved grandparents. Author Jacqueline Woodson delivers the third-person narrative, connecting the way the protagonists impact each other. Her spare but emotive text leaves lots of room for all these powerful interpretations.AudioFile Earphones Award Winner


Bahni Turpin is a Los Angeles–based audiobook narrator and actress with many television and film credits. Bahni is a two-time Odyssey Award winner and a two-time recipient of the Audie Award for Best Solo Female Narration. She was named an Audible Narrator of the Year in 2016, and The American Library Association’s Voice of Choice for 2017, and in 2018 she was inducted into the Audible Hall of Fame.


Jacqueline Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including the 2016 New York Times–bestselling National Book Award finalist for adult fiction, Another Brooklyn. Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist, a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time NAACP Image Award Winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her New York Times–bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, received the National Book Award in 2014.


Peter Francis James is an American actor and voice-over artist, distinguished by his strong baritone. He’s had major roles in The Rosa Parks Story, Law & Order: SVU, and Oz. He currently teaches drama at Yale University.


Quincy Tyler Bernstine is known for her performances both on stage and on screen. In addition to her work in film, she has appeared in such television shows as Power and The Code. Her work in theater has earned her praise and accolades, including the Obie Award and the Lucille Lortel Award, along with numerous nominations. In 2019, she was profiled in the New York Times by Laura Collins-Hughes, under the headline “The Part Seems Impossible? Hire Her.”


Shayna Small is a classically trained actor, singer, and educator. She received her B.F.A from The Juilliard School and has worked across a variety of mediums including theater, film and TV, voiceovers, and music.


Learn more about Red at the Bone:

An extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.

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