Kathy Bratkowski is a St. Louis-based writer and producer. She’s worked as a broadcast news producer at a network owned and operated station, a project manager/producer at a large creative agency and now as a documentary and series producer at a regional cable television station and adjunct college professor. She has seven regional Emmy awards on her bookshelf. She tells video stories for a living and writes fiction for free (so far). She has an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She is a book nerd and her blog features news about books, writers, literary events and whatever else seems interesting on a given day.
Question: What do an 80-year-old Korean grandmother, a hunky Australian and an 18-year-old girl-turned-demon
have in common?
Answer: Donna Postel.
Donna Postel gets paid to bring an author’s cast of characters to life.
She spends her workdays in the basement audio studio of her Kirkwood home, creating an entire world as imagined by an author. She easily slips in and out of dialect and character. She’s brought books to life by authors such as Wendy Hornsby, Joyce Carol Oates and Dashiell Hammett.
St. Louisans will recognize Donna’s voice. She’s been a voice actress for over 20 years. She’s been with you on rides to the top of the Arch, she’s told you where to find the best bargains on countless commercials and she’s been the voice of a St. Louis grocery chain.
She began performing audio books in 2011 by auditioning for Audible, the audio book division of Amazon. Authors and publishers alike rave about her exceptional talent.
Here’s an interview with Donna:
Facebook won’t remind you of this birthday milestone, so I will. This week, wish a happy 100th birthday to St. Louis’ famous barenaked lady statue, The Naked Truth.
True to St. Louis form, The Naked Truth was a source of prudish controversy when she was unveiled in Compton Hill Reservoir Park on May 27, 1914.
One great thing about living in a literary city like St. Louis—you can attend a reading, book signing or event nearly every night of the week.
Here are some literary happenings for the next couple of weeks:
May 12 7 p.m. St. Louis County Library Headquarters
Elaine Viets reads and signs her latest work of fiction, Catnapped!
As a lifelong St. Louisan, I’ve had lots of run-ins with our city’s inferiority complex.
That’s why I’m glad to have this blog page on OnStL—a site that celebrates all things St. Louis. Sometimes those things are funny and weird, but that’s part of what makes a place interesting. We may be flyover country, but we know how to laugh at ourselves.
Lots of funny people write for OnStL so you’ll find lots of funny writing and videos on this site. I’m not one of those funny people, so this page won’t be funny (at least not intentionally). But this page will celebrate St. Louis for being a place that has tons of stuff happening for those of us who like books and writing and stories.