Actor, David Novak, presents story-telling program at Lanier Library

Published 5:06 pm Friday, November 2, 2012

David Novak (photo submitted)

Actor David Novak will present a story-telling program at the Lanier Library on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.  The program is free and everyone is welcome.

Following on on his successful children’s program at the Lanier Library in July, David Novak, described as “a master of literary collage”, is returning to do another program, this time for adults.

He performs at festivals, schools, and theatrical events throughout the United States, including the Cincinnati Playhouse, Woodstock Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Institute, Los Angeles Music Center, and the Northern Appalachian and Sierra Storytelling Festivals.

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He is a co-founder of the National Yakkers Theatre Ensemble and creator of The Storyteller’s Compass, which he describes as a new method of “narrative wayfinding.” In 2002 he received the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Novak provides animated programs on universal themes and was described in “Smithsonian Magazine” as: “A gifted storyteller  who enhances his stories with a bag of tricks.  His fluid voice can become a dozen different characters.” At the Houston Storytelling Festival he was given the following description:  “In him, the Brothers Grimm and Carl Jung meet Monty Python.”

Novak’s performance at the Lanier Library is provided by the Kirby Fund and the Polk County Foundation. His books and recordings are available on his website at

– article submitted by Frances Flynn