Guidance on how to pronounce those tricky author names, for authors whose last name begins with "a"!

Author Pronunciations

32 last names beginning with "a"

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al-bum (as in record album)
pole
Ees-abel Ay-enday (or ä-YEN-d?)
OW(-uh)l
AB-ag-nail
ni-CO-lo ama-NEE-tee
The pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, pronounced CHAHAR-kesh-veely
ar-der
AH-boo JAH-ber
leave ar-nesen
All-bright
tuh-MEEM un-saw-REE
Aboul-Ela
or-ster
AL-da. Most pronounce the first syllable to rhyme with ball, but considering Alda's father created the name from the first two letters of his first and last name (Alphonso D'Abruzzo), arguably the first syllable should be as in the Al in Alphonso.
Chim-muh-MAHN-duh en-GOH-zee ah-DEECH-ee-(ay) The “ay” is soft, not quite a diphthong.
AIM-as
a-NEE-tah ah-mir-rez-wani
sher-mn a-lexie
To quote the author, his name is pronounced "just like the nut"
Rah-be-a Ahl-ah-meh-dean
Gil is short for Gillian, thus pronounced Jill
u-em ak-pan
Halse rhymes with waltz
ah-vee
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