Gallaudet University Press

4:7 Tuesday, July 30, 2002

GUPress Book Signings at Deaf Way II

                                  The Press, Authors, and Conferees

If you were not at Deaf Way II, you missed an opportunity to share in a unique exposition of international Deaf culture! Gallaudet University planned and hosted Deaf Way II, a gathering of thousands of people from every corner of the world to celebrate the experiences of deaf people. The week-long conference was held July 8-13, 2002, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center accompanied by an elaborate arts festival at venues around the city. Everyone--deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, late-deafened, deaf-blind, parents, students, community members--participated in the Deaf Way II events, which featured speakers, presenters, plays, performances, exhibits, an International Deaf Club, and more.

At the Deaf Way II, Gallaudet University Press hosted 14 book signings by authors of a selection of its most popular titles that you can view here. The Press made these books and a plethora of others available at the conference, which proved to be an excellent occasion to serve customers on a more personal, face-to-face basis. This one-on-one interaction was a rousing success, as many conferees visited the Press's booth, met with authors, and perused and purchased titles firsthand. Although the Deaf Way II is over, you can still order these select books at the 20% discount.

Surviving in Silence: A Deaf Boy in the Holocaust, one of the most sought after titles at the Deaf Way II conference, is also available at a 20% discount from its regular price. Izrael Zachariah Deutsch, who later changed his name to Harry Imre Dunai, was born in Komjata, Czechoslovakia, in 1934. During World War II, nine-year-old Izrael found himself doubly at risk for being deaf and Jewish. His resolve to survive is apparent in his account of living in the Klauzal Square ghetto of Budapest, where he and other victims had been herded by the Arrow Cross fascists.

Young Izrael explains, “During these months of November and December 1944, Budapest was in a state of lawlessness. Gangs of Arrow Cross officers roamed the streets, shooting anyone or anything in sight. Everyone was cold and starving, including many of the military men. Food, water, and heat were luxury items. A kilo of bread was worth eighty pengφ on the black market. Christian inhabitants sold their goods to the people of the ghetto. My daily breakfast consisted of bitter black coffee. We had no real breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I had to search for food, eating primarily sugar beets and potatoes and, sometimes, animal feed. I even ate old food from the garbage cans and leftovers from the Arrow Cross officers. I constantly reminisced about my earlier days when I had been a picky eater. I vowed to myself that, if I survived, I would eat anything that was offered to me.” Read more about the struggles and triumphs of Harry Imre Dunai in chapter eight, “The Central Ghetto and the Christmas Nightmare,” and order Surviving in Silence now.

CHOICE is the latest publication to praise Sharon Barnartt and Richard Scotch's Disability Protests: Contentious Politics, 1970-1999. “This is an excellent book for graduate students in political science, history, sociology, and disability studies,” writes P.A. Murphy of University of Toledo in the June 2002 issue. In Disability Protests, Scotch and Barnartt, coauthor of Deaf President Now!, examine thirty years of protests, organization, and legislative victories specific to the deaf and disabled populations, revealing significant increases in legislative issues pertaining to these populations. You can read the full review and chapter two, “Collective Consciousness and a Profile of Issues also order your copy today.

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