Books Featuring Visually Impaired Characters

Do you enjoy stories with characters who are blind or visually impaired? Here are some fictional stories about people with visual impairments. Some have been visually impaired all their lives and are used to navigating life with assistive technology and other resources. Others are in the process of losing their sight and are frustrated and anxious but persevere despite their struggles. This short list includes books in various genres; from romances to suspense to science fiction and even includes a Pulitzer Prize Winner.

Title: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
Author: DOERR, ANTHONY, 1973-

When Paris is invaded by the Nazis, Marie-Laure LeBlanc’s father evacuates her to St. Malo to stay with her great-uncle. Blind since the age of six, Marie-Laure must learn the town by the scale model her father has left. Then, the Germans arrive. Violence and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Pulitzer Prize Winner. 2014.
DB 79182

Title: BLUE SKIES
Author: ANDERSON, CATHERINE (ADELINE CATHERINE)

Carly Adams, born with lattice dystrophy, waited twenty-eight years to see. Celebrating her new vision with a friend at a bar, she meets Hank Coulter. Their brief encounter leaves her pregnant. Companion to Phantom Waltz (DB 53982, BR 15334). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004. DB 57957

Title: COMING TO MY SENSES
Author: RICE, PAM

Elderly widow Addie Marsh is losing her eyesight due to macular degeneration. Fighting to keep her lakeside home, she refuses to move to an assisted living facility. Instead, she learns to cope, deriving strength from her memories, a support group, and the friendship of a new neighbor abused by her boyfriend. 2001.
DB 56381

Title: DEAREST ROGUE
Author: HOYT, ELIZABETH, 1970-

Hired to protect Phoebe, the blind sister of the Duke of Wakefield, former soldier James Trevillion is determined to keep her safe. Initially irritated by her bodyguard, Phoebe comes to rely on James, especially after a kidnapping attempt forces the two closer together. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
DB 81933

Title: KNUCKLEDUSTER
Author: POST, ANDREW, 1984-

Nicknamed Knuckleduster for his weapon of choice, Brody, who is blind, works as a vigilante for hire to pay for expensive batteries for his vision implants. When he leaves the city at the request of a friend, he uncovers a conspiracy. Violence and strong language. 2013.
DB 76476

Title: HOME BEFORE DARK
Author: WIGGS, SUSAN

With her eyesight failing, photojournalist Jessie Ryder wants to see the daughter she gave up for adoption to her sister sixteen years earlier. Returning to her Texas hometown, Jessie confronts her sister and daughter–and meets a man. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.
DB 57014

Title: UNEXPECTED GIFT
Author: KING, BERNA

Veterinarian Scott Benson asks blind rehabilitation teacher Shannon Martin to help his daughter Rachel, who lost her sight in a car accident that killed her mother. Scott and Shannon begin a romance and deal with serious family issues with the help of God. 2013.
BR 20308/ DB 77573

Title: WWW: WAKE; THE WWW TRILOGY, BOOK 1
Author: SAWYER, ROBERT J

When a Japanese researcher proposes another eye operation to the tech-savvy, mathematical genius and blind fifteen-year-old Caitlin, she jumps at the chance to have an experimental signal-processing implant inserted behind her eye. But instead of sight, Caitlin’s mind visualizes the Internet and detects an enigmatic entity within. 2009.
BR 18658/ DB 69237

Accessible Parking Survey Available Through October 5th

The Texas Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities is requesting individuals to complete a survey about accessible parking. The survey takes about fifteen minutes and may be filled out by persons with disabilities, family members and caregivers, veterans with disabilities, and professionals in the field of disability. The survey will help the Governor’s Committee make recommendations to the state legislature about accessible parking.

To participate, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W2J6D23
The survey is anonymous. If you have any questions or need assistance, you may contact the Governor’s Committee at gcpd@gov.texas.gov. The survey will be available until Wednesday, October 5th.

TBP Call Center Closed In the Morning on 9/13/16

TBP Reader Services staff will be attending an important training session off-site on the morning of Tuesday, September 13th, 2016. The call center will be closed until 12:30 that day.

While no one will be available to take your calls until 12:30, as always, you may leave a voice mail message at 1-800-252-9605 or contact us by email at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov. We will respond to your messages promptly.

Thank you for your patience while we train to serve you better.

26th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration, August 26th, 2016 at Texas School for the Deaf

A celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016, at the Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 South Congress Ave, in the Deaf Smith Auditorium, beginning at 6 pm. The CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, Howard Rosenblum, will be the keynote speaker, addressing Deaf rights, advocacy successes, and ADA updates.

Refreshments will be provided, including an ADA celebration cake. This event is free and open to the public.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be available.

Two Disability Job Fairs in Austin–Register Now

The first of two disability job fairs in Texas will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016, from 12:15 – 3 pm, at the Region X Education Service Center, 904 Abrams Road, in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas. Interested job seekers should register using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfERKZExgLwhTnmMeO-Q75f1opD0ZDanzYejkFX4x51XpDVjQ/viewform?c=0&w=1
For more information, contact April Yurch at 972-348-1638, april.yurch@region10.org

The second disability job fair will occur on Friday, October 7, 2016, from 9 am to noon, at the Region XIII Education Service Center, 5701 Springdale Drive, in Austin. Job seekers may register for this job and resource fair by clicking here: http://www.wfscapitalarea.com/calendarevents/tabid/93/ctl/editreg/mid/633/itemid/4557/d/20161007/Register.aspx
For more information, contact Robert Alexander at 512-483-0900, Robert.Alexander@twc.state.tx.us

Tim LaHaye, Co-Author of Left Behind Series, Dies at Age 90

Evangelical minister and author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books, Tim LaHaye, passed away in San Diego on July 25th after suffering a massive stroke. Best known for co-authoring the Left Behind series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry, Dr. LaHaye also founded The Institute for Creation Research as well as several Christian schools.

Dr. LaHaye was born in Detroit on April 27, 1926 and suffered the loss of his father when he was nine years old. LaHaye credits his lifelong focus on the rapture to the pastor’s eulogy at his father’s funeral. “All of a sudden, there was hope in my heart I’d see my father again,” LaHaye told the Christian Science Monitor, according to his ministry. This belief directed his 70 year ministry and strongly influenced his writing, both fiction and non-fiction.

Dr. LaHaye wrote over 60 non-fiction books covering a variety of topics such as marriage and family life, depression, and anger management. However, he was best known for co-authoring the Left Behind books, a series that follows a group of people “left behind” after the rapture occurs. The books document their struggle against the forces of the Antichrist during the tribulation times leading up to the second coming of Christ and the battle of Armageddon. Blending aspects of more secular political thrillers with evangelical ideology concerning the “end times”, it was a wildly successful series resulting in the sale of over 62 million copies of the series and a run on the bestsellers lists than continued for over five years.

Titles by Tim LaHaye in the TBP collection

Babylon Rising Series

1. Babylon Rising
DB 57737
(Versión en español: DB 61027)

2. Secret on Ararat
DB 61301

3. Europa Conspiracy
DB 61645

4. Edge of Darkness
DB 72521

Countdown to the Rapture Series

1. Rapture: Antichrist is Born Before They Were Left Behind
BR 16069/ DB 60479
(Versión en español: DB 61054)

2. Regime: Evil Advances Before They Were Left Behind
BR 16651/ DB 62712
(Versión en español: DB 62962)

3. Rapture: In the Twinkling of an Eye
BR 16698/ DB 62790
(Versión en español: DB 65957)

Jesus Chronicles Series

1. John’s Story: The Last Eyewitness
DB 65464

2. Mark’s Story: The Gospel According to Peter
DB 66678

3. Luke’s Story: By Faith Alone
DB 68432

4. Matthew’s Story: From Sinner to Saint
DB 73566

Left Behind Series

1. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days
BT 03730/ DB 47462/ LB 04713
(Versión en español: DB 50980)

2. Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind
BR 13920/ DB 47463/ LB 04706
(Versión en español: DB 50983)

3. Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist
BR 13921/ DB 47464
(Versión en español: DB 50986)

4. Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides
BR 13922/ DB 47465
(Versión en español: DB 50987)

5. Apollyon: The Destroyer is Unleashed
BR 13923/ DB 48151
(Versión en español: DB 50993)

6. Assassins: Assignment, Jerusalem; Target, Antichrist
BR 13924/ DB 48819
(Versión en español: DB 50996)

7. Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession
BR 13925/ DB 50275
(Versión en español: DB 51000)

8. Mark: The Beast Rules the World
BR 13926/ DB 51272
(Versión en español: DB 52883)

9. Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne
BR 13927/ DB 53137
(Versión en español: 52980)

10. Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon
BR 14212/ DB 54460
(Versión en español: 54954)

11. Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages
BR 14702/ DB 55878
(Versión en español: 56968)

12. Glorious Appearing: The End of Days
BR 15335/ DB 57944
(Versión en español: 58963)

13. Kingdom Come: The Final Victory
BR 17251/ DB 64646

Non-Fiction Titles

Revelation Unveiled
DB 71816
(Versión en español: DB 71816)

Genre Lists of Large Print Books–Find New Books to Read!

Are you a large print reader who loves a good mystery, a sweeping romance, or an exciting western story with a shoot-out at high noon?  Or maybe you’d prefer a best seller or a gentle read?  Check out our updated, comprehensive genre lists to find your next favorite read!

Large Print Best Sellers (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

Large Print Christian Fiction

Large Print Mysteries

Large Print Romance

Large Print Westerns

For the newest additions to our Large Print Collection, check out our recently added titles list that we post monthly.

Recently Added Large Print

If you are interested in any of these titles, please contact a Reader Consultant to order by phone or e-mail: 1-800-252-9605 (toll-free in Texas); 512-463-5458 (Austin area); tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov

 

The Color of Blind exhibit at the San Antonio Public Library

Color of Blind Exhibit Image
The Color of Blind is an interactive art show by Trina Geurra Bacon and Katherine Brown. First debuting in 2013, “The show allows visually impaired individuals, along with others with special sensory needs or challenges, to better connect with art,” explains Bacon. During the month of June, the San Antonio Public Library’s Central Branch gallery will host a “best in show” exhibit of some of Color of Blind’s fan favorite pieces. “Everyone should be able to fully experience art. We say ‘Yes- please touch the art!’” The Color of Blind will be free and open to the public during Central Library hours of operation.
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The Color of Blind Exhibit
Dates: June 2, 2016 – June 30, 2016
Times: Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: San Antonio Public Library, Central Branch, 600 Soledad St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
For more information visit: mysapl.org or call 210-207-2500

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin, DB 82240

Winner of the 2016 Hugo Award, FIFTH SEASON tells the story of how the world ends – for the last time. Told from three different viewpoints, N. K. Jemisin weaves a story of survival against the backdrop of the Stillness, a world constantly threatened by catastrophic geologic upheaval.

FifthSeason

Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominated author, N. K. Jemisin, describes the plight of the orogenes, a feared section of the population, who have the ability to control the geologic energy held within the Earth. Written in a compelling manner with a gritty tone, she deftly describes the events leading up to the beginning of the Fifth Season, a time of catastrophic climate change.

NLS Annotation for FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin (DB 82240): Essun is a woman living in a world ruled by the violent tectonic activity it experiences. She comes home to find her husband has killed her son and kidnapped her daughter, all for the secret ability Essun and her children have to control the Earth. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2015.

If you have already read this book or enjoy fantasy fiction with apocalyptic overtones, try WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okoafor (DB 73989). Or if you’d like to try something similar with more of a science fiction feel, try the Pure Trilogy by Julianna Baggott starting with PURE (DB 78234).

Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

The USBLN Disability Rights Museum on Wheels is in Austin, Texas, from now until Thursday, October 1st, at the Renaissance Hotel, located at 9721 Arboretum Blvd in Northwest Austin.

For more information, visit:

http://disabilityrightsonwheels.org/

USBLN stands for the U.S. Business Leadership Network. This is a national non-profit that focuses on the importance of inclusion in the workplace and marketplace. The annual USBLN conference is occurring in Austin this week. The conference is sold out and available only to attendees, but the Museum on Wheels is open to the public.