November 2016 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Thursday November 17th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605  or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:
Twenty years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird (DB 77672), Jean Louise Finch (once known as Scout) returns home to Maycomb, Alabama. She confronts the racism of her hometown in the 1950s, including the views of Atticus, the father she idolizes. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2015.

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

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The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) is hosting the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition. This annual event features films that display disability accurately and positively. The festival was created as an entertaining way to eradicate common misperceptions about disability.

Founded twelve years ago by CTD staffer, William Greer, this is the first film festival in Texas with an explicit focus on cross-disability films. Since its foundation it has grown to be the longest running and most successful disability film festival in the state.

This year the festival will feature The Rebound and Deaf Jam at the Alamo Drafthouse Village the first weekend of November, 2016.

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival
Dates: November 4, 2016 – November 5, 2016
Times: Doors open at 5:45 PM and close at 9:45 PM

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Villiage, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78757

For more information visit: http://www.txdisabilities.org/news-events/film-festival/filmfestival-2016/2015-festival

Important Information for Texas Voters with Disabilities

Here is important information about voting in Texas if you have a disability:

In every federal election each polling place will offer at least one type of accessible voting equipment.

Accessible voting systems can accommodate no vision, low vision, no hearing, low hearing, limited manual dexterity, limited reach, limited strength, no mobility, low mobility, or any combination of the foregoing except the combination of no hearing and no vision.

Each polling place is required to meet strict accessibility standards, such as ground floor access, curb cuts to the entrance, wide doors, and other barrier free elements.

Voters with disabilities may receive assistance in voting from either election officials or a person of their choosing. A voter may not receive assistance from his/her employer or someone from a union. The voter does not have to provide proof of disability.

If a person asks for assistance from an election official, a poll watcher or election inspector is allowed to observe the process.

A voter who does not understand English, or communicates using sign language, may bring an interpreter to assist him/her with voting. If the voter cannot bring someone, he/she should contact a local election official and request that an interpreter be available at the polling location. Be sure to specify what type of interpreter is needed (for an oral language other than English or for sign language).

Curbside voting is allowed during early voting or on Election Day. It is advisable to call an election official ahead of time if curbside voting will be needed.

If you are over the age of 65, have a disability, or will be out of town on Election Day, you may vote by mail. Click here for instructions on voting by mail: www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml

In some counties, the Democratic Party staffs volunteers who will provide transportation to voters who are elderly or disabled on Election Day. These volunteers will not ask for money, and will not ask who you are voting for or what your party affiliation is. It is advisable to contact the office ahead of time as there may be a waiting list or transportation schedule. For a list of the Democratic Party offices in Texas, click here: www.txdemocrats.org/party/counties

Information for this blog post was taken from: www.votetexas.gov/voters-with-special-needs/

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

Gloria Naylor, Award Winning Author of “Women of Brewster Place,” Dies at Age 66

American novelist Gloria Naylor died Wednesday September 28th at 66 years of age. Her debut novel, “The Women of Brewster Place” is a best-seller and a National Book Award winner (1983), as well as a TV miniseries (1989). The following titles are available through Talking Books.

WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE: A NOVEL IN SEVEN STORIES
NAYLOR, GLORIA                                   Original Date: 1980
Seven women live on Brewster Placer. Each has a story that is uniquely hers but also touches the concerns of the other women of Brewster Place and of women everywhere. A perceptive commentary on the experience of black women in the United States.  National Book Award 1983.
BR   11906    DB   25314    DX   25314

Title: LINDEN HILLS
Author: NAYLOR, GLORIA                                   Original Date: 1985
The affluent African-American suburban community depicted in “Linden  Hills” is the fulfillment of Luther Nedeed’s dreams. But the success  of most of its residents does little for two street-smart boys, LesterTilson and Willie Mason, whose dialogue and poetry punctuate this story about the middle-class world where they live. By the author of  American Book Award-winning “The Women of Brewster Place” Strong language.
DB   36299   DX   36299

Title: MAMA DAY
Author: NAYLOR, GLORIA                                   Original Date: 1988
Mama Day is the aged black matriarch and medicine woman of a small island off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Her niece “Cocoa” has left the island and is now married and living in New York. The story alternates between Mama Day and the   couple, and tells how the lure of New York and the magic of the island pull at the couple and change their relationship.
BR   07587        DB   73535      DX   73535

Title: BAILEY’S CAFE
Author: NAYLOR, GLORIA                                  Original Date: 1992
Bailey’s Cafe, an enigmatic little 1940s eatery, Somewhere, U.S.A.  Bailey (not his real name) is the maestro who begins by telling of his love for Negro League baseball and his wife, Nadine. Then, one by one, he spins the stories of the cafe’s regulars: Mariam, an ostracized Ethiopian Jew; Sadie the wino; Iceman Jones; the recovering junkie Jesse Bell; Peaches, the nymphomaniac; and Miss Maples, a cross-dressing male.   Strong language and descriptions of sex.
DB   37586    DX   37586

Title: MEN OF BREWSTER PLACE
Author: NAYLOR, GLORIA                                   Original Date: 1998
In this companion to “The Women of Brewster Place” (RC 25314), African American men who live in the tenement describe their lives and daily frustrations trying to make a living while coping with their women and children.  Strong language.
DB   48779    DX   48779

Thirteen Classic Tales of Terror

Looking for something scary to read this Halloween? Check out this list of classic horror stories to find something to make your heart race and your spine tingle.

Title: AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS AND OTHER NOVELS
Author: LOVECRAFT, H.P. (HOWARD PHILLIPS)
DB 62005

Title: DRACULA
Author: STOKER, BRAM
DB 31689

Title: EXORCIST
Author: BLATTY, WILLIAM PETER
BR 02230; BR 11946; DB 12688

Title: FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS
Author: SHELLEY, MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, 1797-1851
DB 25835; LB 03683; LB 06283

Title: HELL HOUSE
Author: MATHESON, RICHARD, 1926-
BR 18208; DB 68106

Title: INVISIBLE MAN
Author: WELLS, H.G. (HERBERT GEORGE), 1866-1946
DB 09593 (BARD); DB 47064; LB 05997

Title: MONKEY’S PAW AND OTHER TALES OF MYSTERY AND THE MACABRE
Author: JACOBS, W.W. (WILLIAM WYMARK), 1863-1943
DB 46641

Title: ROSEMARY’S BABY
Author: LEVIN, IRA
BR 00521; DB 61169; DB 17695 (BARD)

Title: SHINING
Author: KING, STEPHEN, 1947-
BR 13271; DB 51373; DB 10563 (BARD)

Title: SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
Author: HARRIS, THOMAS, 1940-
BR 13149; DB 27020

Title: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
Author: BRADBURY, RAY, 1920-2012
BR 12583; DB 50233; DB 09245 (BARD)

Title: TALES OF HORROR AND SUSPENSE
Author: POE, EDGAR ALLAN, 1809-1849
BR 18491; DB 69542

Title: TURN OF THE SCREW
Author: JAMES, HENRY, 1843-1916
BR 06763; DB 18129; LB 00333