24 February 2009
No one gives you a manual on how to be a Deaf gay man.
Yes, my dear friends, my eighth book Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life is coming out in a few days! I've waited almost twenty years for this book to see the light of day, so I'm very, very happy that it'll be in my hands by early next week.
RID Press will start promoting this book next week and on, so you can say you "heard" it here first! ;-) Heck, if you're as excited as I am, please do yourself a small favor. Order it now! RID Press won't be using Amazon for a while yet, which is why I encourage all to order directly from the publisher for prompt service.
Here's the publisher's description of the book:
"Raymond Luczak shares stories from his days growing up as a deaf gay man in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and learning signs in secret, trying to follow the music on the radio in order to be cool like his hearing classmates, and feeling clueless whenever gay cultural icons like the Village People, Queen, and Bette Midler were promoted in his small hometown. After he graduated from high school and enrolled at Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for Deaf people, he discovered gay literature and came out soon after. He eventually got involved with Deaf theater collaborators, educators, and sign language interpreters, from which his worldview is substantially reshaped on issues of identity, literacy, technology, and family.
Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life offers a rare in-depth glimpse into what it means to be a Deaf gay man who lives between the Deaf and hearing worlds."
Chapter titles include "Little Winks Everywhere," "The Night the Bee Gees Changed My Life," "Daggers in Our Hands," "My Technological Evolution as a Deaf Person," and "Lousy Show with Great Production Values." Most of the chapters in the book were published as essays in various periodicals over the last two decades. The book was actually inspired by my essay "Notes of a Deaf Gay Writer," which first appeared in the Christopher Street magazine in December 1990. That piece was my first national appearance as a Deaf gay writer, and eventually led to my editing Eyes of Desire: A Deaf Gay & Lesbian Reader a few years later.
Anyway, I will upload a clip about the book to YouTube later this week. (I'll announce the direct link to the video in this blog when I do.) But for now, you can download a PDF excerpt from the book right here and think of it as a tasty appetizer!
God, it's great to be back with a brand-new book! :-) Woo-hoo!
*hands shaking up in the air*