Sunday, August 7, 2011
A new book from award-winning author Brian Selznick includes main characters who are deaf. Selznick’s follow-up to The Invention of Hugo Cabret is the 640 page Wonderstruck. He credits Carol Padden and Tom Humphries (who both teach at the University of California-San Diego) with giving the book an authentic feel for what it means to be deaf. They reviewed the manuscript many times for him, making suggestions along the way. Selznick says he was also inspired by the documentary Through Deaf Eyes, a film about the history of Deaf culture. It hits store shelves next month. You can pre-order here or find out more here and watch a video of Selznick talking about the book below (there doesn't appear to be any captioning).