The HLAA-TC Book Club meets every month throughout the year on the fourth Tuesday of the month. We alternate between reading fiction and nonfiction books each month and our selections often deal with hearing loss, deafness or disability. We are meeting virtually on Zoom and have had several authors and special guests join us to discuss the books. We meet in the evenings on Zoom (with computer/AI captions). For more information about the book club, please email Laura Hagemann (HLAA-TC Social Media Specialist) at

NLS= National Library Service for the Blind (BARD); LOC= Library of Congress

Now Reading: September 2023: “Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found” by Rebecca Alexander (Nonfiction/Memoir) BARD/NLS: Yes, Braille: BR 20582; BARD: DB 80043. Book Club on Sunday, September 24, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. [REGISTER HERE]

Future Books:

October 2023: “Murder on Lexington Avenue: A Gaslight Mystery” by Victoria Thompson (Fiction/Mystery).BARD/NLS: Yes, BR 24532 in process; BARD: DB 81245

November 2023: “Haben” by Haben Girme (nonfiction/memoir) BARD/NLS: Yes, Braille: BR 22702; BARD: DB 96188

December 2023: “Keeping Lucy: A Novel” by T. Greenwood (Fiction)BARD/NLS: BARD only: DB 96120

Past Read Books:
April 2021: Book (novel): “Deaf Sentence” by David Lodge

May 2021: Book (memoir): “Life After Deaf” by Noel Holston (with special guest Noel Holston)

July 2021: Book (novel): “Not a Sound” by Heather Gudenkauf (with special guest Heather Gudenkauf)

August 2021: Book (memoir): “Shouting Won’t Help” by Katherine Bouton (with special guest Katherine Bouton)

October 2021: Book (novel): “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers

November 2021: Book (memoir) “Invisible” by Ruth Silver (with special guests Joan Schneider and Dani Kaslow from Center for DeafBlind Persons (the organization Ruth Silver founded)

December 2021: Book (novel): “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Philipp Sendcker

January 2022: Book club on break- no book selection

February 2022: Book (Memoir): Signs of Survival: A Memoir of the Holocaust.” by Renee Hartman with Joshua M. Greene (Children’s Nonfiction/Memoir)

March 2022: Book (novel) “The Listening Eye” by Patricia Wentworth (mystery), [Tuesday, March 15, 2022 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Central Time]

April 2022: Book (memoir): “Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir” by Kambri Crews (Nonfiction/Memoir) (With special guest Kambri Crews). Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Central Time), read the blog post about this book here.

May 2022: Book (novel):“Deafening” by Frances Itani Meeting on Tuesday, May 24th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Central Time).

June/July 2022: Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece” by Hugo Vickers (nonfiction/biography)- In LOC and NLS  DB064788 MEETING ON TUESDAY, JULY 26 AT 1:00 PM (CENTRAL TIME) WITH SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR HUGO VICKERS.

August 2022: A Maiden’s Grave” by Jeffrey Deaver (Fiction/Mystery) In NLS not in LOC.

September 2022: The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (The History of Disability, 1)  by Kim E. Nielsen (nonfiction)- In LOC and NLS (DB05798). Meeting on Tuesday, September 27th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Central Time) with special guest author & professor Kim E. Nielsen.

October 2022: The Quality of Silence” by Rosamund Lupton (fiction/novel) In LOC and NLS (DBC16541) Meeting on Tuesday, October 25th at THE SPECIAL TIME OF 1:00 PM.

November 2022: A loss for words: The story of deafness in a family” by Lou Ann Walker (nonfiction). In LOC and NLS (DB029327) (with special guest author Lou Ann Walker)

December 2022: Rules for Visiting” by Jessica Francis Kane (Fiction). In LOC and NLS (DB295255)

January 2023: “I’ll Scream Later” by Marlee Matlin (nonfiction/memoir)

FEBRUARY 2023: “I never promised you a rose garden” by Joanne Greenberg (Fiction) BARD/NLS: Yes, Braille: BR 18074, BARD: DB 12303 WITH SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR JOANNE GREENBERG

March 2023: “Chasing Space: an astronaut’s story of grit, grace and second chances” by Leland Melvin (nonfiction/memoir) BARD/NLS: Yes: Braille BR 22112 and BARD: DB 89168

April 2023: True Biz” by Sara Novic (Fiction). BARD/NLS: Yes, BARD only: DB 107579

May and June 2023: “What’s that pig outdoors: Memoir of Deafness” by Henry Kisor (nonfiction/memoir) BARD/NLS: Yes,  Braille: BR 08392; BARD: DB 31492. 

July 2023: “Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller” by Georgina Kleege(nonfiction/memoir) BARD/NLS: Yes, Braille: BR 16939, BARD: DB 63900. With special guest Georgina Kleege. The July book club with Georgina Kleege is Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 pm (Central Time).

August 2023: “The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn” by Colin Dexter (fiction/mystery). BARD/NLS: BARD only: DB 108526 Book Club on Tuesday, August 22, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.