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Scuppernong Books

Book Launch: Reading & Signing at Scuppernong Books

Author James Tate Hill makes his debut appearance for the official book launch of Blind Man's Bluff at a book reading and signing event Friday, August 6 at 7:00pm at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro. Event is hybrid, both in-store and online (Zoom).

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Book Launch: Reading & Signing at Scuppernong Books

Time & Location

Aug 06, 2021, 7:00 PM

Scuppernong Books, 304 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401, USA

About the Event

At age sixteen, James Tate Hill was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. When high-school friends stopped calling and a disability counselor advised him to aim for C’s in his classes, he tried to escape the stigma by pretending he could still see.

In this unfailingly candid yet humorous memoir, Hill discloses the tricks he employed to pass for sighted, from displaying shelves of paperbacks he read on tape to arriving early on first dates so women would have to find him. He risked his life every time he crossed a street, doing his best to listen for approaching cars. A good memory and pop culture obsessions like Tom Cruise, Prince, and all things 1980s allowed him to steer conversations toward common experiences.

For fifteen years, Hill hid his blindness from friends, colleagues, and lovers, even convincing himself that if he stared long enough, his blurry peripheral vision would bring the world into focus. At thirty, faced with a stalled writing career, a crumbling marriage, and a growing fear of leaving his apartment, he began to wonder if there was a better way.

For more information, visit Scuppernong's event page.

This is a hybrid event, both in-store and online. Register for the Zoom event here.

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