Join Random House Group on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Zoom to celebrate the paperback release of Sara Novic’s New York Times bestselling novel True Biz, as well as Deaf Awareness Month. Novic will be joined by Ross Showalter to discuss writing and publishing in a world that isn’t always the most accessible. They will share their experiences, creative processes, and give us a glimpse behind the publishing industry curtain.
This event is open to all and will be presented with ASL interpretation.
Reserve your spot for this event today! When you register for your free ticket, you will also have the option to order a paperback copy of True Biz, featuring book club discussion questions, through our independent bookstore partner Women & Children First. Shipping to U.S. mailing addresses is included in the price. You’ll also receive a True Biz sticker page with your book order, while supplies last so be sure to sign up now!
We can’t wait to see you there.
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“For those who loved the Oscar-winning film CODA, a boarding school for deaf students is the setting for a kaleidoscope of experiences.”—The Washington Post
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: NPR, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Booklist
True biz (adj./exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talk
True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals, and have politicians, doctors, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they’ll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who’s never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school’s golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the hearing headmistress, a CODA (child of deaf adult(s)) who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another—and changed forever.
This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, disability and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.