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October 7, 2006

New Publishing Co. Founded to Publish Deaf-Related Books

From: Canal Street Press - Oct 7, 2006

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (October 1, 2006) -- Canal Street Press, a new company founded to publish deaf-related and photography books, has announced the publication of its first two books.

The company was founded by Tom Willard, founder and director of Deaf Artists of America and former editor of Silent News and Newswaves.

The first two books are now available. They are:

"A Sorry Stick of a Man, Indeed ... And Other Short Essays on Deafness," featuring the author's favorite deaf-related essays from over the past quarter century.

"Deaf Haiku," a collection of nearly 140 poems on a wide range of subjects related to deafness and hearing loss, all presented in 5-7-5-syllable haiku format.

Both books are ideal for students of deaf culture, sign language and interpreting – and perfect for parents of deaf children, providing a rare glimpse into one of America's most mysterious and misunderstood cultures.

Canal Street Press makes use of print-on-demand technology, which allows for small press runs. Quantity discounts starting with 10 books are available to resellers, classes, groups and others.

The company's next book, scheduled for publication in Winter 2007, is "The Wondering Years: A Photographic Journey Into Deafness," a collection of Willard's photographs from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s as he slowly went deaf over a period of nearly 15 years.

Selected photographs from "The Wondering Years" will go on exhibit in November at the ACCESS-MEED Gallery on the Wolfson campus of Miami-Dade College, Miami, Florida.

As Canal Street Press grows, the company will recruit additional writers and photographers. Willard said he has at least a half a dozen ideas in the pipeline.

"The goal is to use modern technology to provide a range of books of interest to the deaf community that both educate and entertain," said Willard.

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