Contact: Gabriel Cardenas
FOR RELEASE JANUARY 13, 2023
POP-UP BOOK RELEASED BY TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF ALUM ABOUT DEAF CULTURE, HISTORY AND JOKES IN ASL
Austin, Texas – Author, Rebecca S. “Becky” Gage, a 1988 graduate of Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), recently released an innovative pop-up book all about Deaf culture, history, jokes and stories, aptly titled, “How Much Do You Know About…American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, History, Jokes, and Stories?”
An event and author signing will be held next month at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.
When scanned, QR codes included allow readers to tap right in to signers sharing classic and anecdotal Deaf jokes that are funny, educational and entertaining.
Along with signers of various ages and nationalities, the author promotes inclusivity of all abilities throughout the book, including those who are Deafblind.
TSD Superintendent, Claire Bugen, fondly recalls the author.
“An identical twin, Becky was a cheerleader and vice president of her senior class when she was a student, then later came back to TSD as a high school math teacher.
I mostly remember her creativity, and am so excited that she will be recognized, and her book celebrated next month, in Washington D.C.”
WHAT: Book Launch & Author Celebration: “How Much Do You Know About American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, History, Jokes, and Stories” by Becky Gage
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2023
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
MORE: For more information about the event and book, please visit: https://linktr.ee/pop.up.book.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author, Rebecca S. “Becky” Gage currently lives in California, and teaches at California School for the Deaf in Riverside. An inventor of a successful board game, known as “ASLingo,” Gage’s new book, “How Much Do You Know About American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, History, Jokes, and Stories” was inspired by her son, Joviah, and with filial support from daughter, Zamica, and younger son, Andaz, who all teamed up with others to turn the book into an amazing three-dimensional experience. The innovative pop-up book tells eight classic jokes about life in a Deaf world, and includes over 50 QR codes to illustrate and dramatize the contents of the colorful 3-D learning and entertainment experience. Illustrations by Salvador Sanchez, a native New Yorker, and talented Deaf multimedia artist responsible for all the dramatic artwork in the book. To see more, visit https://www.salvadorsanchezartist.com.
ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)
The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating Texas students who are deaf and hard of hearing since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about Texas School for the Deaf, visit: http://www.tsd.state.tx.us.