Book Update

A stuffed doll dressed as a ballerina and wearing a hearing aid is placed next to a yellow book with the title Hearing Happiness. On the doll's lap is a golden 1950s hearing aid.

It is gut-wrenching to write this update.

As you all know, the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has upended our worlds. The new reality requires us to practice intense social distancing, quarantining and isolation in the hopes to flatten the curve. People are getting sick and dying. The economic repercussions has devastated many people’s lives and will be felt for a long time.

In the face of things, it seems silly to be writing an update about a book, but I wanted to reach out personally and let readers know what’s happening with Hearing Happiness, which was scheduled to be out on May 19, 2020.

Given that bookstores and libraries have closed, Amazon is not accepting shipments of books, and there is a threat that book delivery from the printers will be delayed, the University of Chicago Press has made the difficult decision to postpone until September the publication of their Spring 2020 books — including Hearing Happiness.

Hearing Happiness will now have an official September publication date. If you have already pre-ordered a copy, you should receive it in August. You’ll be able to buy copies from bookstores or online retailers at that time as well. And of course, you can still pre-order in now, if you’d like; and if you do, do enter the pre-ordering giveaway campaign.

In the meantime, I hope you all are safe and in good health. We’ll get through this crisis together and hopefully emerge stronger in the end.

All the best,
Jai

The difference between an aurist and a surgeon?

“…quacks, and aurists, get reputation for syringing the ear, when surgeons lose it; not because the quack has more knowledge of his profession, but because he takes more pains than the surgeon.”

-Unknown, c.1828/1829.

(Yes, I’m still holed up in the British Library reading 19th century treatises on aural surgery)