"At Home With Literati" event poster for Blind Man's Bluff that includes the cover image that features a portrait of James Tate Hill mostly obscured by a dark, dense mass blocking his torso and face, leaving only his eyes.

Virtual Conversation with James Tate Hill at Literati

On September 7 at 7PM EST, I’m delighted to be having a conversation reprise with James Tate Hill–but with a difference! In June, we discussed my book, There Plant Eyes, and this time we’ll be talking about his great memoir, Blind Man’s Bluff

At Home With Literati: James Tate Hill and M. Leona Godin

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Sep 07, 7:00 PM

Virtual Event

At Home with Literati Series in support of Blind Man’s Bluff. He’ll be joined in conversation by M. Leona Godin.


About Blind Man’s Bluff

A writer’s humorous and often-heartbreaking tale of losing his sight—and how he hid it from the world.

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.


About the Author

James Tate Hill is an editor for Monkeybicycle and contributing editor at Literary Hub, where he writes a monthly audiobooks column. The Best American Essays has chosen two of his works as “Notable,” and he won the Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel for Academy Gothic. Born in West Virginia, he lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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