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First Person Stories from the 21st Century
Edited by Alice Wong
Vintage Books, 2020
Order paperback, e-book, audiobook (multiple retailers). Available on Bookshare and the Library of Congress’ Braille and Audio Reading Download program (downloadable talking book #DB99604 and Braille currently in process of being added).
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Audiobook narrated by Alejandra Ospina
ISBN: 9781984899422 (paperback) 9781984899439 (ebook)
Requests for interviews and online book events:
Julie Ertl, Publicity Manager, Vintage Books & Anchor Books | The Knopf Doubleday Group, email@example.com, 212-572-2420
All new! Infographic by Elizabeth Hee about the book (see below)
Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together an urgent, galvanizing collection of personal essays by contemporary disabled writers.
From original pieces by up-and-coming authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma, to blog posts, manifestos, eulogies, testimonies to Congress, and beyond: this anthology gives a glimpse of the vast richness and complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own assumptions and understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and past with hope and love.
Online Book Events
Wednesday, 4 pm Pacific
Stacey Park Milbern and the Practice of Disability Justice
A conversation w/ Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Alice Wong moderated by Joe Stramondo
Free and open for all. ASL & Live captioning provided.
Stacey Park Milbern lived and breathed disability justice — a concept created by queer, trans, working-class, disabled people of color to articulate a holistic vision of crip thriving. Through a celebration of Stacey’s theory and praxis, this event will deepen our understanding of what it means to organize for disability justice. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Alice Wong created the #StaceyTaughtUs Syllabus borrowing a hashtag created by the Radical Monarchs, an activism group for young girls of color. The syllabus puts together many of Milbern’s influential speeches, essays, social media posts, and roundtable comments highlighting her work with numerous community groups including Sins Invalid and the Disability Justice Culture Club. Join us for celebration of the life and work of Stacey Park Milbern.
This event is part of Feminist Disability Justice speaker series through the Bread and Roses Feminist Research Colloquium of Women’s Studies Department at San Diego State University. Co-sponsored by the SDSU Pride Center.
Reviews and Media
“Reclaiming Disability Space in an Ableist Society: A Review of Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility,“ Christopher Mathey, March 2, 2021, Nursing Clio.
“MS Book Review: Disability Visibility,” TK Sellman, February 3, 2021.
“8 of my Favourite Non-Fiction Books about Disability,” Jessica Moxham, January 29, 2021, Son Stories blog.
Michael Rembis. Review of Wong, Alice, ed., Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century. H-Disability, H-Net Reviews. January, 2021. URL: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=55689
“5 Audiobook Essay Collections Ideally Suited to Your Quarantine Walks,” James Tate Hill, January 28, 2021, LitHub.
“Disability Representation Needs to Be Nuanced, Realistic, and Respectful,” Valerie Chelangat, January 14, 2021, The Uniter.
“A Year in Reading: Sejal Shah,” Sejal Shah, December 22, 2020, The Millions.
“Grants Celebrate Disability Culture,” M. Leona Godin, December 16, 2020, Publisher’s Weekly.
“16 books to gift this holiday,” passerbuys, December 2020.
“Best Audiobooks of 2020,” Google Play, December 2020.
“Favorite Books of 2020,” Mike Ervin, November 25, 2020, The Progressive.
“Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” Laura Barrosse-Antle, October 23, 2020, Chemistry World.
“Expanding Candid’s commitment to DEI through our eBooks collection,” Alicia Hyman, November 23, 2020, Candid.
“UK Disability History Month 2020,” Karin, November 18, 2020, Hampshire Library Service.
“Interview with Alice Wong: Engaging with Stories of Disabled People,” Dennis R. Upkins, November 13, 2020, Yopp!
“Alice Wong calls attention to the importance of disability visibility,” Ella Fitzhugh, November 3, 2020, The McGill Tribune.
Recap from 11/7/20 Disability Visibility book event on disability justice with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Patty Berne moderated by Yomi Wrong.
“Plain Language Writing — An Essential Part Of Accessibility,” Andrew Pulrang, October 22, 2020, Forbes.
“Alice Wong On Ruckuses, Rage And Medicaid,” Anna Sale, October 21, 2020, Death, Sex, and Money podcast, WNYC.
“6 Memoirs by Political Changemakers,” Alice Wong, October 20, 2020, Read It Forward.
“Fall Books 2020,” September 25, 2020,Call Your Girlfriend podcast,.
“BSI Fall 2020 Gregg Beratan review of Disability Visibility,” September 24, 2020, Rochester Public Library.
“Our Lives Matter, Too,” Truth Be Told podcast, September 24, 2020, KQED.
“A Review of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” Adam Hubrig, September 23, 2020, Brevity.
“Activist Alice Wong On The Joys And Challenges Of Being Disabled,” Jenee Darden, September 10, 2020, KALW.
“Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility Project is five years strong and is permanently disrupting stereotypes about disability,” Roxanne Ray, September 9, 2020, International Examiner.
“Being in our own words,” Alaina Johns, September 8, 2020, Broad Street Review.
“5 books to read by disabled authors,” Shona Louise, September 3, 2020.
“WONDER WOMEN OF HISTORY Celebrates Real Life Heroes,” Rosie Knight, September 2, 2020, Nerdist.
“Asian American Alice Wong Forefronts the Magic Within the Disability Community in ‘Disability Visibility,'” Giannina Ong, August 30, 2020, Mochi Magazine.
“Share the Journey with Jeneva: Staying Visible with Alice Wong,” Jeneva Stone, August 27, 2020, Little Lobbyists.
“It’s Time for Disabled Writers to Tell Their Own Stories,” Jennifer Baker, August 19, 2020, Electric Lit.
“8 Collections Featuring Underrepresented Voices,” Emily Stochl, August 5, 2020, Bookriot.
“Alice Wong’s book launch panel offers glimpse into deeply lived personal aspects of different disabilities,” Hari Srinivasan, August 3, 2020, Daily Cal.
“Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” Nila Gupta, August 3, 2020, Disability Arts Online.
“ICS member Alejandra Ospina narrates Disability Visibility audiobook,” July 2020, Independence Care System.
“Brew’s Bookshelf,” Morning Brew newsletter, July 30, 2020
“Best books published in summer 2020,” Sian Babish, July 29, 2020, The Chicago Tribune.
“Activist and Media Maker Alice Wong Brings Us Moving Stories by Disabled Writers,” Karen Gullo, July 29, 2020, Seismic Sisters.
“Editor Interview: Alice Wong,” Kelsey Norris, July 28, 2020, Libro.fm
“How to teach children about disability, at every age,” Kristen Parisi, July 28, 2020, Today Show.
“Advocating in Plain Language, with Sara Luterman,” Haley Moss and Dr. Lori Butts, July 28, 2020, Spectrumly Speaking podcast.
“A Disability-Rights Consultant and Social Worker Explains How to Check Your Ableism Every Day,” Elizabeth Brodsky, July 27, 2020, Popsugar.
“‘Welcome to Our World’: Collection of Stories Sheds Light on Disabilities,” Eleanor J. Bader, July 27, 2020, The Progressive.
“10 Books Set to Become the New Feminist Classics,” Lily Herman, July 24, 2020, Shondaland.
“28 Ways to Learn About Disability Culture,” July 24, 2020, The New York Times.
“30 years of the ADA: Measuring progress and calling for improvements,” Anna Leahy, July 23, 2020, The Washington Post.
“7 Books to Read in Honor of the 30th Anniversary of the ADA,” Jaime Herndon, July 23, 2020.
“Interview with Alice Wong,” Kendra Winchester, July 22, 2020 Reading Women podcast.
“Disabled activist Alice Wong reflects on the Americans with Disabilities Act: ‘A law does not change the world overnight,'” Erin Donnelly, July 22, 2020, Yahoo.
“Stories From The Disability Community,” Jana Schiels, July 14, 2020, Wisconsin Public Radio.
“True Stories of Living With Disability For Your TBR,” Kelly Jensen, July 13, 2020, Bookriot.
“Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century (Alice Wong, ed.),” Diane R. Wiener, June 2020, Volume 14, Issue 2, Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature.
“New & Noteworthy, From Craigslist Confessions to Toxic Outrage,” July 7, 2020, The New York Times.
“Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century” Centers the Wisdom of Disabled People, Carrie Wade, June 30, 2020, Autostraddle.
“Review: Disability Visibility, Edited by Alice Wong,” Shir Kehila, June 30, 2020, Columbia Journal.
“My Joy Is My Freedom,” Keah Brown, June 30, 2020, Elle Magazine.
“Books to Watch,” June 30, 2020, Porchlight Books
“Q+A with Alice Wong on her new book, “Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century,” Linda Williams, June 30, 2020, Invisible Disability Project.
“New book is Alice Wong’s latest take on the ‘vastness’ of disability culture,” Louise Kinross, June 29, 2020, Bloom.
“BitchReads: 17 Books Feminists Should Read in June,” Evette Dionne, June 8, 2020, Bitch Media.
“June 2020 Reads for the Rest of Us,” Karla Strand, June 3, 2020, Ms. Magazine.
“New Works by Writers with Disabilities Hit Publisher Lists,” Alex Green, April 3, 2020, Publisher’s Weekly.
Alice Wong should be in charge of editing all books. Even better, Alice Wong should be in charge of everything! To Alice, words like ‘diversity’ and ‘intersectionality’ aren’t just buzzwords. They are marching orders. In this book, she has collected a staggering array of stories from writers who experience disability in vastly different ways. This isn’t meant to be THE DEFINITIVE BOOK on disability. It is a doorway, and Alice is inviting us all to go through the doorway and continue our learning process. She even ends the collection with a bibliography that extends far beyond your standard reading list. Whether you currently consider yourself part of the disability community or not, you’re gonna want to take in the wisdom woven throughout this book. Now more than ever, our society desperately needs to listen to and take action on the changes disabled artists and activists have been demanding for so long. I am lucky she is my friend.
—W. Kamau Bell, host of United Shades of America
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Infographic and image description by Elizabeth Hee