Available by now!
Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century
Edited by Alice Wong
Vintage Books / June 30, 2020
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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
August 18, 2020, 8-9 pm Eastern
Disability Visibility: Alice Wong and Maysoon Zayid
Alice Wong is joined by comedian and fellow activist Maysoon Zayid to share their own personal stories and reflect on the myriad others contained within the collection.
ASL interpretation and real-time captioning will be provided. For any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
August 20, 2020, 7 pm Eastern
Youth from the Disability Justice Network of Ontario will be facilitating an online conversation with Alice Wong and Leah Lakshmi to talk about Alice’s new book, Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century. This conversation will take place on Zoom, and will be about an hour. The audience will have a chance to ask questions at the end of the facilitated discussion.
– CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning will be available for the full duration of this event
– ASL (American Sign Language) Interpretation will be available for the full duration of this event
– All attendees will be required to turn off their sound and video (unless they are speaking during the question and answer period) to ensure that the speakers and ASL interpreter are on screen.
– This event will be recorded and posted to DJNO’s Facebook and website with captioning.
– This event is free to attend.
September 9, 2020, 7:30 pm Pacific
Reviews and Media
“8 Collections Featuring Underrepresented Voices,” August 5, 2020, Emily Stochl, Bookriot.
“Alice Wong’s book launch panel offers glimpse into deeply lived personal aspects of different disabilities,” August 3, 2020, Hari Srinivasan, Daily Cal.
“Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” August 3, 2020, Nila Gupta, 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