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Is there any own-voice fiction written by us that has main characters who are like us?

This is a question we who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness ask way too often. For the most part, we’re faced with stories about us that are crafted by people who really don’t get us. We’re turned into pathetic, tragic souls, or merely exist to inspire the able-bodied main characters to do the thing, or even worse, we’re to “overcome” our disabilities, states, or conditions and be “cured.”

Nothing Without Us combines both realistic and speculative fiction and stars protagonists who are written “by us and for us.” From the halls of hospitals to deep into the jungle, from within the fantastical plane to far into outer space, these protagonists take us on a journey, make us think, and also prompt us to cheer them on. These are bold tales, told in our voices, which are important for everyone to experience.

Nathan Fréchette and Cait Gordon speak about Nothing Without Us on Rogers Daytime Ottawa! (April 3, 2019)

Host Dylan Black asks Nathan and Cait about this amazing own-voice anthology. (Transcript is an available option on the video.)

Talia Johnson and Cait Gordon appear on AMI-radio’s Live from Studio 5! (May 29, 2019)

Hosts Mike Ross and Joeita Gupta interview the co-editors of Nothing Without Us, on the eve of the Kickstarter for this anthology. Listen here! (We apologize that there is no transcript on this link.)

ID: Grey background and floorboards. On the floor is a tablet, phone, and printed book featuring the Nothing Without Us cover. Text reads: Nothing Without Us: An own-voices, multi-genre fiction anthology with heroes who are disabled, neurodiverse, Deaf, and/or manage mental illnesses and/or chronic conditions.

Edited by Cait Gordon and Talia Johnson

With stories by Aus Bahadur, Carolyn Charron, Joanna Marsh, Elliott Dunstan, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Raymond Luczak, Nicole Zelnicker, Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Jamieson Wolf, J. Ivanel Johnson, Tom Johnson, Tonya Liburd, Shannon Barnsley, Madonna Skaff, Maverick Smith, George Zancola, Diane Koerner, Laurie Stewart, Tasha Fierce, Nathan Caro Frechette, Emily Gillespie, Derek Newman-Stille