Multi-Genre Fiction with Much-Needed Protagonists

Nothing Without Us and Nothing Without Us Too are anthologies of speculative and realistic fiction where the authors and their protagonists are disabled, d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing, Blind or visually impaired, neurodivergent, Spoonie, and/or they manage mental illness.

Nothing Without Us Too is available for pre-order!

The anthology will officially be released on in ebook, paperback, and/or audiobook formats on September 15, 2022, but you can pre-order it (now or very soon) from Renaissance, Chapters-Indigo, Another Story Bookshop, and these online book sellers. Please follow this blog or our Facebook or Twitter accounts for further updates on where to buy it! Learn more about what’s inside this anthology by reading our story teasers!

Book cover: A watercolour of a brick wall with shades of brown, beige, and aquas that has a teal vertical rectangle on the lower left side. Spray-painted in black graffiti is the title "Nothing Without US," but on slighting on top of the word “US" in dark orange graffiti is the word “TOO". The list of authors is in light yellow text in the teal rectangle. Beneath the book title is “Edited by Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson."

Edited by Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson

With stories by Jayne Barnard, Meg Candelaria, H.E. Casson, Jessica Corra, Matthew Del Papa, Jen Desmarais, Bernadette Gabay Dyer, Ari Fletcher-Bai, A. Gregory Frankson, Tea Gerbeza, Michelle F. Goddard, Anita Goveas, Dianna Gunn, Anita Haas, Juliet Hill, Stephen Graham King, B. Lawrence, Rook Laz, Melissa Mead, Polly Orr, Jessica Peter, Erin Rockfort, N.R.M Roshak, Holly Schofield, Avi Silver, Cathy Smith, and Sienna Tristen

Nothing Without Us Too follows the theme of Nothing Without Us (a 2020 Prix Aurora Award finalist), featuring more stories by authors who are disabled, d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing, Blind or visually impaired, neurodivergent, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness. The lived experiences of their protagonists are found across many demographics—such as race, culture, financial status, religion, gender, age, and/or sexual orientation. We want to present these stories because diversity is reality, and it belongs in literary and genre fiction.

ID: A greyscale closeup of April Laramey.

Did you know? Indigenous writer, editor, and painter April Laramey is the cover artist for Nothing Without Us Too. Learn more about April on our blog!

ID: Amanda Leduc’s headshot. She is a white woman with long wavy brown hair and brown eyes. She’s wearing a bright teal shirt and grew cardigan and is smiling while she leanings against a tree.

Did you also know? Canadian author Amanda Leduc wrote the foreword for our anthology! Learn more about Amanda on our blog!

Canada Council for the Arts logo: A graphic of a swirly tree surrounded by an elliptical border at its base.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for the Nothing Without Us Too anthology.
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About the first anthology, Nothing Without Us

Nothing Without Us is now available at these online retailers, and from Presses Renaissance Press (ebook, paperback, and audiobook).

Book cover ID: Old russet brick wall with faded spray-painted colours in aqua, yellow, white, beige, and reds. Stencilled boldly in black: Nothing Without Us. (The list of editors and authors appears underneath.)

Edited by Cait Gordon and Kohenet Talia C. Johnson.

With stories by Myriad Augustine, Carolyn Charron, Joanna Marsh, Elliott Dunstan, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Raymond Luczak, Nicole Zelniker, 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, and Derek Newman-Stille.

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.

ID: CSFFA official Aurora Award nominee logo. It's a silver gradient rectangular shape with a sloping top. A bright red maple leaf is in the centre. Words: Aurora Nominee

Nothing Without Us was a 2020 Prix Aurora Award finalist for the Best Related Work. Many thanks to our authors and amazing supporters!

Did you know? This anthology has been part of the syllabus at a disabilities studies course at Trent University three times! Derek Newman-Stille is teaching CAST-SOCI-WMST 4551H “Gender and Disability in Canada.” Talia and Cait have had the honour of speaking directly with students at Trent (even during a pandemic) about disability representation and what it means to be a disabled creative in CanLit and CanSpec.