We are saddened by the news that one of our contributors, Tom Johnson, author of Jungle Demon, passed away this week. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. We plan to honour his memory by reading from his story at the Toronto book launch.


Nothing Without Us is available in print, audiobook, and ebook versions on the Press Renaissance Press online bookstore! You can also find the print book and Kindle version on Amazon, the audiobook and ebook on Kobo, and the print book on the B&N website.

Read 22 brilliant own-voice stories where we who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, and/or we who manage mental illness are the heroes, not the sidekicks! Foreword by eight-time Prix Aurora Award winner Derek Newman-Stille!

The next book launch is on November 30 @ 6p.m. at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St., Toronto, ON. For more information, please visit the event page on Facebook.


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.)

You can find more interviews on our Media page!


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 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, Derek Newman-Stille