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Saturday, October 19 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Launch of Nothing Without Us

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Join us for the launch of the Nothing Without Us anthology! Meet the authors, get your book signed, win some fabulous door prizes, and eat a bite at a great spot two doors down from Can-Con, come back in time for the Auroras! 

We are the heroes, not the sidekicks.

“Can you recommend fiction 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. Typically, we’re faced with stories about us crafted by people who really don’t get us. We’re turned into pathetic, tragic souls; we merely exist to inspire the abled main characters to thrive; or even worse, we’re to overcome “what’s wrong with us” and be cured.

Nothing Without Us combines both realistic and speculative fiction, starring protagonists who are written “by us and for us.” From hospital halls to jungle villages, from within the fantastical plane to deep into outer space, our heroes take us on a journey, make us think, and prompt us to cheer them on.

These are bold tales, told in our voices, which are important for everyone to experience.

Watch a trailer for the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7HLM6Vk0Ec 

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Please note that the elevator to access the second floor where this event is held is not readily obvious when you walk into the 3 Brewers Pub. Both an employee of the 3 Brewers and a Renaissance volunteer will be posted between the door and the bottom of the stairs ready to escort you through the elevator and to the launch site. Please note that the restrooms on site are accessible, but gendered. A Renaissance volunteer will be available near the washrooms to escort anyone who should wish to have a buddy for whatever reason. The menu will feature vegan and gluten-free options. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A SCENT-FREE EVENT.

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Talia C. Johnson

Talia C. Johnson is a writer, poet, sensitivity editor, public speaker, workshop facilitator, ritual and service leader, educator, mentor, coach, and activist. She is an out queer autistic trans woman. Talia is a member of the Heartspark Press Executive Committee. She is currently... Read More →
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Jamieson Wolf

Jamieson has been writing since a young age when he realized he could be writing instead of paying attention in school. Since then, he has created many worlds in which to live his fantasies and live out his dreams. He is a number-one bestselling author—he likes to tell people that... Read More →
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Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille (they/them) PhD ABD is a queer, nonbinary, disabled activist, artist, author, and academic. Derek teaches at Trent University, where they research representations of disability in Canadian Speculative Fiction. Derek has two new books out this year - We Shall Be... Read More →
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Nathan Fréchette

Nathan Fréchette is a queer, transgender sequential artist, publisher, illustrator, designer, and author. He has published over a dozen graphic and prose short stories, as well as five novels, three graphic novels, two works of nonfiction, and the online comic Some Assembly Required... Read More →
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Carolyn Charron

Carolyn Charron‘s short stories have appeared in three Flame Tree Publishing anthologies and in the Nothing Without Us anthology. On the editor’s side of her desk, she was a slush reader for Apex and Lightspeed magazines and volunteers as juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation... Read More →
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Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers (Renaissance). Her short stories have appeared in Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland (Exile Editions), We Shall Be Monsters (Renaissance), and the upcoming Space Opera Libretti (McNett and Rossman). She is a disability... Read More →
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Laurie Stewart

Everything, Corvid Moon Publishing
Laurie Stewart has been writing since about the sixth grade, but only started submitting and publishing in 2015. She writes Urban Fantasy, high fantasy, and character-based Science Fiction. She lives near Ottawa and is mobility impaired, a chronic pain and migraine sufferer, and so... Read More →
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Tonya Patricia Liburd

Attendee, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Tonya Liburd's fiction is used in Nisi Shawl's workshops and Tananarive Due’s UCLA Horror course. Her poetry has been nominated for the 2017 and 2018 Rhysling awards, and her fiction has been longlisted for the 2015 Carter V. Cooper (Vanderbilt)/Exile Short Fiction Competition... Read More →
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Madona Skaff

Mystery and SF Author
I've published several short stories and a mystery novel, Journey of a Thousand Steps about a woman recently disabled by MS, turns sleuth to find her friend. The sequel, Death by Association will be released spring of 2020. I'm proud to announce that I have a short story in Nothing... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
3 Brasseurs Canada 240 SPARKS STREET, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6C9