In celebration of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we at Libro.fm asked Women & Children First—a queer and disabled-owned bookstore in Chicago, Illinois—to curate a quiz showcasing audiobooks by authors with disabilities that extend beyond existing tropes.
“For too long, disabled authors were only allowed to write memoir, and those memoirs could only be 1) tragic pity parties, or 2) inspirational tales of superhuman resilience,” say the Women & Children First booksellers. “The books on this list center disabled people’s full humanity, embracing the messy contradictions, the dark humor, the nuanced politics, and—yes—the joy. The publishing industry still has a long way to go in regard to supporting disabled people to write beyond memoir, but these recommendations make us hopeful for a more expansive future.”
Read on to take the quiz and explore our playlist with audiobooks written by authors with disabilities.
“The books on this list center disabled people’s full humanity, embracing the messy contradictions, the dark humor, the nuanced politics, and—yes—the joy.”Women & Children First