Elsa Sjunneson with Annalee Newitz
Seattle writer Elsa Sjunneson, a seven-time Hugo Award finalist speculative fiction writer, this evening virtually launches her powerful, compelling, much-awaited first non-fiction book, Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism (Tiller Press/Simon & Schuster) in a program hosted by our friends at The Seattle Public Library.
“Being Seen is a sharp, necessary book. Sjunneson's clarity of thought and entertaining prose illuminate her life and our world. A powerful and resonant reading experience.” —Kat Howard.
“With sharpened words aimed squarely at a cultural image that marginalizes disabled women, Elsa Sjunneson is an emerging icon. Being Seen is her unkindest cut; sparing no one from the frank truth of her life as a Deafblind woman and filleting the intersections of identity with her trademark incisive logic and vulnerable memoir. This book will leave scars.”—Meg Elison.
“A riotous blend of memoir and cultural criticism that defies expectations on nearly every page. Being Seen persuasively argues that it is not only the disabled body that must adapt to the world but also the world that must adapt around the disabled body.” —M. Leona Godin.
Joining Elsa Sjunneson in virtual conversation will be Annalee Newitz, who writes both science fiction and nonfiction, with the former including the Lambda Literary Award-winning novels The Future of Another Timeline and Autonomous and the latter including Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age.
Presented by The Seattle Public Library (www.spl.org) and Elliott Bay Book Company.
This will also be presented in ASL and CART Closed Caption.