Ephemera reading series banner: A pale pink-biege sky with flocks of black birds flying near the moon

First reading ever of Iris and the Crew to happen live at ephemera on March 15, 2023!

You could have knocked me over with a feather when KT Bryski sent me an email this week, asking me to read at the next ephemera event. For those who don’t know it, ephemera is a multi-award-nominated reading series run by awesome humans KT Bryski and Jen Albert. It used to be an in-person event but has been streamed live on YouTube since the pandemic came to Canada. Every month, usually the third week, these events take place with wonderful readers and performing artists!

You can subscribe to their YouTube channel at this link to watch past or future events: https://youtube.com/@EphemeraSeries

So, yeah, I was invited to read! Honestly, I was so honoured and frankly, stunned. But what a wonderful opportunity for me to share words from my new book, Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space! I’ve already chosen the excerpt, too!

If you would like to listen to me read, please go to the Live section option on ephemera YouTube channel on March 15 at 7pm EST! The entire event is about an hour long and will remain on their channel (in the Live section) afterwards!

I’m still full of squees! And very grateful for the opportunity!

*bounces up and down*

Hope you can join us!


A greyscale close-up of me, standing in front of a blank background. I am a white woman with short silver hair cropped closely on the sides. I am wearing dark metallic rimmed glasses with rhinestones on the side. I’m wearing silver hook earrings with flat beads and a plaid shirt.

Cait Gordon is an autistic, disabled, and queer Canadian writer of speculative fiction that celebrates diversity. She is the author of Life in the ’CosmThe Stealth Lovers, and the forthcoming Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space (2023). Cait also founded the Spoonie Authors Network and joined Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the multi-genre disability fiction anthologies Nothing Without Us and Nothing Without Us Too. 

Featured photo is the official ephemera FB page banner.


Con banner: A rounded teal shape with white text: Exploring Story Structure, and green text: Storycrafting Sessions. The Weeknight Writers logo is beside it: A green open circle with a black bird holding a black fountain pen and purple ink splattering out of it.

I’ll be a panelist at the Weeknight Writers Exploring Story Structure Con on July 3!

Squee! I love these virtual cons, and Canadian Fantasy Author Dianna Gunn knows how to put together a great one-day event! It’s FREE, too!

Con banner: A rounded teal shape with white text: Exploring Story Structure, and green text: Storycrafting Sessions. The Weeknight Writers logo is beside it: A green open circle with a black bird holding a black fountain pen and purple ink splattering out of it.

I’m so excited to be a panelist for Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion (11am-12pm EDT, July 3), with moderator Steven Savage and fellow panelists Stephen Graham King, Crystal Storm, and Jenn Gott.

Check out the entire schedule here. I can’t wait to learn all the things!


Greyscale headshot of Cait Gordon wearing a dark shirt.


Cait Gordon is a disability advocate for the written word who wants us to keep thinking of each other’s safety during this pandemic!

Cait is also the author of humorous space opera novels Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers, and she is the co-editor of the Prix Aurora Award nominated anthology Nothing Without Us. When Cait’s not writing, she’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. Her latest new adventure is hosting the In the ’Cosm podcast, which is really an excuse to gush over creative humans she admires.

ID: I’m at my desk. Zoom background of a soft brown with the cover of Nothing Without Us. I’m wearing my silver and black headphones and a white tee that says, “I think so, Brain..."

I went to university for the second time, but not as a student…

ID: I’m at my desk. Zoom background of a soft brown with the cover of Nothing Without Us. I’m wearing my silver and black headphones and a white tee that says, “I think so, Brain..."
All mic’d up and ready to Zoom!

So, I never went to university. Life’s circumstances were such that I needed to work full-time at age 19 in order to be able to survive on my own. But it was fine because I had a diploma in Electrotechnology and Industrial Automation at the C.E.G.E.P. level in Québec, so this meant I could work at a cool place and write about airplane simulators. My fave memory of that job was once when the simulator froze, so we all had to leave the cockpit and go out for coffee. Not something I suspect is typically done in real life at 30, 000 feet above ground. (We just had to go down a short ladder to the warehouse floor, so all was well.)

I’ve often felt insecure that I don’t have a degree, but my work experience made up for it, and when I entered the publishing realm in 2016, I found myself surrounded by highly-educated people. But, they were lovely and not snobs. At least the people I interacted with had been great.

When Nothing Without Us was published and became the physical manifestation of a curiosity I had—I would love to have a collection of stories where all the authors are disabled, but I’m not sure how to do it—it was a pretty exciting time. Seeing the authors so thrilled to be part of the anthology and forming friendships and a community of their own had been an unexpected delight.

But when Derek Newman-Stille announced to Talia and me in late 2019 that the anthology would be part of a syllabus in their disabilities studies course, it felt like a dream come true. I said something like, “I’ve never been to uni, but a book with my name on it is going!”

Another shock had been Derek’s invitation to have Talia and I speak to their students as guest lecturers. Gulp. But we did, and it was fun.

I had no idea the anthology would be taught a second time, in this winter 2021 semester, and we would be invited to speak to the students again. But it happened. On March 4, Talia and I zoomed ourselves into the online class, and answered many incredible questions from the students. And time flew by. We even stayed on an hour and twenty minutes more than planned because the conversations had been so engaging.

Any insecurities I feel about “not being as educated” are mine alone to conquer. Because in reality, there are many paths to an education. Also, I love learning. I just have to do it in a way that fits how my brain brains.

And it felt wonderful to contribute to the conversations about the experiences Talia and I had gone through with co-editing an anthology for the first time: how we chose stories, our feelings about disability representation in fiction, and our opinions about how autistic folks are represented in stories as well. Students even wanted to know how we felt during this pandemic, and that was a meaty discussion as well.

In short: it was pretty darned awesome. I felt honoured to participate.

Many, many thanks to Derek and their wonderful students. You folks were the highlight of my week.

Thanks also to Talia because there would not have been an anthology without her. I would have dived into The Overwhelm™ as a lone editor-in-chief. So, muchly appreciated, Brain. Narf!

In September this year, we’ll be taking submissions for Nothing Without Us, Too. The adventure continues! (If you’re interested in picking up the first anthology, you can find it here or at Renaissance!)

Thanks, once again, to all of our readers! Because of your support, this wee book is provoking healthy conversations!

There are just not enough cupcakes to show my appreciation. Cheers!


Cait Gordon is a disability advocate who wants everyone to be wise and think of others as we battle COVID-19!

Cait is also the author of humorous space opera novels Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers, and she is the co-editor of the Prix Aurora Award nominated anthology Nothing Without Us. When Cait’s not writing, she’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. Her latest new adventure is hosting the In the ’Cosm podcast, which is really an excuse to gush over authors she admires.

FREE Virtual Writers Con, hosted by Renaissance Press! Apply now!

How cool is this? My publisher, Press Renaissance Press, is hosting a FREE online writers conference on June 6-7, 2020! They’re taking applications until May 7, 2020 if you want to participate. There will be readings, panels, and an online vendor room, too!

Are you a reader, author, publisher, or small business? Learn more and apply here! And please spread the word! I think it’s going to be a BLAST!

(I’ve applied, and will let you know what I’ll be doing that weekend as soon as I find out!)


Cait Gordon, in a black and white digital sketch

Cait Gordon is a disability advocate who wants everyone to pummel that curve!

She’s also the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. When Cait’s not writing, she’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She also teamed up with Kohenet Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the Nothing Without Us anthology in an attempt to take over the world.

Me on a large screen about to read remotely!

Last weekend, I fell in love with Glad Day Bookshop!

If you’ve been following my Twitter posts for the past several weeks, you know how much I had been looking forward to launching The Stealth Lovers and Nothing Without Us at Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto. I’d heard amazing things about this bookstore for years from my author friends and was honoured Glad Day would include TSL and NWU among their many fine titles!

Another thing you probably know is that I manage a disability with unpredictable symptoms. I try my best to put things in place to curb flare-ups and fatigue spells. In fact, I had slowed everything down in my life just for the planned overnight trip to Toronto on November 30. I even got in a physiotherapy session over a week before, to loosen some of my musculoskeletal stiffness. I was making sure to nap every day, too. Basically, I did everything in my power to gather up all my spoons.

Then on the Monday of that week, I picked up an empty laundry basket and turned to the left. Like I’d done a million times in my life. But not all of me turned at the same time, obviously, because my back went out. Badly. Of course I was alone at home and found myself unable to walk. That was super fun.

Anyway, it became clear over the next 48-hour period, as my spine and legs flared in response to that injury, I wasn’t going to be able to recover quickly enough for Saturday. Sitting is difficult for me on my best days, let alone having to take a train for almost five hours one way. I was crestfallen to announce to my publisher and co-editor that I wouldn’t be able to make it.

Boy, did I feel low. I’d tried everything to be fine, and a freak movement had done me in.

But never fear! There is a hero in this story! Nathan from Renaissance asked Michael Lyons from Glad Day if it would be possible if we could use technology to have me read remotely. As I awaited the reply, I asked Talia if she would do my reading of The Stealth Lovers for me.

Michael came through and then some! Not only could we use Skype to video conference me in, they would project me onto a large screen and use speakers so the audience could see and hear me. Michael was also so helpful during the setup because I felt I was in an isolation booth at home. But his thumbs up and cheerful presence put me right at ease!

Me on a large screen at Glad Day Bookshop, about to read remotely to a live audience!
That’s me on the big screen, waiting to read. To the right is Una Verdandi, who was our charming emcee. Author Dianna Gunn is to the left, filming the event, which also included author Su Sokol (reading Run J Run) and several Nothing Without Us authors! That blond head in the middle is my BFF and co-editor of NWU, Talia C. Johnson.

Isn’t that considerably awesome? You know, I spend so much of my daily energy exhausted from inaccessibility or ableism that either I experience or that I witness others go through. For once I have a feel-good story where the allies actually deserve that term. There was no fuss, only support. I never felt like a burden but a welcome guest. And I know Michael and Glad Day wouldn’t toot their own horns about helping me, so I’m doing it. TOOT, TOOT, TOOT!

These are good people.

I wish more bookshops would consider this for disabled authors. Some disabled people can travel around more easily than others. It really depends on the disability and how one experiences it. Sure, it’s great being there in person, but it’s not always feasible. I much prefer reading to an audience while I’m with them, yet this was a great option in case my body couldn’t body properly.

I think cons should consider this as well, for special guests who want to participate, but physically cannot be there. Perhaps combining launches or panels where there are people present and some remotely can be the ticket.

Anyway, I am smitten with Glad Day now, and am not only happy their bookshop is accessible, but also their staff care about offering support so everyone can feel important and included.

Good on you, Glad Day Bookshop. You rock!

If you’re in Toronto, visit them at 499 Church Street. You can also follow them on Twitter @GDBooks. Nothing Without Us, The Stealth Lovers, and Run J Run (by Su Sokol) should be on their shelves!


Cait Gordon, in a black and white digital sketch
Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is a disability advocate and the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She also teamed up with Kohenet Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the Nothing Without Us anthology in an attempt to take over the world. Narf.

Book covers for The Stealth Lovers and Nothing Without Us

Update: Here’s where you can buy The Stealth Lovers and Nothing Without Us!

Last night (October 5) at the multi-author book launch hosted by Presses Renaissance Press, I read from The Stealth Lovers and also got my copy of Nothing Without Us. It never stops being magical—holding the paperbacks of my work for the first time. *happy sigh*

I thought I’d provide an update where you can buy my new novel and anthology. And thanks to all who have already supported these books!

The Stealth Lovers

Cover of The Stealth Lovers. Two men in flight suits, one with coral scales and the other mauve, are about to engage in a kiss while standing on a snowy mountaintop under an aurora-filled sky. Overhead flies a stealth fighter.

A military space opera and romance story of two beloved characters from Life in the ’Cosm! If you adored Xax and Viv before, just wait until you read The Stealth Lovers—their origin story! From meeting at age nineteen during basic training and throughout their many adventures as the warriors known as The Stealth, you’ll find yourself drawn into the microcosm of a couple who can be best described as legendary, formidable, and fabulous.

Add to your Goodreads “Want to Read” list!

Paperback

Ebook

Nothing Without Us

Nothing Without Us book cover. Russet bricks covered with faded paint in tan, yellow, red, and aqua. Spray-painted in bold black letters is the phrase: Nothing Without US

We are the heroes, not the sidekicks. Nothing Without Us is an own-voice, multi-genre collection of fiction stories where the protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or they manage mental illness. These are 22 tales told in our voices, but important for everyone to experience. Foreword by eight-time Prix Aurora Award winner Derek Newman-Stille.

Add to your Goodreads “Want to Read” list!

Paperback

EBook

Audiobook

(Downloadable)

(Downloadable)


Cait Gordon, in a black and white digital sketch
Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is a disability advocate and the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She also teamed up with Kohenet Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the Nothing Without Us anthology in an attempt to take over the world. Narf.

The Author’s Journey hosts Cait Gordon

In late 2017, I was interviewed by the delightful Mony Dojeiji on The Author’s Journey. We talked about what got me into writing, how I love my drums, what my faith means to me, and the Spoonie Authors Network.

(Btw, I know it’s “raised my hands,” but considering I suffer from fibro fog, I am quite pleased with how everything went!)

To my fans, readers, fellow authors, and those who tolerate me…

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Happy Christmas and have a fantastic 2018!

I wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season and all the best for the new year. This year had its challenges, but knowing you were out there supporting me gave me the motivation to continue writing and doing all the things!

In 2017, some cool writer stuff happened:

  • My first book, Life in the ’Cosm, had a second print round. (The latest edition includes words of praise on the back cover by two authors I really respect!)
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  • Speculating Canada’s Derek Newman-Stille interviewed me on Trent Radio. We talked about writing characters with disabilities, cosplaying, Life in the ’Cosm, and then spent the rest of the time laughing.
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  • I discovered a new joy with writing short stories. Two of my stories are awaiting a verdict as to whether they’ll appear in anthologies!
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  • I moderated my first panel at Limestone Genre Expo called When to Listen to and When to Ignore Writing Advice. I also sat on two other panels.
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  • My poem Invisible was published in Lady literary magazine.
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  • I participated in a couple of super-cool panels at Can-Con 2017: Spooning with Spoonies: Disability and Sexuality (a Spoonie Authors Network panel) and Absurdist British Humour in Speculative Fiction.
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  • Author and presenter Mony Dojeiji interviewed me on The Author’s Journey. We talked about my story as a writer and other cool things, like The Spoonie Authors Network. (Video coming in early 2018!)
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  • Renaissance press invited me to provide words of praise for S.M. Carrière’s Daughters of Britain and John Haas’ The Reluctant Barbarian. (It made me feel so important, like my opinion mattered!)
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  • I had mad fun at the Renaissance table during Ottawa Geek Market, Ottawa Comiccon, and Queer Between the Covers in Montreal. It’s fun meeting people and being silly with my fellow authors and the Renaissance press staff.
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  • I met or got to know more authors this year who I am proud to call my friends, like Jamieson Wolf, Stephen Graham King, and ’Nathan Burgoine, to name a few. (Meeting authors is FUN!)
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  • Contrary to belief (in myself), I wrote just over 50,000 words during my first-ever NaNoWriMo for the Xax and Viv biography, The Stealth Lovers. Once again, I engaged on a “well, I’ll try this” journey, and so far, I am loving the manuscript. What’s really been nice is that people have volunteered to beta-read it, and I’m not even done! That makes me happy.

While I loved discovering short stories, NaNoWriMo helped light the fire back under my butt for novel writing. My plan is to submit (God-willing) The Stealth Lovers in 2018, and then go back to Life in Another ’Cosm.

But in the meantime, I am going to enjoy my holidays, eat perhaps a little too much cake, and chill like an ice cube at the North Pole.

Again, all the best to you! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! My best hopes for you and yours in 2018. ❤


cgauthorCait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a comedic space opera where boy meets girl, but girl doesn’t notice boy because she’s sharing a body with another boy. She is also the creator and editor of the Spoonie Authors Network. You can follow Cait on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Author Appearance: Ottawa Geek Market

Ottawa Geek Market
Saturday April 1, 1-6 pm
Sunday April 2, 2017, 1-4 pm
Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue

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Look, Ma, I’m a magical sweary elf who reads space opera!

I’ll be cosplaying as Hannah from Rat Queens on Saturday April 1, and will be at the Renaissance table selling and signing books!

On Sunday I’ll be cosplaying as a Vulcan and sitting at the Ladies Who Trek table. Why not buy Life in the ‘Cosm at the Renaissance table and bring it to me to sign? Or you can bring a copy you’ve already bought and I’ll gladly sign it.

Hope to see you there!