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Maternity Rolls Book Launch - June 7, 2010

Author Heather Kuttai stopped by McNally Robinson to celebrate the release of her groundbreaking book, Maternity Rolls. Heather’s appearance was part of her cross-Canadian book tour and Winnipeggers gave her a welcome most warm.

Hearing Heather speak was quite an experience; it was impossible not to get absorbed in her intelligence and passion or to be unmoved by her emotional, incredible story.

Heather talked about the car accident that left her spinal-cord injured at age 6, how she remembers thinking she would never be “pretty” or “feminine.” She spoke of her marriage and pregnancies, and the jaw-droppingly ignorant, hurtful remarks made by others. Perhaps carrying the most emotional weight was Heather’s anger and frustration at our society - a society which overlooks and de-humanizes people living with a disability. Even the word itself, “disability,” exposes this underlying oppression in our society.

Heather’s story, and her call for change, is one that needs to be heard.

Posted on August 6th, 2010 in Book Launches

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