Oleb Books: Disability Publisher

Based out of Minneapolis, disability publisher Oleb Books seeks to expand representation of disability in literature, or D Lit, by publishing disability stories by writers with disabilities.


Out Now! Oleb Books’ debut title, Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities. Click here to buy on Amazon.

Book cover for Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities, edited by Belo Miguel Cipriani

“Powerful and intimate self-portraits from writers who have much to teach readers.”

Kirkus Reviews (click here to read the full review)

“I feel like I was given a ring of keys, and that each one allowed me to enter a different world. Each narrator is unique, each world fascinating — at turns heartbreaking, funny and hopeful — and yes, disability is centerstage but it’s not the only thing that makes these characters jump off the page.”

Amy Silverman — commentator, KJZZ, the NPR member station in Phoenix, Arizona, and the author of My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love and Down Syndrome”

Firsts: The Mini Documentary Series

Based on Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities, the miniseries profiles three of the book’s contributors. It was shot by San Francisco-based filmmaker Karina Sturm, and dives deep into the experience of being a writer with a disability. Watch episode 2, featuring author Caitlin Hernandez, below, and either visit the Firsts book page or check out our YouTube channel for more.


Disability Literature: The Rise of D Lit in Publishing

By Belo Cipriani On a chilly November afternoon in 2008, I tapped my white cane down Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, California and entered Pegasus Books. At that time, I had only been blind for a year, and often found a lot of my questions about disability answered by disability stories. A charismatic woman greeted me, …

3-Step Reading Comprehension Guide to Reading Like a Writer

By Julie Webb Many people sound like strong readers because they read accurately and with good expression. Yet when asked to discuss and interpret what they read, these readers aren’t sure where to begin. Their inner thoughts churn, they pause, and panic sets in. They ask themselves, what did I just read? What was the …

Meet Author Andrew Gurza: Shining a Bright Light on Sex and Disability

By Caitlin Hernandez Oleb Books author Andrew Gurza, a self-identified “queer cripple,” not only writes, speaks, and tweets about his experiences, but also hosts a podcast about disability and has become well-known for his ability to spread awareness about the intersection between the queer and disabled communities. Having earned his masters degree in legal studies …