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- Writer's Voice - 20131213- Susan Nussbaum

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Good Kings Bad Kings"Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel" by Susan Nussbaum, won the 2012 PEN/Bellwethr Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, among many accolades. Well known novelist Barbara Kingsolver says "This is fiction at its best...A stunning accomplishment."  The LA Review of Books called it "an easy book to love and admire."

What makes this books such a standout?  Well, start with the fact that the main characters are living in an institution for young adults with disabilities, but the story is about their lives, not their disabilities.  Nussbaum herself was hit by a car when she was in her 20's, leaving her a wheelchair-user.  She became an acclaimed playwright and disability rights activist.  In an aritcle for Huffington Post, Nussbaum wrote "Can't there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because?  where the topic doesn't ever come up?  All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character... you know, just like real people."

Good Kings Bad Kings" is Nussbaum's first novel. Please join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how this book came to be, and how it has made a difference.