Belo Miguel Cipriani - Firsts: Coming of Age Stories By People With Disabilities - Virtual Book Tour

Memoir/Creative nonfiction/anthology

Date Published: October 1st, 2018

Publisher: Oleb Books

Take a step back in time with some of the best writers with disabilities as they recount their first adventure, their first heartbreak, and the first time the unexpected treaded into their life. From body transformations to social setbacks, to love affairs and family trauma, Firsts collects the most thought-provoking and exciting stories of our time by people with disabilities. Contributors include Nigel David Kelly, Kimberly Gerry-Tucker, Caitlin Hernandez, Andrew Gurza, and David-Elijah Nahmod

Virtual Book Tour - October 8  - November 16 

October 8 - RABT Book Tours - Kick Off

October 9 - Book Reviews by Virginia Lee - Spotlight

October 10 - What is That Book About - Excerpt

October 11 - - Spotlight

October 12 - Bookish Reviews - Excerpt

October 13 - Just Because Reviews - Excerpt

October 15 - Nana's Book Reviews - Spotlight

October 16 - The Avid Reader - Interview

October 17 - Book Addict - Spotlight

October 18 - Novel News Network - Review

October 19 - Our Wolves Den - Spotlight

October 22 - Jazzy's Book Reviews - Spotlight

October 23 - Truly Trendy - Excerpt

October 24 - Bound 2 Escape - Spotlight

October 25 - This and That Book Blog - Guest Post

October 26 - Stephanie's Book Reviews - Spotlight*

October 29 - The Bookworm Lodge - Spotlight

October 30 - A Life Through Books - Interview

October 31 - Tea Time and Books - Spotlight

November 1 - Adventures Thru Wonderland - Review

November 2 - T's Stuff - Spotlight

November 4 - Silver Dagger Scriptorium - Spotlight

November 5 - Dina Rae Writes Stuff - Spotlight

November 6 - The Indie Express - Review

November 7 - Momma Says to Read or Not to Read - Spotlight

November 8 - Musings of a Reader - Spotlight

November 9 - Texas Book Nook - Review

November 12 - Momma and Her Stories - Excerpt

November 13 - On a Reading Bender - Review

November 14 - My Reading Addiction - Interview

November 15 - Beach Bound Books - Spotlight

November 16 - 

November 16 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

Belo Miguel Cipriani is a columnist with the Bay Area Reporter. In 2017, his column on disability issues was recognized by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

He is the author of Blind: A Memoir (2011), which received an Honorable Mention for Best Nonfiction Book by the 2011 Rainbow Awards, and an Honorable Mention for Best Culture Book by the 2012 Eric Hoffer Awards.

He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary and Yaddo, and was the first blind writer to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Cipriani has guest lectured at Yale University, University of San Francisco, and University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, and was the Writer-in-Residence at Holy Names University from 2012 to 2016.

His writing has appeared in several publications, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Business Insider, and HuffPost. He was a contributor to the Ed Baxter Morning Show on iHeart Radio, and was also a frequent commentator on San Francisco’s KGO Radio, as well as on several NPR shows.

Cipriani has received numerous awards for his disability advocacy work, including being named “Best Disability Advocate” by SF Weekly (2015), an “Agent of Change” by HuffPost (2015), and an “ABC7 Star” by KGO-TV (2016). He was also honored as the first blind Grand Marshal at San Francisco’s 45th Annual Gay Pride Parade.

He currently works at the Center for Academic Excellence at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, where he helps students improve their writing skills.


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Twitter: @beloism



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5 autographed copies of the paper back version


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