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Writers Reading Disability, 2007

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Harriet McBryde Johnson – lawyer, author, activist – reading from her unconventional memoir, Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life and from her distinctive youth fiction, Accidents of Nature.

Moderated by Erika Rosenfeld, writer, editor and former Globe and Mail journalist. 

Harriet McBryde Johnson
July 8, 1957 - June 4, 2008.

We were privileged at the School of Disability Studies to spend two days in the thrall of Harriet McBryde Johnson's storytelling and freedom-fighting philosophy, during what turned out to be the final year of her life. To learn more of her writing, her activism and her legacy, we recommend a visit to



Harriet McBryde Johnson, at Ryerson University in May 2007.


CBC Radio Interview with Andy Barrie, for Metro Morning, May 10, 2007 (*Audio only, RealPlayer required)

Telethons' cost is in dignity.  Commentary and remembrance by Helen Henderson for the Toronto Star, September 6, 2008.

Ryerson media advisory, May 3, 2007

A large audience listens intently as Harriet McBryde Johnson reads from "Too Late to Die Young".