Shane Burcaw

Sunday, September 9, 2PM

Wild Rumpus is excited to welcome to the store Shane Burcaw, author of Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability. Join us for what is sure to be a fun, entertaining, and informative event with a very cool author who also happens to be the co-founder of the non-profit Laughing At My Nightmare.

Sunday, 9 September 2018 - 2:00pm
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability Cover Image
By Shane Burcaw, Matt Carr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626727717
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 7th, 2017

Not So Different offers a humorous, relatable, and refreshingly honest glimpse into Shane Burcaw's life. Shane tackles many of the mundane and quirky questions that he's often asked about living with a disability, and shows readers that he's just as approachable, friendly, and funny as anyone else.

Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles' growth. As a result, his body hasn't grown bigger and stronger as he's gotten older--it's gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn't stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.

Laughing at My Nightmare Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250080103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2016

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease.

Event Address: 
2720 West 43rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410
United States