Letters with Smokie Book Launch

  • October 21, 2023
  • 7:30pm EDT
  • Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas Street, Toronto

Letters with Smokie

Blindness and More-than-Human Relations

Rod Michalko (Author), Dan Goodley (Author)

Letters with Smokie captures an epistolic exchange between Dan Goodley and Rod Michalko, or rather, Rod Michalko's late guide dog, Smokie. A lively exploration of human-animal relationships and disability as disruption, disturbance, and art, the book offers a refreshing re-evaluation of cultural misunderstandings of disability.

Please join Rod Michalko and Dan Goodley for the launch of their book Letters with Smokie. The two disability scholars will be discussing human-animal relationships, disability as disruption, and whether blindness might be reconceptualized and “befriended.”


Rod Michalko is a retired professor from the University of Toronto where he taught disability studies. His current writing, both fiction and non-fiction, stems from his experience of blindness.

Dan Goodley is professor of Disability Studies and Education at the University of Sheffield. Previous books include Disability and Other Human Questions (Emerald, 2020) and Disability Studies (second edition, Sage, 2016).

University of Manitoba Press is grateful for the support it receives for its publishing program from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism; the Manitoba Arts Council; and the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme.