Kendra Winchester

Kendra Winchester is a Contributing Editor for Book Riot where she writes about audiobooks and disability literature. She is also the Founder of Read Appalachia, which celebrates Appalachian literature and writing. Previously, Kendra co-founded and served as Executive Director for Reading Women, a podcast that gained an international following over its six-season run. In her off hours, you can find her writing on her Substack, Winchester Ave, and posting photos of her Corgis on Instagram and Twitter @kdwinchester.

On Being Ill with Virginia Woolf

As I read Woolf’s description of the transformation that an illness can have on the mind, I felt as if I was being seen for the first time.

8 of’s Most Pre-Ordered Books of Summer 2023

These are's most pre-ordered books of summer 2023. What are you eager to listen to?

Visit with These Appalachian Memoirs

For a native Appalachian, there's something comforting about a visit with Appalachian memoirs.

10 Books about Disability for Kids and Teens

These books about disability for kids and teens include representation of kids with limb difference, hearing aids, mobility aids, and more.

Appalachian Futures: Fighting for Appalachian Literature’s Bright Future

The discussion of Appalachian Literature in the bookish world has remained stuck on Hillbilly Elegy, but its future is much more exciting, including books like Tar Hollow Trans by Stacy Jane Grover.

8 Disabled Poets to Add to Your Poetry Month TBR

These award-winning disabled poets write about their intersecting identities, examining how being disabled colors their experiences. Start with The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus.

10 of’s Most Preordered Audiobooks for Spring 2023

Check out the new audiobooks users are most excited to listen to in spring 2023, including new R. F. Kuang and Emily Henry books!

8 of the Best Audiobooks from the First Quarter of 2023

Listen your way into some of the best audiobooks from the beginning of 2023. It's off to a bang!

8 Books About Appalachian True Stories

Skip that one book you know about Appalachia and instead, pick up these outstanding works of Appalachian nonfiction.

Better Than Nothing? Exploring the Limitations of AI-Narrated Audiobooks from a Disabled Person’s Perspective

I’m tired of being told that I should be grateful for “better than nothing.” “Better than nothing” is not equitable access.