Saddlebags and Paperbacks
AMA-chartered motorcycle club spreads stuttering awareness through Nina’s Ride
February 7, 2023
By Joe Perfecto
On a Saturday morning in mid-October, some rather uncommon delivery vehicles rumbled through Sacramento-area neighborhoods, bearing cargo bound for some equally uncommon destinations.
Leaving from the Capital City Motorcycle Club’s clubhouse and covering nearly 100 miles, three motorcyclists traveled to 15 Little Free Library book-sharing boxes to deliver books as part of the inaugural running of Nina’s Ride — named after San Francisco Bay Area comedian, author and public speaker Nina G, who has attained much success despite possessing a stutter.
“Earlier this year I went to a comedy show,” said Capital City Motorcycle club member Joe de Leon, “and Nina was one of the comedians, and after her show she was selling a couple of her books. One was a memoir about her experience as a stuttering woman who experienced stigma and all kinds of other barriers to being a comedian. I read that book and was super inspired.”
“I bought 20 of her books, and I thought I could get them to 20 different libraries around town to get the word out — we could spread awareness about stuttering,” he said. “[Then] I learned that Nina also wrote a children’s book on disability accommodations, and I bought 20 of those.”
The books by Nina G that de Leon and crew delivered just in time for International Stuttering Awareness Day (Oct. 22) are Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen and Once Upon an Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities.
Stuttering, an incurable but often manageable condition, affects about one in 100 people around the world, and about 3 million in the United States.
“What a Little Free Library does is amplifies a local voice,” de Leon said. “When you take [a book] to your little library, then your neighbors can read that same story and maybe have the same experience. I love the idea of [book] sharing. It’s a way to connect with the community.”
“We received a warm welcome from several little libraries — a couple even gave us snacks,” de Leon continued. “We definitely plan to do it again next year!”