Dear BookSwell Fans,
We’ve been paying close attention to how writers, publishers, bookstores, literary organization, and public health officials sare adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s what we know about the current situation:
- Federal, state, and county health officials are canceling large gatherings and closing public spaces. They’re also recommending social distancing to prevent the spread of illness.
- Many local book event venues have canceled or postponed their upcoming author events through the end of March and beyond.
- The writers and readers we support come from marginalized communities and may be particularly vulnerable.
Actions we’re taking to support the local literary sector:
- Re-orienting our daily email newsletter and social media posts to share information and chronicle how the literary scene is adapting to challenging circumstances.
- Revising our weekly email newsletter and social media posts to highlight books and authors with canceled events and directing readers to local bookstores.
- Moving our podcast recording sessions online rather than in person.
- Offering discounted rates for recording and hosting online literary readings and panels.
Stay informed by visiting:
- California Office of Emergency Services website: https://www.caloes.ca.gov/
- LA County emergency information: https://lacounty.gov/covid19/
- CDC information about coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
As my writer friend AS Youngless put it recently, “coronavirus can’t stop art.” We’ll continue to connect readers and writers. Stay safe out there.