Alone Together

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Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 is a collection of essays, poems, and interviews to serve as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during this stressful time of isolation as well as a historical perspective that will remain relevant for years to come. Jennifer Haupt, editor and curator of this anthology, and Central Avenue Publishing, as well as all contributing authors, are donating net profits to The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. In response to the pandemic, Jennifer Haupt rallied more than 90 authors to contribute their work to Alone Together, free of charge, to support struggling independent booksellers forced to close their doors.

The roster of diverse voices includes: Faith Adiele, Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch.


Jennifer Haupt’s favorite pastimes are traveling solo and finding new stories of people and cultures, fine-tuning Spotify playlists, walking in the woods with her double-doodle, and playing board games with her husband of 25-plus years and two grown sons.

Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, The Seattle Times, Spirituality & Health, The Sun, and many other publications. She also writes about creating a blueprint for your book and the how to have a satisfying writing life for Writers Digest, the Hugo House blog and other outlets.

Winner – Washington State Book Award

“Among the first anthologies of its kind, this thoughtful and engaging compilation is recommended for readers seeking understanding and connection and a more empathetic and less materialistic post–­COVID-19 world.”–Starred Review – Library Journal

Alone Together connects writers, readers, and booksellers in a wonderfully imaginative way. It’s a really good book for a really good cause.”—James Patterson, Bestselling author, and Co-Ambassador for The Book Industry Charitable Foundation

“A remarkable anthology of responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. Anyone who has weathered the past few months will find something in here that speaks to them.”—Publishers Weekly