• Jennifer Haupt
  • September 1, 2020
  • Fiction | 256pp
  • Trade Paper  978-1-77168-228-2  $16.99
  • Ebook  978-1-77168-229-9  $12.99
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Alone Together

ALONE TOGETHER: Love, Grief, and Comfort During 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, Ms. 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 Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Luis Alberto Urrea, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch. 

ALONE TOGETHER is divided into four sections: Love, Grief, Comfort, and Possibilities. The overarching theme is how this age of isolation and uncertainty is changing us as individuals and a society.


“Since the Foundation was created in 1996 we have always and continue to serve booksellers who need a helping hand with personal household expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, medical emergencies, and other unforeseen emergency circumstances due to hardship. Binc has been able to meet the current need that sellers and store owners are facing thanks to the generosity of book lovers from across the nation.  We are proud that we can say, ‘independent doesn’t mean alone.’ We are honored to be part of this anthology as it marks a time when this community came together in extraordinary ways.”  — Pamela French, Executive Director – Book Industry Charitable Foundation