• 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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Contributing Authors:

Faith Adiele, Kelli Russell AgodonKwame Alexander, Alistair Bane, Misha BersonRobin Black, Richard Blanco, Logan BlantonJenna BlumGayle BrandeisSommer Browning, Abigail Carter, Claudia Castro Luna, Ching-in Chen, Serena ChopraEwa ChruscielMeg Waite ClaytonAndrea King Collier, Greg Colucci, Elizabeth Dimarco, Sarah Domet, Andre Dubus III, Teri ElamW. Ralph Eubanks, Amber Flame, Ana Hebra FlasterJamie FordGina FrangelloJulie GardnerNikki GiovanniMichelle Goodman, Deborah Green, Lise HainesSadia HassanJennifer Haupt, Christine HempSusan Henderson, Patricia HenleyJane Hirshfield, Pam Houston, Major JacksonScott JamesSonora Jha, Margot Kahn, Jessica Keener, Kathleen Kenneth, Stephen P. Kiernan,  Eson KimSally KoslowJean KwokDevi S. Laskar, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón,  Roberto Lovato,  Rebecca Mabanglo-MayorShana Mahaffey, Catherine MatthewsDonna MiscoltaDinty W. MooreJanuary Gill O’NeilPaulette Perhach, McKenna PrincingRuben QuesadaAnna Quinn, Peter G. QuinnDawn Raffel, Susan Rich, Molly Ringle, Elizabeth RosnerJennifer RosnerKevin SampsellSandra SarrDani Shapiro, David Sheff, David Shields, N. L. Shompole, Jennie Shortridge, Michael Shou-Yung Shum,  Laura Stanfill, Donna Baier Stein, Garth Stein, Melissa Studdard, Grace Talusan, Martha Anne Toll, Lena Khalaf TuffahaLuis Alberto Urrea, Jaclyn WattersonMichelle WildgenSteve YarbroughKristen Millares YoungLidia Yuknavitch

Alone Together

This collection of essays, poems, and interviews serves as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during a time of isolation as well as a historical perspective that will remain relevant for years to come. All proceeds are being donated 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 almost one hundred authors and business partners to contribute their work, free of charge, to support 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, Luis Alberto Urrea, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Devi S. Laskar, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch. 

The overarching theme of the book is how this age of isolation and uncertainty is changing us as individuals and a society and is divided into five sections: What Now?, Grieve, Comfort, Connect, and Don’t Stop!. 


“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 

“Jennifer Haupt’s timely and moving anthology also benefits the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, making it a project that is noble in both word and deed.” — Ann Patchett, Bestselling author, bookseller, and Co-Ambassador for The Book Industry Charitable Foundation

“A heartening gathering of writers joining forces for community support.” —  Kirkus Reviews

“These are powerful messages of unity and hope in a time of isolation and despair. Alone Together is a very important work that has emerged from a very dark time.” —  Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Bad Sister and The Betrayed Wife

“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