Jennifer Haupt & Friends
In response to the pandemic, Seattle writer (the novel In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills) Jennifer Haupt did something very few were doing - bring people together. Specifically, she brought 90 writers together in virtual and written form to create an anthology which both speaks to the pandemic and also serves as a fundraiser to bookstores and booksellers in need, via the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC). Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of Covid-19 (Central Avenue Publishing) is that anthology, which includes pieces by an incredible array of well-known and soon-to-be-known writers - Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Jane Hirshfield, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch among them.
Tonight's speakers are Lidia Yuknavitch, Claudia Castro Luna, and Amber Flame, along with Jennifer Haupt herself (bless her, bless all involved). They will share readings from the book, and engage in a panel discussion moderated by KUOW’s Zaki Hamid to explore the importance of creativity and resistance in this moment. For anyone who has been feeling the isolation keenly, we invite you to this conversation as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during this time.
“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.
“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.
For more on BINC, please see www.bincfoundation.org.
Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.