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All of Us, Everywhere: An International Response to the Pandemic

September 15, 2020

In partnership with Restless Books, a panel of authors and artists shared their perspectives on our changing reality from outside the mainstream pipeline of news and noise. Their conversation was moderated by Ilan Stavans.

In April, as the virus surged, Restless Books asked seventy writers and translators from thirty-four countries and every inhabited continent to send essays, fiction, poetry, drawings, and other artistic responses to the pandemic. The ensuing anthology, And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again, is a rich, eye-opening, and truly global portrait of how lives are changing in places as diverse as Palestine, Mauritius, Mexico, Russia, Spain, India, Lebanon, and Taiwan.

Our literary culture depends on bookstores—and those irreplaceable sources of conversation and community, of inspiration and solace, have been decimated by the lockdown. Net proceeds from And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, which helps the passionate booksellers we readers depend upon.