Publishers Weekly is maintaining a list of canceled events, impacted book industry functions and policies, and more on this list as a resource for navigating the new coronavirus and its impact on the industry. Please email our news team with updates or questions. A list of children's publishing–related updates and a list of special offer and discounts offered during the outbreak will also be maintained separately. In addition, Poets & Writers is keeping a running list of postponed and canceled writing retreats and contests.

April 1

  • Amazon Expands List of Priority Items: In a new announcement to suppliers and vendors, Amazon said that while it will continue to prioritize products such as household staples and medical supplies, it now has the capacity to add more products to its priority list. It isn't clear if books made the list.
  • Quad Closes Book Printing Operations: The loss of printing capacity is one of the many concerns publishers are facing because of the new coronavirus outbreak—and the business was dealt an unhappy surprise last week when Quad unexpectedly closed its book printing facilities.
  • Diamond Comic Halts Payments to Publishers: Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest distributor of comics in North America, announced that it will not pay publishers and other vendors this week.
  • D.C. Bookstore Uses Food Delivery App for Books: Starting this week, Washington D.C.’s Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is using Postmate, an app largely used for food delivery, to get books in the hands of readers in the D.C. area.
  • Gaithersburg Book Festival Goes Virtual: The City of Gaithersburg has canceled the Gaithersburg Book Festival, which was scheduled for May 16. Plans are underway to provide some of the planned programming virtually.
  • Booksellers Down Under May Get Benefits: Australian booksellers may be eligible for government support if laid off due to the pandemic.
  • Bertrams Closes in the U.K.: The bookstore and library fulfillment company has temporarily closed due to the pandemic.
  • Salt Lake City Bookstore Is Saved: Loans and a generous landlord helped save Ken Sanders Rare Books from closure due to the new coronavirus.
  • U.K. Bookstores Have Will to Survive: The Bookseller Association in the U.K. says bookstores will "roar back" after the coronavirus crisis passes.

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March 19

  • Reed Hopes to Find New Dates for BookExpo: Acknowledging that Reed Exhibitions is disappointed about Penguin Random House's decision to withdraw from BookExpo and BookCon, which was set for May 27-31 at New York City's Javits Center, event manager Jenny Martin said Reed is hoping to find new dates for the event.
  • Print Unit Sales Fell 10% Last Week: Unit sales of print books fell 10% for the week ended March 14 compared to the previous week, according to NPD BookScan. The juvenile nonfiction category was the only segment in which sales rose last week.
  • Anime Central Canceled: Anime Central 2020 was slated for May 15–17 in Rosemont, Ill., but has been called off.
  • TCAF Canceled: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2020, scheduled for May 8, 9, and 10, has been canceled.
  • Hay Festival Canceled: Wales's Hay Festival of Arts & Letters has been canceled in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Free Comic Book Day Postponed: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Diamond Comic Distributors is postponing Free Comic Book Day 2020.
  • Books-A-Million Offers Curbside Pickup: The chain is offering curbside pickup at most locations.
  • Amazon Books Closes Stores: Amazon has temporarily closed its 21 retail stores dedicated to books.
  • Lammys to Be Held Digitally: The Lambda Literary Awards ceremony this June in New York City will be held digitally in June in a format yet to be determined.
  • Astoria Bookshop Closes to Foot Traffic: The Queens, N.Y., store is closed for browsing until further notice, will shop hours online remain 11:00 a.m. ET–7:00 p.m. for online, phone, and pick-up orders, and the store will ship via USPS Media Mail, pricing shipping at $2.00 for the first book + $0.25 for each additional book.
  • Seven Stories Launches New Remote Reading Series, Book Club: Seven Stories Press has launched a new remote reading and storytime series and a remote book club, the SSP Self-Isolation Book Club.
  • Petition to Close Kinokuniya Stores: A petition is asking Kinokuniya to close its stores in the U.S. and offer paid leave.
  • Powell's Owner Affirms Commitment: The owner of Powell's in Portland says she is "doing everything possible to keep the store alive."

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March 16

  • Sharjah Cancels WBC Closing Ceremony: The closing ceremony honoring Sharjah as World Book Capital, which was to take place on April 14, has been canceled.
  • PEN World Voices Canceled: PEN America has canceled its World Voices Festival, which was to be held in New York and Los Angeles in May.
  • IPA Congress in Norway Canceled: The International Publishers Association has suspended its biennial conference, which was to take place in Lillehammer, May 28–30.
  • CLMP Annual Meeting Goes Digital: The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses is working to address member needs in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak, and has transitioned its April 8 meeting into a digital one.
  • C4F Shutters Until April 6: The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, N.Y., will close and reopen on April 6.
  • The Century Closes: The Century Association will close its clubhouse doors to members and guests through April 10.
  • Indie Bookstores Begin Temporary Closures: In less than a week, brisk early March sales at bookstores in many regions have given way to temporary closures in response to the widening effects of the new coronavirus outbreak.
  • B&N, BAM Remain Open: Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million are currently continuing to operate all of their stores, although both noted they are closely monitoring new developments in the new coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Loft Announces Wordplay Literary Fest Will Be Virtual This Spring: The Loft literary center in Minneapolis is not canceling its second annual Wordplay literary festival. Instead, it is partnering with other literary organizations around the U.S. to hold a two-month virtual celebration of books and authors.
  • PRH Organizes Global Taskforces In Response to Virus Threat: In a letter to Penguin Random House employees worldwide, PRH CEO Markus Dohle outlined how PRH plans to address the challenges the company faces coping with the global spread of the new coronavirus.

March 14-15

  • Powell's Closes: Powell’s Books in Oregon has closed all of its stores through the end of March.
  • Yaddo Closes: The Saratoga Springs, New York–based arts residency will close temporarily, and will update fellows and the public on further changes as they come.
  • Licensing Expo Rescheduled: Licensing Expo has been rescheduled to take place on August 11–13 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
  • Kettle Pond Canceled: The second annual Kettle Pond Writers' Conference has been canceled; a third will be held in June 2021.
  • TechForum Canceled: BookNet Canada's annual TechForum conference, scheduled for March 23–25, has been canceled.

March 13

  • Gov. Cuomo Shuts Down Gatherings of 500+ In NYS: Governor Andrew Cuomo has banned most gatherings of more than 500 people in New York State.
  • New York's Public Libraries Close: The New York Public Library will close its doors at all locations, beginning March 14 and lasting at least through March 31. All public-facing programs were suspended on March 13 at the NYPL, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library.
  • HC Allows Employees to Work from Home: HarperCollins has informed its New York City–based employees that they should consider the option of working remotely if their role allows to combat potential spread of Covid-19, although its 195 Broadway office will remain open
  • Abrams Encourages Staff to Work Remotely: The publisher will provide its employees with the technology and support so that the company and its staff can work remotely effective March 16.
  • Paris Review Suspends Spring Revel: For the short-term, the event has been postponed from April 7 and is to be rescheduled.
  • Morgan Library Closes: The Morgan will close as of March 13, at 5:00 PM, until March 30, and cancel all public events.
  • IBPA Publishing University 2020 Canceled: More details will be emailed to attendees on March 23, including several options related to registration fees for the event.
  • Windham Campbells Will Be Held Digitally: The Windham Campbell Prizes will be announced online on March 19 from London, but the live event will be canceled.
  • San Diego Writers Festival Postponed: The San Diego Writers Festival, which was to be held on April 4, will be postponed until the fall.
  • Eric Carle Museum Suspends Events Until April: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has canceled programs and events through April 5.
  • knk Thought Leadership Conference Postponed: The event, scheduled for April 22, will be postponed, and knk will update attendees shortly. Those with further questions can email david.hetherington@knkcom.
  • Bay Area Book Festival Postponed: The program will be held in May 2021, but the organizers (pending the situation) will aim to bring some of the program highlights and featured authors to readers later this year.
  • Women in Leadership Conference Postponed: The event was to be held on Marymount Manhattan College in New York on April 2, but will be moved to the fall.
  • Believer Festival 2020 Canceled: The event, which was slated to run at the end of April in Las Vegas, has been called off.
  • Center for Book Arts Postpones Benefit, Cancels March Programming: The Center has postponed its annual benefit, slated for April 2, and requests that attendees consider donating the purchase price of their tickets. The Center will also suspend all upcoming public programming from March 16 through the end of the month at least.
  • BISG Annual Meeting Postponed: The BISG annual meeting, previously scheduled for April 24, has been postponed to September 11. James Daunt has agreed to remain the closing keynote. Anyone who registered has the option for a full refund.
  • MacDowell Colony Closes Temporarily: The artist residency program will close temporarily due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Artists-in-residence will be assisted with early departures, and no new Fellows to arrive until danger of virus transmission is contained.
  • Madrid Book Fair Postponed: The event, originally slated for May 29–June 14, has been moved to October 2–18, to be held concurrently with the LIBER International Book Fair in Barcelona and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
  • Bogotá Book Fair Postponed: The Bogotá Book Fair, which was slated to be held in the Colombian capital from April 21–May 6, has been postponed.
  • YALLWest in Santa Monica Canceled: The show will return in spring of 2021, but still intends to hold its 10th anniversary event in Charleston, N.C., this fall.
  • WonderCon Canceled: Comic-Con International has officially and indefinitely postponed WonderCon Anaheim, which was scheduled for April 10–12.
  • Left Coast Crime Canceled: The annual mystery convention, which was to be held in Rosemont, Ill., March 12–15, has been canceled.
  • Literary Orange Canceled: The event, slated for April 4 in Newport Beach, Calif., has been canceled.
  • Unbound Book Festival Canceled: The Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Mo., which was due to take place April 23–26, has been canceled.
  • 2020 Ezra Jack Keats Award Ceremony Canceled: The ceremony, due to be held by the University of Southern Mississippi on April 2, has been canceled out of concern over the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
  • DIS2020 Postponed: This year's Digital Innovators' Summit, which was to be held March 24–25 in Berlin, Germany, will be postponed until September, its organizers confirmed.
  • Writers and Illustrators of the Future Postponed: The 36th annual L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future workshops and awards celebration, which were set to take place in Hollywood, Calif., on April 3, will be postponed until later this year.
  • TWF 2020 Canceled: The 2020 Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, slated for March 25-29, has been canceled. The Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival has also been canceled.
  • House of Speakeasy Cancels March Event: The March 24 edition of "Seriously Entertaining" at Joe's Pub will not take place, and refunds will be offered.
  • Seattle Libraries Close: Seattle is closing all public libraries, community centers, and parks programs in a bid to slow the new coronavirus.
  • Cleveland Public Library Shutters Programs: The Cleveland Public Library is canceling all major programs and events due to the coronavirus scare.
  • Buying Books for Coronavirus Lockdown: An Arizona TV station surveyed customers who were buying books in preparation for the lockdown.
  • Boston Store Needs Cash for Staff: I AM Books is raising money to pay staff while it closes due to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 12

  • Coronavirus Impact Begins to Spread: The growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the publishing industry came into view this week as some independent bookstores reported slowing sales and the number of book festival and author tour cancellations rose.
  • 2020 Texas Library Association Annual Conference Is Canceled: The news comes after publishers and other TLA exhibitors began pulling out in large numbers earlier this week, and as the host city of Houston moved to pull the plug on other scheduled events, including the popular Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
  • MoCCA Arts Fest Rescheduled Over Virus Concerns: The MoCCA Arts Festival, an annual festival of indie and self-published comics and graphic novels organized by the Society of Illustrators, has been postponed.
  • Whiting Awards Cancels Live Ceremony: The 2020 Whiting Award winners will be announced as scheduled on March 25, but the in-person ceremony and reading have been canceled.
  • New Orleans Book Festival Canceled: The event, held yearly at Tulane University, has been canceled for this year, and will be held next year from March 18–20.
  • Diamond Cancels 2020 Retailer Summit: Diamond Comic Distributors has canceled its 2020 Retailer Summit, which was scheduled to take place April 14–16 in conjunction with MegaCon in Orlando.
  • Children's Africana Book Awards Canceled: Both the Children’s Africana Book Award dinner and festival, which were scheduled for March 27–28, have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
  • National Black Writers Conference Postponed: The National Black Writers Conference is being postponed to support the efforts to prevent community spread of the new coronavirus.
  • JFK Presidential Library Closes: The Boston library will be closed until further notice after two employees were potentially exposed to Covid-19 last week.

March 11

  • 2020 Bologna Children's Book Fair Is Canceled: Due to the spread of the new coronavirus in Italy, the organizers of the Bologna Children's Book Fair have canceled the fair this year.
  • PRH Gives NYC Staff Ability to Work from Home: Acknowledging that many people in its New York City headquarters may be uncomfortable commuting to its office, PRH US CEO Madeline McIntosh issued a memo saying the any employees who are able to complete their work from home may do so.
  • ABA Updates Booksellers on Coronavirus Response: In an email to member stores Tuesday afternoon, the American Booksellers Association announced steps that it is taking to respond to the needs of independent bookstores and ABA staff amid growing concerns about the new coronavirus.
  • For Midwest Booksellers, It's Business as Usual Despite Coronavirus Fears: Midwest booksellers and the two regionals representing them report that business is usual despite coronavirus fears, although booksellers are minimizing physical contact between visiting authors and their fans.
  • 'L.A. Times' Postpones Festival of Books: The 25th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held October 3–4 rather than next month, and the Book Prizes awards ceremony, planned for April 17, is canceled, but honorees and winners will still be announced that day.
  • P&W Gala Is Off: Poets & Writers has canceled its 50th anniversary gala in Manhattan, which was to be held March 16.
  • Virginia Festival of Books Canceled: This year's festival will not be held, and the festival will update its attendees on "many other implications of this cancelation" via its website.
  • WNDB Symposium and Award Ceremony Canceled: We Need Diverse Books has canceled the Diversity in Children’s Literature Symposium and the Walter Dean Myers Award Ceremony on March 13.
  • BIGNY Postpones March Event: BIGNY will postpone its March 24 program From Kitchen to Cookbook, and will notify all registered attendees when it is rescheduled.
  • PEN Events Still On: PEN America is proceeding with plans for the PEN America World Voices Festival, to be held May 4–9 in New York and May 6–9 in Los Angeles, and the New York PEN America Literary Gala on May 19.

March 10

  • NBCC Award Ceremony Postponed: The National Book Critics Circle has canceled both its finalists reading, set for March 11, and its awards ceremony on March 12. The NBCC will still deliberate on March 12 to choose this year's winners.
  • New York Bookstores Weathering Coronavirus Outbreak
    From New York City to Buffalo, booksellers said customers were undeterred thus far by the news that a growing number of New Yorkers had contracted the new coronavirus.
  • Tucson Festival of Books Canceled: The 2020 Tucson Festival of Books has been canceled due to concerns about the new coronavirus.

March 9

Early March

  • Reed Confirms BookExpo, BookCon to Proceed as Planned: Reed Exhibitions issued a statement confirming that BookExpo and BookCon will proceed as planned May 27–31, 2020, at the Javits Center in New York City.
  • London Book Fair Canceled: Citing concerns about the potential spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Reed Exhibitions has canceled this year's London Book Fair. Numerous major publishing conglomerates had already pulled out of the event.
  • Paris Book Fair Canceled, Brussels to Go Ahead: As a result of the spread of the new coronavirus, the Salon du Livre in Paris has been canceled. So far, the Foire du Livre de Bruxelles, which begins this Thursday, is slated to commence as planned.

This article has been updated with further information.