Professional Learning

Literature for Adults in the Time of Pandemics


Movie suggestions, lists of TV series to binge, virus playlists, and newly created livestreams of cultural events are being posted on Twitter all the time. But many NWP folks are turning to books while they "self-quarantine." You can find reading suggestions on Twitter through the hashtag #quarantinereading, but we have collected here some of the more interesting ones.


Many publications, such as the New York Times, are putting together their own booklists for our quarantine times. Here are a few, either for suggestions for your reading or because, who doesn’t love a good booklist? With the exception of The Guardian’s list, most of these trend bleak when it comes to fiction, but maybe that’s what you need right now.

And, finally, for a different approach, here’s a list from Zibby at of new releases where the author’s book tour has been canceled. The book tour is central to getting books out and getting authors paid, so you might want to look at the list and pick up a new release that would otherwise go unnoticed.