Dispatches from Quarantine Presents: Publishing AT HOME: Books and the Plague Years

When the world shut down in 2020, many of us were stuck at home. So too were writers, and their books were stuck too. Most bookstores closed, and even Amazon stopped shipping novels to turn their capacity over to sending millions of sheltering people toilet tissue instead. Hollywood let movies go direct to streaming, but authors had few options.

What was there to do? Publishing AT HOME: Books and the Plague Years brings together four authors to talk about publishing books just as a disease swept the world.

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May 17, 2023


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Nick Mamatas


Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including I Am Providence and The Second Shooter. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, Tor.com and many other venues. Much of it was recently collected in The People's Republic of Everything. Nick is also an anthologist; his latest book is Wonder and Glory Forever: Awe-Inspiring Lovecraftian Fiction.

Other Organizers

Max Booth III
Max Booth III

Max Booth III is the publisher & owner of Ghoulish Books, the host of the GHOULISH and Dog Ears podcasts, the co-founder of the Ghoulish Book Festival, and the author of several spooky books, including Abnormal Statistics, Maggots Screaming!, Touch the Night, and others. He wrote both the novella and film versions of We Need to Do Something, which was released by IFC Midnight in 2021 and can currently be streamed on Hulu. He was raised in Northwest Indiana and now lives in San Antonio.

Molly Tanzer
Molly Tanzer

Molly Tanzer is the author of the Diabolist’s Library trilogy: Creatures of Will and Temper, the Locus Award-nominated Creatures of Want and Ruin, and Creatures of Charm and Hunger. She is also the author of the weird western Vermilion, an io9 and NPR “Best Book” of 2015, and the British Fantasy Award-nominated collection, A Pretty Mouth, as well as many critically acclaimed short stories. Follow her adventures at @molly_tanzer on Instagram or @wickedmilkhotel on Twitter. She lives outside of Boulder, CO with her cat, Toad.

Vanessa Veselka
Vanessa Veselka

Vanessa Veselka is the author of The Great Offshore Grounds, which was nominatedfor the 2020 National Book Award, and which won the Oregon Book Award, and the cult classic, Zazen, which was awarded the 2012 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her short fiction appears in Zyzzyva and Tin House Magazine, and her essays in The New York Times, GQ, The Atlantic, Bitch Magazine, The Atavist, and Best American Essays.