The BPAA is committed to making sure that our members and supporters are as informed as possible about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our province, our publishing community, and the larger book world. To do so, we will be updating this page daily to ensure that the most up to date information is included.
Information About Impacts on Albertans, Publishers, Writers, and the Larger Book Industry
These pages are updated daily as new information comes out.
- COVID-19 Resources for Canadian Businesses
- Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers (updated to 75% on March 27, pending official details)
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (announced March 25)
Grants and Funding Updates
Chapters Indigo has announced that their stores will be closed until the end of March. Online ordering will still be available.
Amazon has announced that they will be prioritizing orders of medical supplies and other essentials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other orders, including book sales, may be delayed or cancelled.
Barnes and Noble has now temporarily shut down 400 of their 620 stores in the US.
Independent Bookstore Information
- Audreys Books in Edmonton will be offering delivery throughout the Greater Edmonton Area, at a rate of $5 up to a $50 spend, and free for orders over $50. They have cancelled some upcoming events, but remain open with adjusted hours.
- Glass Bookshop, also in Edmonton, is now offering free delivery within the Edmonton area with no minimum spend. They have closed their physical location as of March 16 until further notice.
- Blue Lamp Books in Edmonton is closed until further notice (as of March 18). Book requests will be accepted by email, and other on-line buying options are being explored.
- Ascendant Books in Edmonton will be closed until April 1.
- Wonderland Games/Happy Harbor Comics is closed until further notice. Mail-out and delivery options are available through their online store.
- Drawn to Books, a non-profit organization based in Edmonton, is providing daily tips for parents and children trying to get through the COVID-19 pandemic through Facebook and Instagram. They do not have a physical location, but hold regular comic fairs at schools in the Edmonton area, as well as Youth Comic Creator Camps (upcoming school events have been cancelled due to the school closures, but registration for summer 2020 Creator Camps are currently open)
- Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary offers free delivery until further notice for local orders, and will be bringing in additional stock of kids activity kits and colouring books since the schools have closed. They remain open with reduced hours.
- Pages on Kensington in Calgary is offering free delivery to the Calgary area until further notice. They will be closing their physical location indefinitely as of March 18.
- The Next Page in Calgary is offering free delivery, and will be closing their physical location indefinitely as of March 18.
- Shelf Life Books in Calgary is now closed to the public (as of March 18), but are still offering pick-up and delivery, with free hand-delivery and shipping discounts offered on a case-by-case basis.
- Cafe Books in Canmore has closed indefinitely as of March 17, but will still be answering the phone and taking online orders.
- MonkeyShines and Three Hills Books have not announced COVID-19 measures.