COVID-19 Resources

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.

Canadian Government COVID-19 Response

Alberta Government: COVID-19 info for Albertans

Global Public Affairs: Canadian Relief/Stimulus Measures

CBC Books: Canadian writers move book launches, readings and festivals online

Publishers Weekly: COVID-19 Impact Listing: Cancellations, Closings, Policy Changes, and More

Grants and Funding Updates

Canadian Heritage: Information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19

Canada Council for the Arts COVID-19 Information Page

Bookstore Closures

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