Authors and publishers get creative as book launches are moved online

Authors and publishers get creative as book launches are moved online

In response to the coronavirus outbreak and government advice to socially distance, authors, readers and booksellers are thinking of new, exciting and creative ways to launch books and keep readers engaged after in-person-events get cancelled

Author David Nicholls announced on Twitter that he was going to be hosting a series of virtual book launches for those writers who have lost out on events and announcements amongst the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nicholls encouraged people to come together to celebrate in the only way they can- virtually. Everyday he is promoting big and small authors on his Twitter who have published their books in the last few weeks or are about to publish new titles. You can also find his list at the bottom of this page! 

Here are some other virtual events you can get involved in:


Thursday 31st
Hamnet, 8pm- Maggie O'Farrell's husband announced on his Twitter there will be a virtual book launch party for her new title Hamnet. Whilst O'Farrell's not on social media, she will be taking over his Twitter account for the launch. 


Thursday 2nd April 
SWAY: Unravelling Unconscious Bias, All Day- Following the cancellation of a number of launch events, Pragya Agarwal wil be hosting a virtual 'whole day party' for her book on social media. Events will include a Facebook and Instagram live. More information can be found on Twitter

#StayAtHomefest with Nikki Smith- Author of All in Her Head will be doing a live Q&A on her Twitter as part of the online literature festival #StayAtHomefest 

The Mermaid of Black Conch, 12-7pm- Monique Roffey will do a live Q&A on Instagram, a reading on Facebook, and finally a Q&A on Twitter hosted by poet Nikita Gill to launch her new book.
Facebook: 4pm
Instagram: 12pm
Twitter: 6pm

Monday 6th
#StayAtHomeFest Pandemic Panel
,7-8pm- Join Nikki Smith, Clare Pooley, Trevor Wood, Louise Fein, Susan Allott and Frances Quinn for a panel discussion chaired by CJ Cooke. The debut authors as they talk about their journey to publication, offer tips, advice, and launching their first books in a pandemic!

Bathtub Conversations with Abi Palmer
Writer Abi Palmer will be performing live from her bathtub to launch her creative memoir debut Sanatorium. The first will be with writer David Turner and film-maker Anna Ulrikke Andersen.

Thursday 9th
Twitter Q&A with Lucy Atkins and Sarah Vaughan-
West End Lane Books is hosting this virtual event on Twitter, where they will be in conversation with Lucy Atkins and Sarah Vaughan. 

Monday 13th
Bathtub Conversations with Abi Palmer

Palmer will be performing live from her bathtub to launch her creative memoir debut Sanatorium. For the second event in the series, Palmer will be joined by artist and writer Travis Alabanza. Alabanza will discuss making queer art, creativity in isolation, and the experience of moving through space as a marginalised body. 

Saturday 25th
Betty Binoculars, All Day- A brand new indie publisher Dudley Doodle Books has decided that instead of cancelling the launch of their new title Betty Binoculars they will be celebrating with a virtual launch instead. They will be running events and competitions across Insagram, Twitter and Facebook. If you order a signed copy, you will recieve it before the launch. 

Monday 27th
Pavilion Poetry Launch- Pavilion are going to be sharing selected poems and interviews on Twitter and through their mailing list. The titles they are launching are:
How To Wash A Heart by Bhanu Kapil
Citadel by MArtha Sprackland
The Station Before by Linda Anderson 

HouseBound Literature Festival, 27th April- 3rd May- The festival was founded by author Georgie Codd. The programme will be a mixture of live stream author-to-author conversations, pre-recorded readings and children's storytimes, all accessible for free on the festvials YouTube channel. Read the full story here.


Thursday 7th
Lit Fest Online, 7th-9th May- The Author's Club had to cancel all in-person events for the coming months, but have instead decided to host a virtual literary festival. It will be a live event, with writers discussing their work using a video conferencing app, supported by pre-recorded videos and podcasts. There will also be recorded readings from all the books shortlisted for the Best First Novel Award. More details on the events will be announced on their Twitter page.

Saturday 16th
Virtual Writing Class with Adele Parks
- Originally an in-person event organised by HQ in partnership with Fabulous magazine, this will now be hosted as a Facebook event. People can pre-register their interest on Eventbrite. In this workshop, Parks will offer a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other practical guide to the elusive art, craft and graft of fiction writing. The event has had 91 sign-ups in just a few days so it is already proving popular! The event wiht be co-hosted on HQ, Fabulous and Adele Park's Facebook pages, but once registered you will recieve at email about how to attend! 

Please email details of any virtual book events so we can help spread the word.

David Nicholls's Virtual Book Launches: 

17th March:

David Farrier, Footprints (pub. 3rd March)
Sophie Elkan, The Girls Guide to Growing Up (pub. 5th March)
Kate Bradley, To Keep You Safe (pub. 5th March)  
Janie Brown, Radical Acts of Love (pub. 5th March) 
Stacey Murray, The Curious case of Maggie Macbeth (pub. 5th March) 
Clarissa Goenawan, Perfect World of Miwako Sumida (pub. 12th March) 
Matthew Cobb, The Idea of the Brain (pub. 12th March) 
Camilla Pang, Explaining Humans (pub. 12th March)
Claire Marti, For the Love of You (pub. 17th March)
Eddie Robson, Hearts of Oak (pub. 17th March)
Jen Calleja, I'm Afraid that's all we've got time for (pub. 18th March)  
Gregg Jenner, Dead Famous (pub. 19th March) 
Jessica Moor, The Keeper (pub. 19th March) 
Bruce Lindsay, Shellec and Swing (pub. 16th April)

18th March:

Karen Attwood and Diana Nammi, Girl with a Gun (pub. 5th March) 
Jean Vernon, The Secret Lives of Garden Bees (pub. 5th March)
Samantha Clark, The Clearing (pub. 5th March) 
Tarashea Nesbit, Beheld (pub. 17th March) 
Emma Glass, Rest and Be Thankful (pub. 19th March) 
Sue Lawrence, The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange (pub. 19th March)
Rebecca Elliot, Pretty Funny (pub. 19th March)
Judith Barrow, The Memory (pub. 19th March)
Trevor Wood, The Man on the Street (pub. 19th March)
Rebecca Thornton, The Fallout (pub. 2nd April) 
Mollie Walton, The Secrets of Ironbridge (pub. 20th April) 
J M Lee, Where the Innocent Die (pub. 7th May) 

19th March:

Nikki Marmery, On Wilder Seas (pub. 16th March) 
Ed West, Small Men on the Wrong Side of History (pub. 19th March)
Cathy Bramley, A Patchwork Family (pub. 19th March) 
Catherine Cho, Inferno: A Mermoir (pub. 19th March) 
Wilbur Smith, Cloudburst (pub. 19th March) 
Frances Levitson, The Voices in My Ear (pub. 19th March) 
Michael Wood, The Murder House (pub. 19th March) 
Katherine May, The Bets, Most Awful Job (pub. 19th March) 
Zoe Armstrong, Find the Spy (pub. 19th March) 
Helen Cox, A Body in the Bookshop (pub. 19th March)
Hazel Prior, Away with the Penguins (pub. 19th March) 
Sarah Jasmon, You Never Told Me (pub. 19th March) 
Emily Koch, Keep Him Close (pub. 19th March) 
Eleanor Wood, Staunch (pub. 19th March) 

If you want to buy any of these titles but are currently self-isolating, we have compilled a list of independent bookshops who are still delivering to customers!