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Supporting Health, Safety, and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak


Posted: March 13, 2020

Harbour Publishing is carrying on with plans to bring out an exciting list of new Spring 2020 books and working with all of our authors and publishing partners, including bookstores, event organizers and media. In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Douglas & McIntyre and Harbour Publishing are enacting the appropriate measures to ensure our staff, authors and readers are supported as all Canadians work to minimize the spread of the virus.

As the situation evolves, we will continue to work with authors and event organizers to follow Health Canada's recommended community-based measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All updates to book events will be shared via our social media channels and online event calendar.

Publishing is a collaborative and creative creature and we are committed to ensuring that our talented authors and their books reach readers when they are needed most. We are working hard to provide opportunities for meaningful engagement through an enhanced social media, more customized book trailers, virtual launches and other creative means.

To our valued bookselling partners who are instrumental in ensuring readers and books meet each other:  we continue to support you during this challenging period. Our publicists and authors will reach out to book retailers to find creative ways to celebrate books and to motivate readers. Our new Spring 2020 books, as well as our backlist titles are still shipping from our warehouses. If an author event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions, Harbour Publishing will credit freight cost on any book returns pertaining to that event. / Early returns are also allowed. 

Books will continue to provide inspiration, consolation, stimulation and sustenance throughout this unprecedented situation. Let’s continue to read in solidarity.