Greetings from Canadian Literature. We are living in an unprecedented time of sadness and uncertainty, and, also at points, beautiful community togetherness. We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy in this challenging time of COVID-19. Because of the need for physical distancing (and at the directive of UBC), our physical office closed on March 16 and will remain closed until at least the end of April, and likely longer. During this time we have been adapting to working remotely. We are now continuing to edit articles, solicit reviews, process submissions, and do our best to keep the journal in operation. After some adjustments, we think this might just work. We continue to accept submissions and will continue to reach out to our valued community members to seek readers reports. We just ask for your patience as everything will inevitably take longer than normal. We know that many of our academic colleagues who we rely on for articles, reviews, and reports have had a difficult transition to working remotely (whether taking classes online or having to relocate to safer spaces). We want to express our deep gratitude and support to all of you.
During this hard time, we are also thinking of all of the scholars, artists, writers, and poets who have published in our pages. We are heartened to see how people are turning to books for comfort and stimulation, and finding ways to support independent publishers and their favourite local artists and booksellers at this time when support is most needed. A number of bookstores in Vancouver where we are located (including Kidsbooks, Massy Books, Pulpfiction Books, and The Paper Hound Bookshop) are either doing book delivery or curbside pickup. We understand that Turning the Tide is doing the same in Saskatoon, as is Type Books in Toronto, among others across the country. We hope that our readers will continue to support Canadian writing in these new ways.
Stay safe, everyone.
All our best,
The Canadian Literature team