Are books essential? Well, they certainly are to the Hub City Writers Project. Without them we wouldn’t be here.
Yesterday our governor closed all non-essential businesses in South Carolina to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. We applaud his decision. Evidently, though, he shares our view that books are vital to human happiness since bookstores did not make his list of closures. We can stay open, but we shouldn’t. Sheltering in place is the right thing to do right now—for our staff, for our community, and for our country.
So, we are temporarily closing our bookshop, effective immediately. However, we will continue to serve you through online ordering either from our website (hubcity.org) and through bookshop.org or by calling 864-577-9349, Extension 1, to have books shipped direct to your home from our wholesaler. If you already have pending orders, we will be in touch.
In addition to being able to purchase books to support us, the incredible HCWP staff has been busy working behind the scenes to continue to “cultivate readers and nurture writers” through creating interesting virtual programming and social media posts. These include a series of writing workshops with our incredible writer-in-resident Aurora Masum-Javed, interviews with Hub City Press authors, book club discussions, and a return to our roots with the launch of Sheltering in Spartanburg, a WPA format to chronicle this extraordinary time. And since April is National Poetry Month we will be highlighting the genre by featuring some of our favorite poets and their work throughout the month.
Thank you, friends, for your amazing support of the Hub City Writers Project. Be well, be safe, and please let us know what you’re reading and writing and we’ll do the same.
-Anne Waters, Executive Director