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How to launch a book in a pandemic

As a scholar, you work for years to get a book into print. That was the case for Isherwood in Transit, which my collaborator, Chris Freeman, and I spent about five years on. And it finally had a publication date! June 2020. Some of the contributors had presented their work in progress at the Huntington Library in 2015 on Christopher Isherwood in California, and we were all looking forward to seeing the contributions in print.

And then, the pandemic happened.

So in June 2020, we did what a lot of authors and scholars did. We hooked up with a bookstore, Vroman's in Pasadena, California (just down the road from the Huntington), to launch the book virtually. This is a recording of our launch, with Chris Freeman and me in the same room but socially distanced, and featuring guests Armistead Maupin, and contributors Barrie Jean Borich, Chrisopher Bram, Bidhan Chandra Roy, Sue Hodson, Carola Kaplan, and Wendy Moffat.

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