These independent Southern California book publishers reveal how they’re handling the pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year and stay-at-home orders went into effect in cities worldwide, it left people with more time read, but it also created a slew of dilemmas for the publishing industry.

Release dates for new books were rescheduled. Restrictions on travel and large gatherings lead to the cancellation of in-store events and book festivals. Bookstores closed, their existence hanging in a precarious state as weeks passed as they waited to re-open.