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San Antonio Book Festival Releases Quarantine Reading List


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The San Antonio Book Festival was among the many local events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its organizers aren't going to let that slide by without a few choice words.

To keep local readers entertained while we shelter in place, SABF put together a reading list split into categories based on what we may need right now, from (unfortunately) topical apocalyptic fiction to pleasant distractions.

The festival, a free day-long event honoring local and national authors and the art of storytelling, was originally slated for April 4 at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art.

SABF Quarantine Reading List

If You Feel Like Confronting the Pandemic Head-On:
Cold Storage by David Koepp
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
Severance by Ling Ma
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by Laura Spinney

If You'd Rather Be Distracted:
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

The Hunt for History by Nathan Raab
The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer
The Rumi Prescription by Melody Moezzi

For Kids/Teens Stuck at Home:
Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeeed
Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Bull by David Elliot

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