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Atwood, Grisham among contributors to pandemic novel

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the primary novels in regards to the pandemic might be a collaborative effort, with Margaret Atwood, John Grisham and Celeste Ng among the writers.

The Authors Guild Foundation introduced Thursday that it had reached a cope with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media to publish “Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering.” The story is about on a Manhattan rooftop in 2020 because the virus spreads worldwide and the wealthy are fleeing town. Novelist and Authors Guild President Douglas Preston got here up with the thought as a means to increase money for the muse.

“At the Guild, we realized that we had an opportunity in these dark times to do something positive and even transformative through the creation of this unusual literary work. Human beings have always confronted tragedy by telling stories, and this book would be our answer to COVID-19,” Preston stated.

“Hunger Games” creator Suzanne Collins made a “major” donation to the Guild basis to help the project. Atwood is modifying “Fourteen Days” and helped recruit a variety of contributors, together with Dave Eggers, Ishmael Reed, Monique Truong, Hampton Sides, Mary Pope Osborne and Emma Donoghue. “Fourteen Days” is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2022.

“The cast of lively fictional characters on the Manhattan rooftop in ‘Fourteen Days’ have much to say to one another about life during the pandemic and even more about life in general, sometimes getting into discussions, debates or outright quarrels — and sometimes finding resolution in unexpected moments of empathy and connection,” Atwood stated in a press release.

“To provide a narrative framework, we structured the work so that the building’s super records the stories and conversations on her cellphone to create an unauthorized guerilla text.”

Fiction writers often want extra time than poets or nonfiction writers to soak up historic occasions, and novels and quick tales in regards to the coronavirus stay uncommon a year into the pandemic. Several image books have been printed, together with “Heroes Wear Masks: Elmo’s Super Adventure” and “While We Can’t Hug.” Michael Lewis’ nonfiction “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story” is scheduled for May.

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