Chronicling the Days – Jim Upton

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

Please also join us on the QWF FB Community page, and let the authors know if their words resonated.

This piece is by Jim Upton, writing in April, 2020.


One of the ironies of life is that errors can prove rewarding, rather than costly. I have in mind a tendency to buy too many books over a period of time and have most of them remain on bookshelves unread, despite the best of intentions. And then an unexpected occasion provides a chance to capitalize on a previous mistake.

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic

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