Chronicling the Days – Marianne Ackerman

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 Marianne Ackerman, writing on Saturday April 4, 2020.

Salvador Dali – The Persistence of Memory [Creative Commons]

8 am. Wake up to the smell of coffee, husband bearing tray with cereal, yogurt, blueberries. The bundle of newspapers he tosses on the bed is huge, so it’s Saturday. We read silently, the best bits out loud. Grim news, yet there is solace to be found in knowing, receiving thoughts developed by smart people who are paying attention.

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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