Chronicling the Days – Brian Campbell

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 Brian Campbell, writing in April 2020.

Ça va bien aller.

Photo: Brian Campbell

This poster blares from a tattered, papered-over storefront on Bernard Ave. in my neighborhood of Mile End, a voice echoing from what seems a distant past, a perpetual sneer at the snark, at the presumptions of cool. The poster’s been here a few months: to have lasted that long, it obviously must have been respected by the other posterers of cultural events… remember those? (Disclosure: I was one, once.)

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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