COVID Update May 12

Three weeks ago, my daughter came down with COVID. She was alone in quarantine, 500 miles away in Brooklyn. It was terrifying, even though we had made plans together for what to do in case. We were in daily, sometimes hourly, contact as she grew sicker and sicker. Finally, after about a week, she began to feel better. She’s young and healthy, but the illness took a lot out of her. People she works with have died. Many of her friends have been very ill. Sad men with guns in sandwich shops don’t change these facts.

Scuppernong Books has survived for the last two months of this pandemic because you, our friends and supporters, have continued to buy books, mystery boxes, gift certificates, and more. As the pressure builds to ‘re-open the economy’, we are discussing daily what that might mean for us, our staff, and our customers.

Our current decision is not to consider re-opening until June 1. We will continue to take orders online and on the phone; we will continue to ship and provide curbside pick-up.

Many local businesses in our community have no choice but to open in the coming weeks if they want to survive. We urge you to patronize these local businesses safely, and to support our local business infrastructure. The people who own and run these businesses are your friends and neighbors, and the money they generate stays in our community.

Scuppernong Books is in a somewhat unique position. We can provide our most essential services without opening our doors, but we miss the store filled with voices: the voices of writers, of readers, of children and adults, musicians and artists, drag queens and llamas.

We don’t really know yet how the pandemic will permanently change the way we live our lives. When we do open, we’ll begin as appointment only. Masks will be required for staff and customers. We’ll ask you to sanitize your hands. We want you to be safe; we want to be safe. This is not negotiable.

We are concerned about how to renew public spaces in the age of COVID, how to engender conversation, celebrate difference, have meaningful discussion, as well as have fun. We will continue to create and schedule online events that give you a chance to learn, explore, and have conversations about books, ideas, the issues of the day, and what a possible future might look like.