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Like everyone else across the world, our favorite authors are confronted with the threat of COVID-19. Here, we document some of their reactions on social media to the pandemic. These range from providing uplifting advice and offering practical measures to tackling the crisis with a touch of humor. We take all of them as ways to stay safe and sane!

Maaza Mengiste recommends some self-care:


Alain Mabanckou finds solace in a stack of books (translation of caption: “My provisions for facing the confinement.”


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Nnedi Okorafor offers a useful lexicon for “decreas[ing] panic and instill[ing] confidence”:


Chibundu Onuzo reminds us of the power of faith:


Namwali Serpell muses on the pros and cons of social distancing:


Novuyo Rosa Tshuma turns to the best comfort food, jollof rice:


Chika Unigwe spells out several rules of thumb on “love in the time of corona”….

….and “clubbing in the time of corona”….

…and most importantly, “coughing in the time of corona.”


Ukamaka Olisakwe joins in a Twitter thread comparing 2020 book releases to hand soap:


Temi Oh realizes pajamas are now the current fashion:


Mona Eltahawy sees an opportunity for bidets to finally catch on in the U.S. given the current shortage of toilet paper:


And finally, Bernardine Evaristo reminds us to stay safe, stay positive, and that all the shortage of toilet paper requires is an exercise of your imagination: