A New Decameron: Stories for a Plague Year

Boccaccio's Decameron was written in the 1350s and is set during the Black death of 1498. In the frame story of the Decameron, seven girls and three young men self-isolate in the hills near Florence and tell each other stories to pass the time.

I've started a new Patreon project with friends to post a story every day, starting today, to give people something to read and look forward to while self quarantining, working from home, sick, or just anxious at all the bad news. This was Maya Chhabra's brilliant idea, and she and Lauren Schiller and I are organizing it. I'm writing the frame story, and a bunch of writer friends have given us a mix of new stories, first chapters of as yet unpublished novels,  and published but obscure and not online reprints. I'm super-excited by the fact that some really great people -- Marissa Lingen, Daniel Abraham, Max Gladstone! -- are writing new things especially for this project. I am writing the frame story. 

Everything is going to be freely visible for anyone to read online, but of course if you subscribe you'll get the posts emailed. We've set it up (as with this one) as "per creation" and we're going to post *at least* twenty-three stories, so you might want to set a limit on how much you pay. The money is going to be divided between all the creators and Cittadini del Mondo, a charity in Rome that runs a library and clinic for refugees, who are especially swamped at the moment as you can imagine.

We've got stories coming from:

Daniel Abraham

William Alexander

Mike Allen

Leah Bobet

Maya Chhabra

Pamela Dean

Max Gladstone

Heather Rose Jones

Rosemary Kirstein

Naomi Kritzer

Rebecca Kuang

Ellen Kushner

Marissa Lingen

Usman Malik

Ada Palmer

Laurie Penny

Shiv Ramdas

Alter Reiss

Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

Effie Seiberg

Robert Silverberg

Caroline Stevermer

Sonya Taaffe

and perhaps more, there are some friends who have said they will if they can. So that's very exciting,. and organizing it is a ton of work but it has cheered me up a bit about Minicon being cancelled and Emmet working from home and all local fun things  -- book club, Shakespeare readings etc -- also cancelled for the duration. But we can always read, eh? And things will get better and we will see each other again one day!

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