Mohrbooks Literary Agency
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Black Dog & Leventhal (2022-04-05)
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Mapping Global Life Under COVID-19

by Bliss, Laura

In The Quarantine Atlas, 65 homemade maps by people around the globe reveal how the coronavirus pandemic has transformed our physical and emotional worlds in ways both universal and unique. Eight original essays spotlight how writers found their way.

In April 2020, Bloomberg CityLab editors Laura Bliss and Jessica Martin asked readers to submit homemade maps of their lives during the coronavirus pandemic. The response was illuminating and inspiring. The 400+ maps and accompanying stories received served as windows into what individuals around the world were experiencing during the crisis and its resonant social consequences. Collectively, these works showed how coronavirus has transformed the places we live, and our relationships to them.

In The Quarantine Atlas, Bliss and Martin distill these stunning submissions and pair them with essays by journalists and authors, as well as notes from the original map makers. The result is an enduring visual record of this unprecedented moment in human history. It is also a celebration of the act of mapping and the ways maps can help us connect and heal from our shared experiences and begin to understand how this period has transformed the places we live and our relationships to them.

Laura Bliss is a writer, reporter, and editor based in San Francisco. On staff at Bloomberg CityLab, she covers cities and the environment and writes the newsletter MapLab, which explores how maps illuminate the world around us. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sierra, WILDSAM's guide to California, The Future of Transportation, and other publications. She hails from Los Angeles, where she formerly worked as an educator at the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits.

Bloomberg CityLab is committed to telling the story of the world's cities, communities, and neighborhoods: How they function, the challenges they face, and potential solutions. Founded by urban theorist Richard Florida in 2011 under the aegis of the Atlantic Media Company, CityLab was acquired by Bloomberg Media in January 2020. With global issues such as climate change, income inequality, and new technologies affecting urban areas, CityLab is focused on ways to prosper together. CityLab is inspired by the concept that cities are laboratories for democracy, and embraces that spirit of experimentation in its journalism.

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