The novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, has lead to the cancellation of many large events lately, including a major annual YA book event.
YALLWest, the west coast sister festival of South Carolina’s YALLfest, has decided to cancel in lieu of the easily spread virus. The festival, which is open to the public and garners a large crowd of book enthusiasts from all over the world, was scheduled to be held on April 24 – 25th in Santa Monica, CA.
In a statement, the festival runners made it clear that they are saddened by the decision, but have chosen to put social responsibility and the health of the community above all else:
Cancelling the festival is in line with CDC recommendations, so we commend the YALLWest team on making a tough decision in order to put safety above all else.
Plus, they’re promising some great online bookish promotions, and you could still win some free books without leaving your home!
The festival organizers also note that plans are still in motion for the next YALLfest, which is held in November of each year and will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.