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Tue, 10 May 2022 15:18:10 -0400
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We hope you might find an hour to join the University of Southern Maine's Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education via Zoom on Thursday evening for a program we are very excited about hosting, a book launch and discussion of the new Bloomberg CityLab Project, The Quarantine Atlas: Mapping Global Life Under COVID-19.

We are very lucky that Laura Bliss, the author, and a journalist for Bloomberg CityLab will be joining us live, via Zoom this Thursday, May 12th, at 6:00 PM, to present and discuss the book.

The project is a fascinating one, as during the pandemic, in April of 2020, Bloomberg CityLab asked readers from all over the world to draw maps of their locales as they experienced them in lockdown and through other restrictions related to the pandemic. This volume brings those maps together.

All are welcome, and the program, as always, is free and open to the public.

Please REGISTER HERE for the Zoom Link:

We hope to see you on Thursday evening! The book is beautiful, timely, and thought-provoking and we hope you'll join the conversation.


About the Book

The Quarantine Atlas is a poignant and deeply human collection of more than 65 homemade maps created by people around the globe that reveal how the coronavirus pandemic has transformed our physical and emotional worlds, in ways both universal and unique. Along with eight original essays, it is a vivid celebration of wayfinding through a crisis that irrevocably altered the way we experience our environment.

About the Author

Laura Bliss is a journalist at Bloomberg CityLab, where she reports on urban policy and politics and authors the biweekly newsletter MapLab, which examines how cartography and geography intersect with the news and daily life. She is the editor of the book The Quarantine Atlas, a collection of 65 maps designed by people all over the world during COVID-19 with eight accompanying original essays. Her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, and many other publications.