In an effort to make a change, author Padma Venkatraman did something she’d classify as unusual. She started a hashtag. From the outset, it doesn’t seem like much, but Venkatraman is doing what she can now that she can’t speak to a room of people. This hashtag, #AuthorsTakeAction, is representative of Venkatraman’s initiative to unite readers and authors during this pandemic.
On her website, Venkatraman details the start of her campaign. She explains that she understands that people look to celebrities and idols for information and guidance. And after the Imagine Medley, we as a public have been disappointed. Venkatraman doesn’t want to be a part of that disappointment, and on April 9th, she began Authors Take Action. She asked other authors to be a part of this campaign, telling them “Let’s use our platform to reach them with an important message: Take social distancing seriously. Save lives. Our emergency personnel need our support.”
Instructions are simple. Take a copy of your book, stick a post-it note to the front. On the note, write an encouraging or informational message along with #AuthorsTakeAction. Then, take a selfie and post it. Venkatraman opens the campaign to authors of all kinds, asking pre-published authors and illustrators to share as well.
Venkatraman is trying to remind us that we are completely dependent on one another at the moment. The only way to keep people alive is if we, as a collective, stay safe and act accordingly. Together, we can keep ourselves, each other, and health workers safe. And for those who can’t stay home, for work reasons or otherwise, please be safe and take care of yourself.
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