Congratulations on the publication of ALONE TOGETHER: A CURIOUS EXPLORATION OF LONELINESS by Petti Fong, illustrated by Jonathan Dyck releasing today with Orca Book Publishers!

The world is facing an epidemic of loneliness.

The COVID-19 pandemic taught us new words, like isolation, quarantine and social distancing. In places like the UK and Japan, governments have appointed ministers of loneliness to examine the problem and find ways to help their citizens. What does it mean to be lonely, and what can we do about it?

Alone Together explores what superheroes can teach us about being alone, the ways kids have survived on their own and how activists in the civil rights movement took a stand against loneliness. Discover what comfort foods, sweatpants and being kind to each other have to do with loneliness.

Based on the podcast of the same name. Readers will learn about loneliness and how being alone can ultimately bring us closer together.


“Fong emphasizes that even when we’re alone, we’re in it together—and we can work through it together. An excellent SEL resource.” – Booklist

“With no tropes to lean on, Fong has taken apart the topics of “alone” and “together” that preoccupied everyone during the lockdown phase of the pandemic, and created an accessible guide to individual integrity…Fong is thoughtful in the material included but lighthearted in its rendering, and young readers will find much to consider in this “Think” series entry.” – School Library Journal (SLJ)

“Alone Together is a resource not only for preteen or teen audience but also an engaging resource for any adult. Highly Recommended.” – CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Petti (Peg) Fong is the journalist who created, hosts and writes the podcast Alone Together: A Curious Exploration of Loneliness from Apostrophe Podcast Network, executive produced by Terry O’Reilly. Over the last 10 years, she has interviewed hundreds of experts on the topic of loneliness and social isolation. She was a staff reporter at The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail and the western bureau chief for The Toronto Star Newspaper. Currently, she is the Vancouver correspondent for The Economist Magazine. She has an M.S. Journalism from Columbia University and teaches journalism at Langara College and business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In 2003, she was a regional finalist in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, a finalist in the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Competition for 2019, and a longlist finalist for the Desperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction 2020.

Peg is represented by Carolyn Forde.