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Coping with quarantine: Lowcountry authors share what they’re reading and writing

Updated: 11 hours ago

By Adam Parker aparker@postandcourier.com

May 2, 2020 Updated Sep 14, 2020

Authors lead a solitary life. They sequester themselves in their writing rooms for hours at a time. They dwell on memories of lived experience; they contemplate the ideas others have put down in books.

In normal times, the isolation is by choice. During a pandemic, it’s by necessity. Yet books must be written, and books must be read, and in so doing, one might find a certain comfort, or distraction, or illumination.

Writers are mere mortals, subject to the same anxieties as everyone else, and therefore just as likely as any of us to be pushed off course by a global pandemic. The Post and Courier reached out to six South Carolina-based writers to find out how they are coping with the coronavirus-imposed shut-in and what sort of writing and reading they can manage.

Left to Right:

Top: Patti Callahan, Brad Taylor, Bernard Cornwell.

Bottom: Signe Pike, Nicole Seitz, Gary Jackson

Patti Callahan