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Camden Writers serve up memories in new book

Posted: November 28, 2014 2:26 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2014 6:00 a.m.
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Camden Writers members standing: Jayne Padgett Bowers (left), Paddy Bell, Brenda Bevan Remmes and Douglas Wyant. Sitting: Nick West (left), Ari Dickinson and Kathryn Etters Lovatt.

The Camden Writers have whipped up a book titled “Serving Up Memory,” which features short stories, recipes and poetry. Local book store Books on Broad will hold a book launch Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. in conjunction with its holiday open house. Samples of recipes featured in the book will be available.

A total of 13 writers -- Paddy Bell, Jayne Padgett Bowers, Ari Dickinson, Vanessa Friedrich, Martha Dabbs Greenway, Laura Bruno Lilly, Mindy Blakely, Bobbi Adams, Kathryn Etters Lovatt, Brenda Bevan Remmes, Nick West, Douglas Wyant and Lauren Allen, all who are well published -- from the Camden area came together to produce content for the book. The writers spent more than a year prepping the 47 entries, which tell stories derived from memories of people, places and even recipes-- to put into the work. They took the self-publishing route and even had the unique opportunity to develop their own publisher name  to appear inside the book.

“They [entries] all have been rewritten and are polished,” member Kathryn Etters Lovatt said.

According to the writers, the idea to write and ultimately compile content for the book came about when two members decided to put each member’s work together. Their urge to do so resulted in a response from readers that none of the writers were expecting. The writers said  they have received positive responses from people all over the world, and feel it is because of the shared common details  their stories encompass that many people may not have necessarily experienced, but know about in some way.

“We feel that our stories are universal,” Lovatt said. “What we thought would be local has been beyond that.”

Readers can expect to dabble through memories from the writers’ experiences, as well as memories of stories  told to them by other people they encountered in their lives. From hearing about the Great Depression to World War II, the writers reveal some of their most cherished and memorable memories. 

“We are proud to have written about other people -- none of the stories are about us,” Camden Writer Jayne Padgett Bowers said. “It’s a tribute to our ancestors.”

Lovatt and Douglas Wyant founded Camden Writers in 2007. It is a chapter of the S.C. Writers’ Workshop.

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