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Lowcountry Literature

Let’s get lit: Authentically Southern authors.

One of the best things about living here is that the weather is still perfect for sitting on the beach in October. That means our summer reading doesn’t have to end. Check out some of our local Lowcountry authors and their books before picking your next beach read.

Here at LOCAL Life, we love to support those in our community and that includes local authors. With that list including New York Times best-selling authors Pat Conroy and Mary Kay Andrews, there’s definitely reason to celebrate. Learn more about Conroy, Andrews and other Lowcountry authors below and add a book or two to your to-read list.

What makes someone local? While we can’t put a set definition on it, we feel reading local Lowcountry authors is definitely a place to start. Here are just a handful of the local authors whose books might just be your next great beach read.

Pat Conroy

Connection to Lowcountry: Conroy grew up on military bases throughout the South and attended The Citadel. After graduating, he taught high school at Beaufort High School (his alma mater) and on Daufuskie Island (written about in his memoir “The Water is Wide.”) His books all connect back to his life in the Lowcountry in both obvious and subtle ways. Greatest Hits: “The Water is Wide”, “The Prince of Tides”, “The Great Santini”

Dorothea Benton Frank

Connection to Lowcountry: Frank was born and raised on Sullivan’s Island and attended high school in Charleston. Her novels are typically set in South Carolina and she has written several book for the series “Lowcountry Tales.” Greatest Hits: “By Invitation Only”, “All Summer Long”, “Porch Lights”

Mary Kay Andrews

Connection to Lowcountry: Andrews (a pen name) grew up in Florida and has spent most of her life in the Atlanta area. She now splits her time between Atlanta and Tybee Island. Her books are all set in the South. Greatest hits: “The High Tide Club”, “The Weekenders”, “The Fixer Upper”

Pat Branning

Connection to Lowcountry: Branning started her career in Atlanta and moved to Beaufort with her husband to work for the South Carolina Educational Television. Her cookbooks combine artistic works of Southern artists, stories of life in the Lowcountry, and classic Lowcountry recipes. Greatest Hits: “Shrimp, Collards & Grits”, “Southern Traditions”, “Pullin’ Pots”

Kathryn R. Wall

Connection to Lowcountry: Wall has lived on Hilton Head Island since 1994 and is a founding member of Island Writers’ Network. Her series of Bay Tanner mysteries take place throughout the surrounding Lowcountry. Greatest Hits: “In for a Penny”, “Perdition House”, “The Mercy Oak”

Mary Alice Monroe

Connection to Lowcountry: Monroe lives outside of Charleston and uses Southern settings and women as the focal point for many of her novels. She is also a 2018 inductee to the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Greatest Hits: “The Beach House”, “A Lowcountry Christmas”, “The Butterfly’s Daughter”