Chronicling the Days – Karin Turkington

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

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This piece is by Karin Turkington, writing on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

As an introvert, I’m managing quite well with all this alone time. I love the quiet.

I listen to CBC radio, so I feel like I’m not really alone. Normally, I’d be woken up by the sound of car alarms and trucks bumbling down the street over pot holes. This quiet is a rare treat and I’m grateful for it. I can hear the birds singing and the occasional sound of children and families playing outside.

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