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A Summer with Southern Authors: John Warley

August 6, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


The Charleston Library Society happily announces the launch of a community partnership with Evening Post Books & Buxton Books.  Beginning this summer, we will offer substantive, informative and entertaining “virtual” programs until the Library Society can resume onsite gatherings. Convening every other Thursday at 4:30PM, the series will present a diverse group of Southern Authors as they discuss their works and the influence of the South in their worlds.

Join John Warley, author of The Home Guard and Stand Forever, Yielding Never, as he has a conversation with Polly Buxton of Buxton Books about his incredible stories, fiction & nonfiction alike. With a historian’s eye for detail, Warley has written a story set in and around Beaufort during the Civil War in his book The Home Guard. His history of the Citadel, Stand Forever, Yielding Never is rich in intimate details of the institution and its leadership. He’ll discuss both books in this session. An RSVP is required to attend this event.

All attendees will receive an email invitation to the Zoom event on Wednesday, June 10th. For any questions, contact Dutch Reutter at dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

In my early 40s, I felt the need for a passion I’d lost in the practice of law. Writing filled that need, and I’ve been doing a lot of it ever since. I wrote my first novel between 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. It took a year, and when I finished I wasn’t sure I hadn’t wasted my time.

So I sent it to Pat Conroy, my Citadel classmate and baseball teammate from the class of 1967. I figured Pat knew a thing or two about writing, given the success of books like The Prince of Tides. Pat loved my book and asked my permission to send it to his agent, which I gave (duh?) His agent, one of New York’s best, signed me up, predicting a major trade hard cover and a film deal. That turned out to be a bit optimistic, but I still believe Bethesda’s Child is a fine novel.

In 2014, Story River Books, an imprint of the University of South Carolina Press, published A Southern Girl, my novel inspired by the adoption of my Korean daughter into a conservative Southern family. Pat Conroy deemed it “as stylish as a novel by John Irving and as tightly written as one by John Grisham. I wish I’d written this book.” I’ve been gratified by the reviews and sales of that book. In March 2018, Evening Post Books published my history of The Citadel entitled Stand Forever, Yielding Never; The Citadel in the 21st Century.

I’m a native South Carolinian, a graduate of The Citadel and the University of Virginia School of Law. I practiced law in Virginia until 1993, when I moved to Mexico to write and teach. Now a full-time writer, I divide my time between Beaufort, South Carolina, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


August 6, 2020
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm