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December 31, 1969



Award-winning Author's Book Signing

The Folk School's continued support of varied literary genres, and appreciation for roles that culture and conflict play in a well-crafted story, make it an ideal venue for an exciting upcoming event. On Wednesday, August 21 at 7 p.m. in the Keith House Community Room, award-winning author John Warley will share insights from his latest book, The Home Guard. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase.

The Home Guard weaves the tale of Carter Barnwell, a 12-year-old Beaufort, South Carolina youth who thoroughly enjoys his life in the Carolina Lowcountry. When the Battle of Port Royal Sound commences, and thousands of Union troops converge on Beaufort, Carter's way of life changes forever.

Along with his grandmother, Carter flees to his family's hunting lodge on a nearby island, where he meets a Pennsylvania missionary's daughter with her own conflicted feelings and beliefs. As Civil War events unfold around him, Carter is transformed from a carefree Southern boy into a resilient young man facing challenges beyond his years.

To craft this intriguing tale, John Warley drew upon his own Carolina Lowcountry upbringing. Hailing from Florence, South Carolina, he graduated from The Citadel before earning a law degree and serving in the Army. Following two years as a Washington, DC-based trade association staff counsel, and 21 years as a practicing lawyer in Newport News, Virginia, Warley and his late wife, Barbara, relocated to Beaufort, South Carolina.

Today, John Warley has come full circle, living in the heart of his beloved Lowcountry and enjoying success as a writer who has published five well-received novels. Warley also maintains close ties with The Citadel. In 2012, he composed an inscription for The Citadel War Memorial, a project sponsored by his Class of 1967. He also penned a college history focusing on the wars and conflicts in which Citadel alumni fought.

John Warley also enjoyed a friendship with Pat Conroy, the late Southern wordsmith who wrote several acclaimed novels. Today, Warley actively supports the Pat Conroy Literary Center. To learn more about John Warley's books, and view some of his favorite photos, visit his website: https://www.johnwarley.com/.


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