Roger Newman, the author of “Will O’ the Wisp: Madness, War, and Recompense”, has been invited to host an author event on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Badd Boys Cafe at 2711 Middleburg Drive in Columbia, S.C, (29402).

The monthly social, sponsored by Words and Wine, provides an opportunity for readers and writers to mix and mingle while featuring a presentation and book signing by a South Carolina author. The events are held in partnership with Moe Baddourah, owner of Badd Boys Cafe, on the 4th Tuesday of each month. There is no charge, however, donations are requested at the door. Refreshments will be served and the bar is open for purchasing wine, beer, or soda. The events are open to everyone and all are invited to join the Words and Wine Facebook group,

This event is very exciting for me as I grew up in Columbia, graduating from Spring Valley High School. Columbia and Spring Valley have been the setting in several of my previous books. I hope that many of my old classmates might be able to come out on July 26th for a mini-reunion of “The Circle of Thor” or “Old Life” or the “Stage Door Posse” or whatever we called ourselves back then. The new book, “Will O’ the Wisp: Madness, War, and Recompense” is a Civil War historical fiction novel about a Charleston blockade runner and the lost Confederate gold. I hope to see you there in Columbia on July 26th.

In other good news, my book received a shout-out in the

MUSC Alumni Newsletter published in January 2022.

Roger Newman, M.D. ’80, has recently published a new novel, titled “Will O’ the Wisp: Madness, War, and Recompense”. It is the story of a Shem Creek shipbuilder and blockade runner, Captain Jack Whitesides Holmes, and his brother-in-law, George Alfred Trenholm. The book addresses the forces that moved Charleston to insurrection, the impact of the Civil War on the city, and the redemption of the two main characters in the aftermath. Along the way, the story taps into the perilous adventures of the South’s elusive blockade running fraternity, murderous highwaymen, and what became of the “lost” Confederate treasury. The Medical College of South Carolina, especially St. Luke’s Chapel, also gets several shout-outs. Newman is an endowed chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where he has been for over thirty years.

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