De’Shawn Charles Winslow

As a free event of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center’s seventh annual March Forth, NeverMore Books will host an evening with New York Times bestselling novelist De’Shawn Charles Winslow, author of the newly published Decent People, in conversation with Jonathan Haupt. Winslow’s debut novel, In West Mills, was awarded the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Decent People returns to West Mills with a social justice-themed murder mystery, which has already been recognized on the recommended reading lists of USA Today, Good Housekeeping, the American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next, and Apple Books.

Free and open to the public, this book discussion and signing will be held at NeverMore Books (910 Port Republic St, Beaufort) on Friday, March 3, at 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited; please call 843-812-9460 to reserve in advance.


“De’Shawn Charles Winslow invites readers on a satisfying ride that, through his keen observations of human nature, leads to deeper considerations of the glacial progress of racial equality.”―BookPage, starred review

“Winslow chronicles the aftermath of a triple homicide that rocks a segregated Southern community in his dynamic latest . . . There are a trove of surprises along the way to the well-earned resolution, and Winslow entrances readers with strong characters, impeccable prose, and brisk pacing. As a character-driven mystery, it delivers the goods.”―Publishers Weekly

De’Shawn Charles Winslow is the author of In West Mills, a Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winner, an American Book Award recipient, a Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction winner, and a Los Angeles Times Book Award, Lambda Literary Award, and Publishing Triangle Award finalist. His second novel, Decent People,was published in January 2023. He was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Interviewer Jonathan Haupt is executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, a judge for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and a guest book reviewer for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Charleston Post and Courier.

March Forth continues on Saturday, 3/4, and Sunday, 3/5, with a free young readers read-aloud event at the Port Royal Farmers Market and special events at Penn Center featuring appearances by J. Drew Lanham, John Lane, Megan Miranda, and Marcus Amaker. Learn more and register in advance at