Johnathon Scott Barrett

The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will host an evening with raconteur and writer Johnathon Scott Barrett, author of the debut novel Ship Watch, on Friday, January 12, at 5:00 p.m., at the Conroy Center (601 Bladen St., Beaufort). Weather permitting, the event will be outside. Free and open to the public, this event is presented in collaboration with the Beaufort chapter of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club. Books will be available for sale and signing. Please call to reserve your seat in advance: 843-379-7025.

About Ship Watch and Johnathon Scott Barrett
Set around the renowned and historical homestead at the center of the drama, Ship Watch weaves together six intertwined relationships that extend from the gentrified city of Savannah and into the wealthy enclaves of Sea Island, Highlands, and Atlanta’s Buckhead. The novel’s characters are drawn in the loom by the family’s elegantly formidable matriarch, Grand Martha, and form a multi-generational tapestry that includes the misfortunes of divorce and betrayal – but in more and even better measure opportunities for redemption, rediscovery, and the rarified gift of ‘second love.’ By combining an encompassing setting having a solid sense of place along with characters that are captivating and rather extraordinary, Ship Watch is a sometimes bittersweet, yet often comedic, Southern tour-de-force debut novel.

“Watch, the family’s long-owned grand plantation on the banks of the Savannah River, is contested, proverbial long knives are brandished. Much of this engrossing tale depicts place—Savannah, Highlands, and Sea Island—where the wealthy make merry and hold court.”—Jameson Gregg, Georgia Author of the Year, Luck Be a Chicken

“Storyteller extraordinaire, raconteur, and old-school bon vivant Johnathon Barrett celebrates the most glorious aspects of Southern life in all four of his wonderfully written books.”—Janis Owens, award-winning and bestselling author of American Ghost and My Brother Michael

Johnathon Scott Barrett is a seventh-generation Georgian with a deep appreciation of the literary and culinary traditions of the South. He is the author of three widely acclaimed cookbooks, which critics hail for their entertaining stories and extensive recipes. Besides writing, Johnathon is a CPA and has worked as a nonprofit executive for the last three decades. Currently, he serves as director of development for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA. He divides his time between homes in Winterville and Savannah, Georgia. Ship Watch is his debut novel.