William P. Baldwin is an award-winning novelist, biographer and historian. A lifelong resident of the Carolina Lowcountry, his works include Plantations of the Low CountryLow Country Plantations Today; and the oral histories Mrs. Whaley and her Charleston GardenHeaven is a Beautiful Place and Journey of a Hope Merchant. Baldwin’s novel , The Hard to Catch Mercy, won the Lillian Smith Award for fiction. He is married with two grown sons, two wonderful daughter-in-laws, three near perfect grandchildren and a kayak.


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  1. Hi William,

    I recently came across your book (with Selden B. Hill) to be released, The Unpainted South, via Awendaw Green on Facebook. It looks like such a beautiful book – I can’t wait to see it. For the past year or so, I’ve been developing a website, http://www.US17CoastalHighway.com – and my goal is to help to promote and preserve what is unique about the Highway 17 corridor from Virginia to Florida. I’ve worked with several photographers so far – and received their permission to include a photograph (or two or three!) on my website, and of course I acknowlede them, etc. I also like to promote their books when I can – and would love to include a post about The Unpainted South when it is released. I was recently asked by Houghton-Mifflin to do a piece for a recently published book “The Big Roads” – and so I am preparing written questions for the author (he will answer them, and then I will published the Q&A on my site). Would you and Selden perhaps be interested in doing something similar? If so – I could send a few questions (~3-5) and send them to you within a week or so. I completely understand if you don’t want to do this – and regardless, I’ll announce the book when it is released (if you go to my website, and click on the ‘photography’ link on the left under ‘categories’ – you’ll see some examples of what I’ve done). There’s also a book category as well.

    I’ve lived in Mt Pleasant (very northern end) for about 17 years, and I have a research laboratory at Hobcaw Barony – so I’ve driven through Awendaw and McClellanville regularly for years – but right now I’m in the DC area for a one year position (so I’ll be able to get to know US 17’s northern most end!) – I’m in SC often, but unfortunately won’t be there for the opening (I’d love to have been able to attend). Thanks for reading my rambling comment, and best of luck with the book – I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,


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