Richard Flanagan (NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH) wins Man Booker Prize

 
     Congratulations to Richard Flanagan and The Narrow Road to the Deep North upon winning the Man Booker Prize today! The author is a long time favorite to the booksellers at Square Books and to a great many readers and friends he has made on the five visits from his native Tasmania to this community, most recently on September 16 this year, when he was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Oxford.    
     Congratulations to Knopf, his publisher, as well as to Grove Atlantic -- Morgan Entrekin in particular -- who published his first five books in the U.S., including the exquisite edition of Gould's Book of Fish.     Flanagan fans around the world will be toasting him tonight, including a happy crowd upstairs at City Grocery.

Read a Rainbow


      Square Books is happy to announce we are now carrying the entirety of the Penguin Drop Caps series for your viewing and reading pleasure. Comprised of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of enduring works of literature, each features a bold and innovative design by award-winning typographer Jessica Hische. While we don't advocate judging books by their covers, the Drop Caps volumes look stunning on or off your bookshelf as decor for dorms, nurseries, and living room mantels (just be sure to crack the spine and enjoy the stories too). Purchasing three or more volumes warrants a 10% discount and readers interested in owning the alphabetical set will enjoy a 20% discount. Please click here for the A-Z list of titles.

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Welcome Home Richard Flanagan

     Grove Atlantic Publishing sent Richard Flanagan to Mississippi for the Oxford Conference for the Book in 2000 on his U.S. tour for The Sound of One Hand Clapping. Those were heady times.  Larry Brown, William Gay ("Willie" to Richard)  and Barry Hannah were all still with us.  We found his writing powerful, affecting, and empathetic, while we found Richard to be humble, affectionate and simpatico.  Since then, Richard has returned to Oxford for all but one of his six novels; each time building a larger reading audience and making more friends. It has been seven years since we had an event for The Unknown Terrorist, and we were anxious to welcome him back to his spiritual home in the United States.  

     To make it official, Mayor Pat Patterson issued a proclamation declaring Richard Flanagan an honorary citizen of Oxford and he was given a bag of the best tchotchkes our Tourism Office has to offer. Flanagan went on to speak eloquently about Oxford, about The Narrow Road to the Deep North and his father.  The audience was visibly moved and many expressed thanks for the best reading they had ever attended.  We are happy to be able to share videos taken during the event here and here.  And we were thrilled -- but not surprised -- to find out on September 9th that The Narrow Road to the Deep North is named to the short list for the Man Booker Prize (see the finalists here).  We are placing all bets on him.

Fall 2014 Dear Reader




The Fall 2014
Dear Reader is available for online viewing and is packed full of debuts from authors who are going to be visiting us soon such as Malcom Brooks with PAINTED HORSES, John Darnielle with WOLF IN WHITE VAN and Katy Simpson Smith with THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA. Plus, new books from favorite authors Curtis Wilkie, John Hailman, John Grisham, and Richard Flanagan, Richard Ford, Darcey Steinke, Frederick Barthelme, and -- for the first time here -- children's authors Chris Van Allsburg & Jon Scieszka.

Ace Atkins Shelf Awareness Interview

Bookselling Newsletter, Shelf Awareness, talks with Ace Aktins about Quin Colson TV, his writing process and music from Spencer's jazz to Quinn's classic country. (Click photo for more)

Some nonfiction writers say they have a hard time writing fiction because they'd have to make everything up from scratch, while some fiction writers say they struggle with writing nonfiction because they have to stick to the facts and can't shape the story to their liking. You've done both. Which form do you find easier?

I don't think I really came into my own as a writer until I started to blend the two for my novels. My first four books were somewhat surreal, and it wasn't until I started using my background as a reporter in my fiction that my stories took on an added dimension. My fifth novel, White Shadow, really changed everything for me in my writing style and approach to novels. I work much in the same way now with my Quinn Colson books.

Why did you decide to write about the plight of the American soldier returning home after being at war?

My longtime editor at G.P. Putnam asked me to consider developing a series character in contemporary times. Coming off four novels based on true stories set long ago, I was searching for someone specific to the South, where I live, and who offered an exciting story to play out in future books...