Led by several Mississippi-related gift books, booksellers at Square Books head into the holiday season eager to please many shoppers looking for interesting and appealing gift books.
What Can I Bring? by Today Show regular Elizabeth Heiskell from here in Lafayette County, and Oxford's John Cofield with his marvelous Oxford, Mississippi: The Cofield Collection lead the pack, while Oxford's Sarah Camp Milam's Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails and Mississippian foodie Robert St John and artist Wyatt Waters, who have teamed up again, this time for A Mississippi Palate, are close behind, as is the instantly classic The Mississippi Encyclopedia, signed by editors Ann Abadie, Charles Wilson, Ted Ownby, and James Thomas.
Garden & Gun editor-in-chief David Dibenedetto recently visited with several other contributors to sign copies of S is for Southern, an armchair compendium of classic and obscure pieces on all the sorts of things that make us what we are, y'all. We may have a few signed copies of The Chef and the Slow Cooker, signed by the Georgia restaurateur originally from Canada, Hugh Acheson, as well as John T. Edge's Potlikker Papers.
Beth Ann Fennelly's Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro Memoirs, a great literary stocking stuffer, and Perennials by Julie Cantrell, have been hot, and we have perhaps more signed titles in stock than ever, including John Grisham's latest three -- The Rooster Bar, Camino Island, and The Whistler; Jesmyn Ward's National Book Award winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing; The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, signed by its three editors -- John Marszalek, David Nolen, and Louie Gallo; plus The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; My Soul Looks Back, Jessica Harris; Joe Hagan's excellent account of Jann Wenner's Rolling Stone, Sticky Fingers; Kathleen Wickham's great account of twelve reporters who covered the Ole Miss desegregation crisis, We Believed We Were Immortal; and Mark Bowden's epochal account of the American war in Vietnam, Hue 1968.
It’s hard not to like John Grisham, featured here in this recent Vanity Fair interview, and author of the recent novels, The Rooster Bar and Camino Island, signed first editions of which are still available at regular list price from Square Books. Ask for speedy shipping and our complimentary gift wrapping for the holidays.
Danielle (far left), Richard (center), and Sarah (far right) of Square Books were surprised November 21st in the late afternoon with roses given to them by Alla and Shamsa, University of Mississippi students from Oman celebrating Oman's National Day. Sometimes this troubled world surprises us with gifts of joy and love.
Jesmyn Ward made history when she became the first woman to win two National Book Awards for Fiction. This past week she received the award for her latest novel Sing, Unburied, Sing and first won in 2011 for her novel Salvage the Bones. She visited Square Books for a signing with both books and was the University of Mississippi's Grisham Writer in Residence in 2010-2011.
As a native of DeLisle, Mississippi, Ward continues the tradition of Mississippi literature. Sing, Unburied, Sing depicts a rural African American family in south Mississippi. Rich with Ward's distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an unforgettable family story. We have signed first editions for both Sing, Unburied, Sing and Salvage the Bones. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about a special offer for the two books.
Robert St. John & Wyatt Waters sign A Mississippi Palate
Wednesday, November 8th at 5pm
Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters have done it again. These Mississippians are pleased to introduce their fourth collaboration. With St. John's innovative versions of traditional and contemporary Mississippi recipes, along with Waters' famed watercolors of the state's most indelible images, it's sure to be another classic from the pair that brought us A Southern Palate, Southern Seasons, and An Italian Palate.
Nautilus Publishing Company, located in Oxford, has a few upcoming events at Square Books.
Monday, October 30th at 5pm
Jim Carmody with The Big Nasty (by Ron Borne)
The Big Nasty depicts the life and times of one of Mississippi's most fascinating coaches, Jim Carmody. This book, the third by beloved University of Mississippi professor Ron Borne, was completed three days before his death. We miss him.
Wednesday, November 1st at 5pm
Hubert McAlexander with From the Chickasaw Cession to Yoknapatawpha: Historical Essays on North Mississippi
From the Chickasaw to Yoknapatawpha: Historical Essays on North Mississippi is a collection of essays and documents written by Mississippians over the years -- a mosaic that tells the story of the settlement and growth of North Mississippi and explores the region's literary significance.
Friday, November 3rd at 5pm
Jane Stanley with Jane: A Memoir
Long-time Oxford resident Jane Stanley (formerly Borne) has captured a most unconventional life on the pages of this candid, sometimes shocking memoir.
Friday, November 10th at 5pm
Ole Miss Business: The First 100 Years
Ole Miss Business, a 200-page illustrated history of the school, takes the reader on a century-long journey from the inaugural 1917 semester of the School of Commerce, led by James Warsaw Bell (its first dean) through the spirited leadership of Ken Cyree, the school's current (and eleventh) dean.
On Monday, October 16th, at the Chancellor's House, John Cofield signs Oxford, Mississippi: The Cofield Collection, which is a pictorial history of Oxford featuring phographs from the Dain, Meek, Leslie, and Cofield collections, as well as many private collections. This event is at the Chancellor's House at 5pm (no on-site parking available).
Elizabeth Heiskell, the owner of Woodson Ridge Farm and The Debutante Farmer, treats us with another cookbook. What Can I Bring? is based on her monthly Southern Living magazine feature "What Can I Bring?" No matter the occasion, this cookbook will guide you in bringing the perfect dish to any sort of soirée. She signs on Tuesday, October 17th at 5pm at Off Square Books.
For a full listing of our events, visit squarebooks.com/event.
Beth Ann Fennelly takes the stage at Off Square Books Tuesday evening with her new book, Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs. Some pieces are only a half-page long, none is longer than perhaps three pages, and, while this is not exactly poetry, the author, a poet, writes these mostly personal vignettes poetically, excising any narrative excess in order to get to the gist of memory and meaning, thus having the effect of poetry — very good poetry, that is — and causing the virtuosic novelist, Richard Ford, to confess, "I wish I'd written it." — RH