Waldo Goes Wild in Oxford, Mississippi

Where’s Waldo, you ask? In this town, he’s everywhere. Celebrating Waldo’s twenty-fifth birthday and in support of local businesses across the nation, the WHERE’S WALDO LOCAL campaign in Oxford got off to a great start through the Oxford, Mississippi, Downtown Council. Twenty-five businesses around the town square agreed to participate – hiding a small Waldo figure in their stores in a new place each day so that children could come in, find Waldo in twenty out of twenty-five stores, and get vouchers which they could turn in for a Waldo button and a chance to win prizes.

The promotion began July 1 and by Monday, July 9, seventy-five children already had turned in their Coupons. And the momentum continues to grow, according to WHERE’S WALDO LOCAL coordinator Alissa Lilly, who works at Square Books. “We went along with the Waldo thing just because it sounded like a neat idea,” said one business owner, “but we never dreamed it would bring so many people in our store!” A mother was reported looking around for Waldo because “my daughter is away at camp and begged me to go find Waldo.”  

Lilly was contacted for comment but was too busy making new “I Found Waldo” cards and rounding up more prizes, many of which will come from participating stores, because the Waldo buttons are running out fast. The promotion, which continues through July 31, also features numerous appearances around the square by a real-life Waldo.

Waldo Turns 25

WHERE'S WALDO?
In Oxford, MS, of course.

He's turning twenty-five this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 25 stores on the Square all through the month of July. From Off Square Books to Nest Paper Studio, from Knit1 Oxford to Holli’s Sweet Tooth, Waldo figures are showing up July 1-31. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Oxford, MS” search list at Square Books, Jr.
Waldo will make his debut on the historic Square on Saturday, June 30 during the Oxford Downtown Council’s “Happy Birthday, Oxford! Summer Fest”. In addition to the launch of "Where's Waldo Local", activities will include Mrs. Mary's Petting Zoo, birthday cake, bounce ride, popcorn and cotton candy machines, dunk tank and face painting. You could even get a chance to dunk Square Books, Jr's Jill Moore!    

Natalie Bakopoulos signs THE GREEN SHORE

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Natalie Bakopoulos
 
In her masterful debut novel, The Green Shore, award-winning writer Natalie Bakopoulos vividly illuminates a seminal yet little-explored moment in Greek history: the 1967 military coup d’état, which ushered in a seven-year period of devastating brutality and repression.

Through lyrical prose of wisdom and sophistication, we follow the adventures of one family, whose stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of this turbulent period. Eleni, a widowed doctor, struggles with her lost sense of passion, both personal and political, in the face of this latest challenge to democracy. Her brother, Mihalis, an eccentric poet of some renown, finds himself keeping a low profile as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged wife. Eleni’s daughter Sophie, a student of French literature, gets swept up in the resistance alongside her privileged, left-leaning boyfriend, while her youngest child, pensive Anna, watches events unfold with increasing anxiety. As the years pass and the dictatorship’s oppressive rule continues unchallenged, their lives unfold in surprising ways, each seeking and finding love and fulfillment as they struggle to make their own peace with when to stay silent and when to act.

Set in Athens and Paris, The Green Shore is an ambitiously told and transporting literary tour de force that delves into a momentous episode in the history of a distant country. The stories of these unforgettable characters sear our hearts and make us understand not only this place, but also what it means to be human, in a new way.

 


Our Lady of the Ruins: Poems

TRACI BRIMHALL
 
Winner of the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, Our Lady of the Ruins tracks a group of women through their pilgrimage in a mid-apocalyptic world. Exploring war, plagues, and the search for a new God in exile, these poems create a chorus of wanderers haunted by empire, God, and personal trauma. Brimhall is currently the Summer Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi. 

from Hysteria: A Requiem

Now, in the last world, we bury nightingales     beneath the floor.     Trackers with their ears to the ground listen for angels approaching. Where is the saint,              mortally torn and wearing a hood of stars, bearing her own redemption?

 

DUST TO DUST

BENJAMIN BUSCH
 
Son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch, Benjamin Busch carries us on a haunting, humorous, and poignant journey in search of himself and his parents, especially his father. Reducing his life to thepurest elements that compose it soil, water, blood, bone, ash, stone, wood, metal, arms the younger Busch intersperses stories of growing up in North Carolina, rural New York, and California with his harrowing andlife-defining experiences on the sports field and on the battlefields of Iraq. While his father experienced the world through language and hadan intellectual relationship with the physical universe, Busch gains comprehension of his environment by throwing himself against it. His father builds with words, but the son builds with pieces of earth and comes to understand life through digging, cutting, climbing, and stacking. Drawn to high school football because of its armor which protects him in the combat of adolescence and separates him from the belief in injury, Busch charges down the field one Friday night with all his energy channeled into plowing into and tackling the runner returningthe games opening kick. Struck in the knee which was unprotected by pads and armor by a teammate, his leg seems to unravel around the bone, and in that moment his entire life is defined by physical pain and the will to survive it. Though his father feared the insignificance of his prose and his death, the younger Busch defiantly stares down both, living boldly in the face of mortality.
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ISTANBUL PASSAGE

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Joeseph Kanon
 
You probably know Joseph Kanon for The Good German or Los Alamos, but truth be told, all of his books are good and deserve a look. His newest, Istanbul Passage, is no exception. Set in 1945 Istanbul, it's the story of an American undercover agent who descends into the murky world of compromise and betrayal that will come to define the post-war era. Rich in atmosphere and period detail, Kanon effortlessly blends fact and fiction, proving once again why he has been called the heir apparent to Graham Greene.  CM