New Grisham Released


Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.

Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.

Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.

On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.

What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday . . .

Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

Grisham fans, we have plenty of signed copies of CALICO JOE released April 10th.


A large crowd formed outside Square Books in anticipation of Caroline Kennedy's book signing October 11th.   At 4 p.m. Ms. Kennedy took her seat behind a table in the back of the store and graciously greeted everyone in attendance, many of whom related stories about the influence her family had had on their lives. She asked questions of many Ole Miss students, and was photographed continuously, shook a lot of hands, signed all the copies of Listening In, and surprised the crowd down the street at Off Square Books with an impromptu appearance on Thacker Mountain Radio. Backstage she met Charlie Mars, who gave her his new CD, Blackberry Light, along with a brief (and we suspect partial) tattoo presentation.

Having been urged to come to Oxford by her daughter, Rose, who visited Oxford this summer, Caroline Kennedy took the time to acquaint herself with our town, and was noticed by lots of folks as she walked around the Square, ate in local restaurants, drove around town and campus, and toured Rowan Oak. She took a special interest in seeing the home of L. Q. C. Lamar, as Lamar is one of the subjects of her father's classic book, Profiles In Courage. Her visit here is unquestionably one of Square Books' prouder and more memorable moments.  RH

**We have a few signed copies of LISTENING IN left at Square Books so call and order today.

The World in a Week

Woooo boy.  I'm looking at next week's event schedule and see that it is not only a full week, but a wildly varied one as well.  Perhaps it could be seen as a fairly accurate sampling of what we always striving for in connecting up authors with their readers. On Tuesday, Kristen Iversen, will be discussing her book FULL BODY BURDEN: GROWING UP IN THE NUCLEAR SHADOW OF ROCKY FLATS. In this serious piece of investigative journalism, Ms. Iversen writes about Rocky Flats which, at least at one time, had a higher level of plutonium in the soil than Nagasaki. Parallel to her reporting she shares her memories from her childhood and later life there, making this at once a factual account and a close-up view of the human cost.
Wednesday we welcome Chuck Thompson back to Oxford, perhaps for the last time without a passport visa.  Mr. Thompson visited us last with a collection of his travel writing SMILE WHEN YOU'RE LYING. Unbeknownst to us, he must have been doing research for his newest book BETTER OFF WITHOUT 'EM:  A NORTHERN MANIFESTO FOR SOUTHERN SECESSION, which, depending on your point of view, is caustic humor in the "Modest Proposal" tradition or an inflammatory and vituperative return to yellow journalism. Join the conversation to decide for yourself.
J.R. Moehringer came to Square Books in 2005 when he published his touching memoir THE TENDER BAR, of growing up in a single mother household and how the regulars at his uncle's bar became his father figures. SUTTON is his first novel and by all accounts this story of Willie Sutton, who robbed over 100 banks in his day is every bit as poignant and well written.  Mr. Moehringer will be the guest author on Thacker Mountain Radio on Thursday.
That show will begin at 6pm by which time the signing for LISTENING IN: THE SECRET WHITEHOUSE RECORDINGS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY with Caroline Kennedy should be winding down. Ms. Kennedy will be signing at the original Square Books building beginning at 4pm.  It is a ticketed signing with a limited number so if you haven't purchased your copy and received your ticket you should do so soon.
Friday we will bring it back home with SWEETNESS FOLLOWS: THE STORY OF SAM AND THE TREAT OF THE WEEK, in which Mississippian Katy Houston shares the desserts she made for and recounts the story of the recovery of Sam Lane after a near fatal bicycle accident.  A sweet way to end a roller coaster week filled with radioactivity, bank robbers, yankee secessionists, and a daughter of Camelot.

John Shelton Reed signs DIXIE BOHEMIA


TALK AT 5:30

In the years following World War I, the New Orleans French Quarter attracted artists and writers with low rent, a faded charm, and colorful street life. By the 1920s Jackson Square became the center of a vibrant but short-lived bohemia. A young William Faulkner and his roommate William Spratling, an artist who taught at Tulane, were among the "artful and crafty ones of the French Quarter," In Dixie Bohemia John Shelton Reed introduces Faulkner's circle of friends ranging from the distinguished Sherwood Anderson to a gender-bending Mardi Gras costume designer and brings to life the people and places of New Orleans in the jazz age. Reed begins with Faulkner and Spratling's self-published homage to their fellow bohemians, Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles. . A charming and insightful glimpse into an era, Dixie Bohemia describes the writers, artists, poseurs, and hangers-on of the New Orleans art scene in the 1920s and illuminates how this dazzling world faded as quickly as it began.




In September 1962, James Meredith became the first African American admitted to the University of Mississippi. A milestone in the civil rights movement, his admission triggered a riot spurred by a mob of three thousand whites from across the South and all but officially stoked by the state's segregationist authorities.

James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot
is the memoir of one of the participants, a young army second lieutenant named Henry Gallagher, born and raised in Minnesota. His military police battalion from New Jersey deployed, without the benefit of riot-control practice or advance briefing, into a deadly civil rights confrontation. He was thereafter assigned as the officer-in-charge of Meredith's security detail at a time when he faced very real threats to his life.

Gallagher's first-person account considers the performance of his fellow soldiers before and after the riot. He writes of the behavior of the white students, some of them defiant, others perceiving a Communist-inspired Kennedy conspiracy in Meredith's entry into Mississippi's "flagship" university. The author depicts the student, Meredith, a man who at times seemed disconnected with the violent reality that swirled around him, and who even aspired to be freed of his protectors so that he could just be another Ole Miss student.




Mike Stewart sits with his world famous pups. Deke, the cover dog, sits on the right.


Mike Stewart and his pack stopped by last week to sign copies of his new book SPORTING DOG AND RETRIEVER TRAINING THE WILDROSE WAY: RAISING A GENTLEMAN'S GUNDOG FOR HOME AND FIELD (Rizzoli, hd. 45.00). Stewart has been training dogs since he was a child, and this book outlines his unique, low-force, positive training method that has made Wildrose Kennels of Oxford, Mississippi one of the top dog training facilities in the United States, if not the world. With tons of illustrations, diagrams and beautiful photographs, SPORTING DOG AND RETRIEVER TRAINING is part training guide mixed with part coffee table book. This is going to be a great buy for the holiday season for anyone interested in hunting, dogs or just teaching some new tricks to an old friend.  AB