We were honored by five best-selling authors/illustrators visiting during the week which, incidentally, led up to the celebration of the thirty-second birthday of Square Books!
Square Books will host a book signing and cocktail reception for the artist, featuring copies of the extraordinarily beautiful book, John Alexander, by Jane Livingston, produced for his retrospective exhibition at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and published by Yale University Press (Call 1-800-648-4001 to order a copy).
The Help. Many have seen the movie, some have read the book. But everybody’s talking about it. On Wednesday, September 28 at 5 p.m., we will host a “Community Conversation” about The Help at Off Square Books, open to the public.
The Help, by Mississippian Kathryn Stockett, was published in February, 2009. Initially rejected by over sixty publishers, the book has now been on the bestseller list over 100 weeks, published in 35 countries, and sold over five million copies. The book’s film adaptation grossed over $100 million within the first three weeks of its release.
The story, set in Jackson, Mississippi, involves the relationship between a young white woman and two black maids in the early 1960s period and environment of Civil Rights.
The featured guests for our event are Gene Dattel, Mississippi native and author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power, called “a superb study” by historian Niall Ferguson, and Deidra Jackson, journalist and University of Mississippi faculty member. Dattel has given presentations on “The Help: Fact or Fiction” and Jackson has published articles about The Help.
We will have a moderator on hand to keep the conversation going and help field questions from the audience. This event is free and open to everyone with seating available on a first come first serve basis. RH
For more information and the event listing please click here.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Oscar Hijuelos stopped by Off Square Books yesterday to read and discuss his new memoir Thoughts Without Cigarettes. Hijuelos is the author of eight novels including The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, which made him the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize and was later made into a film. During his reading, as you will hear, Hijuelos discussed the inspiration and process behind writing Mambo Kings. He even played a little guitar in between chapters. After the reading Hijuelos answered questions from the audience and played some more guitar before signing books. Signed copies of Thoughts Without Cigarettes are available here. You can listen to the entire reading below.
Oscar Hijuelos plays guitar for Lyn and Richard after his signing.
Don't worry about staying in the lines. We're up for anything. The contest is for ages 16 and under. The shirts are available now at Square Books, Jr. and include one white t-shirt with the Square Books, Jr. logo, 5 assorted fabric markers, and directions for the coloring process. To enter the contest you must purchase a shirt and then post a photo of your finished design on the Square Books, Jr. Facebook page. Three winners will be selected to receive prizes based on their shirt designs. One lucky winner may have the chance for their design to be printed as a limited edition shirt for Square Books, Jr. Judging will occur throughout the summer and the three finalists will be selected at the Square Books, Jr. Back to School Party on Friday, August 5.
YOU CAN VOTE ON THE WINNER TOO! Just go to the Square Books, Jr. Facebook page and "like" your favorite design. The design with the most "likes" at the end of the summer will receive an extra vote in the final selection process.
So don't miss out. Go by Square Books, Jr. today and get your shirt and start coloring.
1st place: $25 Square Books gift card.
2nd place: $15 Square Books gift card.
3rd place: $10 Square Books gift card.