Imagine our surprise when, at the scheduled time of the event, T. R. Pearson, who was to accompany Gavin, his friend and apparently something of a protégée, showed up alone. He explained that as they were headed out of town Gavin, who’d had a rough night before and was “green around the gills,” had to stop at the grocery store “for a quart of milk.” When Pearson got back to the car, he found Gavin unconscious in a shopping cart in the Kroger parking lot, and ultimately was forced to leave Gavin behind.
Pearson did an admirable job presenting Gavin’s book and told us how they had met – in a convenience store. A nice crowd was disappointed not to meet Gavin, but the event was successful never the less.
Ranchero was featured in the November 12, 2011, Wall St Journal review, which called the book “irresistible,” and a “gritty, earthy, and often hilarious debut crime novel. Ranchero has the humor of a tall tale told by Mark Twain, but beneath its comic bravado is hard knowledge of what the locals are up against.”
A limited number of signed copies remain available. We look forward to reading more work by Rick Gavin, and hope to see him at Square Books with his second novel.
In addition, ND has relaunched many classics recently with introductions by contemporary authors: these include Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (Introduction by Arthur Miller) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Introduction by Edward Albee), John Hawkes' Second Skin (Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides), and John Gardner's October Light (Introduction by Tom Bissell).
Its authors have won the Nobel Prize (Frédéric Mistral, Eugenio Montale, Pablo Neruda, Saint-John Perse, Octavio Paz, José Camilo Cela), Pulitzer Prize (Richard Eberhart, Selected Poems 1930-1965; George Oppen, Of Being Numerous; Gary Snyder, Turtle Island; Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire; William Carlos Williams, Pictures from Brueghel), MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (Walter Abish, Allen Grossman, and Ralph Manheim, translator), and the PEN/Faulkner Award (Walter Abish, How German Is it?; Toby Olson, Seaview), among many others.
The second edition of the popular coffee-table book, Mississippians, is now available for pre order. The book profiles more than 350 Mississippians with more than 300 new photographs as well as tons of new features, including:
• The founder of the O. Henry prize
• The most decorated soldier in U.S. Army history
• The man who first bottled Coca-Cola
• The first woman to win a Pulitzer for Editorial Writing
• The man who taught Stephen Sondheim composition
• The first woman to own a major newspaper
• The world’s foremost physiologist
• The man who brought America reality television
• The youngest star on I Love Lucy
• The first American to fight fascism
and hundreds more.
On Sale November 15, 2011. Click here to order.
Ann Abadie, a great friend to writers, books, and readers, and the longtime Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, is retiring this year. To honor Ann, the University of Mississippi has established an endowment to support the Oxford Conference for the Book, which Ann, along with Richard Howorth, founded more than 18 years ago. We encourage anyone interested in the endowment to send a contribution to The University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677-0249 or contact Michael Upton at the Foundation, mupton[at]olemiss.edu or 662-915-3027. Contributors should write checks to The University of Mississippi Foundation, designating the check to the Ann Abadie Endowment number 05149.
(Ann Abadie with Richard Howorth at a book-signing for Etheridge Knight at Square Books, November, 1979. Photograph by William R. Ferris)
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.