Spring is here and we all know what that means. That's right, Lust & Pie. Saturday, April 2nd, at 5 p.m. we welcome Augusten Burroughs to serve up Lust and Wonder, his latest memoir, and awe over the honesty and humor in this intimate capstone tale. For dessert our dear friend, Roy Blount Jr. will be providing the sweets with his witty, new collection of stories and poems, Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations, on Monday, April 4th, at 5 p.m. Both events will be held at Off Square Books.
Pat Conroy died on Friday, March 4, leaving behind many thousands of readers who revered the passionate writing of the stories of his life, his family, and the places he knew, cheiefly coastal South Carolina and the Citadel, where he went to school. Pat visited Oxford and Square Books a number of times in conjuction with the publication of several of his books and those by his wife, Cassandra King Conroy, when he would drive her around and do his best to hold his gregarious and exuberant personality in check so as not to outshine Cassandra.
Our friends at Nautilus here in Oxford put four books on our list this year, with Al Povall’s Tapestry of Red & Blue (#16), Robert Khayat’s Education of a Lifetime (#24), Jeffrey Stayton’s novel, This Side of the River (#83), and Billy Watkins’ book on Bo Wallace (#7). As always, writers with the local connection do well for Square Books, including John Hailman and his two Guntown books (43 & 68), Ace Atkins’ The Redeemers (46), Lisa Howorth’s Flying Shoes (69), Curtis Wilkie’s Fall of the House of Zeus (31) and his Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians (28), Alysia Burton Steele’s Delta Jewels (33), Bill Boyle’s Death Don’t Have No Mercy (79), Troutmouth by Ron Borne (51), Wright Thompson’s edition of the 2015 Best American Sports Stories (44), How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others by Kiese Laymon (96), Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (56), Barry Hannah’s durable Airships (95), Turn Around by Leigh Anne Tuohy (41), In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White (30), William Faulkner (3 titles, beginning at #37), Every Day by the Sun by Dean Faulkner Wells (67), Soul Food Love by Caroline Williams and Alice Randall (43), Murder in the Grove by Michael Henry (41), Bright Fields by Bruce Levingston (39), Soil by Jamie Kornegay (7), UM grads Harrison Scott Key’s The World’s Largest Man (61) and M. O. Walsh’s My Sunshine Away (71), Riot (25) by Ed Meek, and John Currence, whose Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey (5) remains strong in its third year.
".. for really good writers, sports offer an opportunity to express all the pleasure and passion of life." -Nicholas Dawidoff