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City Grocery has its guest chef series (most recently hosting Donald Link), the University has a visiting writer in residence why not a guest bookseller? So we invited Bill Cusumano to visit us. A buyer and veteran bookseller at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bill might hold the record for most Indie Next blurbs. Bill says that there is a rule at the ABA that if an author lives in Columbus, MS his blurb will be selected for the monthly Indie picks (Michael Farris Smith, RIVERS and Deborah Johnson THE SECRET OF MAGIC) He is a truly voracious reader and knowledgeable bookseller. Drop by in the next two weeks and see what Bill is recommending now.



More than a murder mystery, Laura Lippman’s After I’m Gone explores what it means to be “blinded by love:” the wife whose adoring husband is unfaithful, the mistress who believes he’ll choose her, the daughters who love their father and thus ignore his crimes. Set against the backdrop of a cold case investigation, these characters are so striking that by the end, you won’t want to know which one of them is responsible. There’s no question about it: Laura Lippman is one of the best in the business. --Kaitlyn



We have begun taking orders for signed copies of a number of books coming later this year.  Susan Minot and Lorrie Moore, both of whom have grown steadily into the status of contemporary great American writers, will be here for the Oxford Conference for the Book, March 26 - 28Susan Minot's new book, Thirty Girls, is a brilliant novel based on the true story of the abduction of girls from a Ugandan convent, and her first book in ten years. 

We have lost count of the number of times over the past few years that we have been asked, "When is Greg Iles' new book coming?"  Natchez Burning (800 pages and the first of a trilogy!) will be out April 29, and Greg Iles will be at Square Books the next day, April 30.  And we can't wait.  You can pre-order now from our site or from his http://www.gregiles.com/ -- where he has included Square Books and Lemuria among the likes of Amazon, an example we wish more authors would follow.

Many familiar characters from the stories of Ellen Gilchrist return to print in her book to be published in April by Algonquin, Acts of God, in which "the South is alive and vibrant," according to Publishers Weekly. The new book features eleven new stories by the National Book Award winner for Victory Over Japan.  Ellen Gilchrist will return to Square Books for an event April 28, two days prior to Greg Iles' visit.   

Finally, we continue to get questions about the forthcoming novel by a certain local writer.  Lisa Howorth's first novel, Flying Shoes, will be out June 17, and the book party (and a party it will be) for her at Square Books is on the same date.  The story is told by Mary Byrd Thornton, and, according to Bobbie Ann Mason, "It is a scream - also heartbreaking, saucy, sassy, poignant, and triumphant.  Mary Byrd is a bold, kooky, quirky character I won't forget."  And we agree with Ann Patchett, who said, "Those of us who have waited a long time for this book celebrate its arrival.”

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In 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible: attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South.

Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.
As a child, Regina was captivated by Calhoun’s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest.

Once down in Mississippi, Regina finds that nothing in the South is as it seems. She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past. The Secret of Magic brilliantly explores the power of stories and those who tell them.  

About the Author


Deborah Johnson is the author of The Air Between Us, which received the Mississippi Library Association Award for fiction. She now lives in Columbus, Mississippi, and is working on her next novel. 


At Square Books Jr., the classic GOODNIGHT GORILLA (#6) is as likely to show up on its bestseller list as the latest picture book from Michael Kaplan, BETTY BUNNY DIDN’T DO IT (#16), and there are always surprises. The number 1 spot, which one would expect to be occupied by John Grisham’s fourth Theodore Boone novel, THE ACTIVIST (#2) was WHERE DO THEY GO ON GAME DAY? (a.k.a. the squirrel book) by newcomer Laurie Fisher. In fairness, we have to point out that the third installment of the Theodore Boone series was at #14. FANCY NANCY THE FANCIEST DOLL IN THE UNIVERSE (#3) was boosted by a visit from the illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser. Others who visited were Ree Drummond, CHARLIE GOES TO SCHOOL (#12), John Marciano Bemelmans, MADELINE AND THE OLD HOUSE IN PARIS (#25), Loren Long, AN OTIS CHRISTMAS (#18). 

Teens and adults alike took home John Green’s THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (#10) and interest in the forthcoming movie spurred sales for DIVERGENT (#21). Middle graders were glad to see the release of the 8th in the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series (#5), and Dan Gutman’s new series THE GENUIS FILES (#7), while the intrigue factor for THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET (#17) remains. But picture books ruled, with Leita’s pick LITTLE BEAR’S LITTLE BOAT (#8), Sarah Frances Hardy’s PUZZLED BY PINK (#25) and Manning fan favorite FAMILY HUDDLE (#11). For another year PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES (#9) showed, with other Pete books holding places at #s13,15,19. A huge new favorite is THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT (#4), which all find clever, meaningful, and funny. The significance of a bestseller list for Square Books Jr. is a bit different than it is at what we call "the big store," as the staff at Jr. hand sells the books they love. That passion is as timeless and unregulated as are the interests and enthusiasms of the children who visit Square Books Jr. They know better than the rest of us that Square Books Jr. is a world unto themselves.

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