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Lafayette Elementary students dress as crayons as they parade outside the school. Lafayette Elementary and Bramlett Elementary students are reading Drew Daywalt's book "The Day the Crayons Quit." Daywalt will make an appearance at Oxford Conference for the Book, March 26-28.

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 -- 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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Posted here are a dozen gift ideas from Square Books, Jr.  for your little loved ones. Look for a dozen roses from Square Books and Off Square Books coming soon.

Happy Valentine's Day from your Oxford booksellers! 

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.