General Event

Kevin Gillespie signs FIRE IN MY BELLY

Chef Kevin Gillespie’s true passion lies in serving his customers quality food every day. This enthusiasm means incorporating the use of fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients in all of his dishes. His goals as executive chef of Woodfire Grill in Atlanta are to increase the usage of local products, make seasonal dishes more exciting, and create a youthful atmosphere at the restaurant.

Fire in My Belly includes more than 120 recipes that celebrate quality ingredients and mirror the kitchen at Woodfire Grill but are developed specifically for home cooks. The book provides a glimpse into the formative years of a rising culinary star while showing readers what to do with great seasonal ingredients through one-of-a-kind chapters like “Foods You Thought You Hated” and “When I Want to Eat Healthy.”

*Kevin will be signing at Square Books
*This event will be partnered with CITY GROCERY

Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449411435
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 16th, 2012



William Faulkner, 1962, Martin J. Dain, Courtesy Martin J. Dain Collection, Southern Media Archive, Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries 


July 6, 2012, will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of William Faulkner. FAULKNER REMEMBRANCE DAY, the day before the 39th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, will be a day full of events to honor the Southern writer.  Beginning in the early morning at Rowan Oak, there will be a marathon reading of Faulkner's The Reivers by volunteers.  To volunteer for the reading, send an email message to reivers@olemiss.edu.  

Later in the afternoon, at 6pm, Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury the Dead and The Fire This Time and biographer Philip M. Weinstein, Becoming Faulkner: The Art and Life of William Faulkner, will join us at Off Square Books to sign copies of their books.  



6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

*Marathon reading of The Reivers

Rowan Oak, 917 Old Taylor Road

(Rain location:  Oxford Powerhouse, 413 S. 14th St.)

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Keynote lectures by author Randall Kenan and biographer Philip M. Weinstein

Lafayette County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square

[Also 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.]

Program for young readers

Square Books Jr., 111 Courthouse Square

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Book signings by Randall Kenan and Philip M. Weinstein

Off Square Books, 129 Courthouse Square

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Screening of The Reivers (1969 film adaptation starring Steve McQueen)

Lyric Theater, 1006 Van Buren Avenue


Square Books is proud to be partnering with Books on the Nightstand when they visit Oxford for Booktopia 2012, a weekend filled with authors and books.  Saturday, June 16, Off Square Books will host "A Celebration of Authors" featuring readings from the Booktopia authors listed below. Check out http://booktopia.booksonthenightstand.com/oxford-ms/ for more information and to register.

THE ILLUMINATION By Kevin Brockmeier


Mississippi’s most renowned independent book sellers will gather at Ole Miss on March
20 to discuss how they have managed to thrive in an era in which small stores are regularly
gobbled up by the big chains.
     Richard Howorth, the owner of Square Books in Oxford, John Evans of Lemuria in
Jackson, Jamie Kornegay of TurnRow Book Company in Greenwood and Emily Gatlin of Gum
Tree Book Store in Tupelo make up a panel that will discuss the state of the book selling trade
and the ongoing national war between the big box stores and the independents.
     They will share their survival secrets at 11 a.m. at the Overby Center for Southern
Journalism and Politics.
     Howorth, a former Oxford mayor and a frequent host to some of the nation’s best-known
authors, operates three book stores within a short stroll of each other on the town square. His Off-
Square Books annex hosts the town’s popular Thacker Mountain Radio show.
     Evans started Lemuria in a small converted apartment in 1975 saw it grow into a much
larger store just off I-55 in Jackson. It has since expanded, with LemuriaBooks.com occupying
an adjacent warehouse-like space where authors can speak and customers sip beer.
     Before opening TurnRow and its popular sandwich shop in downtown Greenwood,
Kornegay got his start writing for the Oxford Eagle. He got the book bug, started writing fiction
and took a job at Square Books. He also found time to produce Thacker Mountain Radio.
     Emily Gatlin’s frequent book reviews and her “bookseller Barbie” blogs on the book
trade have become well known to aficionados. Her book events at Gum Tree have helped the
store, housed in Tupelo’s legendary Reed’s department store, become a regular on the author
      Overby Fellow Bill Rose will moderate the panel, which is free and open to the public.
For more information please visit www.overbycenter.org


World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. To be held in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and Ireland on April 23, 2012. It will see tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks.

World Book Night, through social media and traditional publicity, will also promote the value of reading, of printed books, and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year-round.

The date, April 23, was chosen due to the anniversary of Cervantes' death, as well as Shakespeare's birth and death.

THE HELP: Fact and Fiction - A Community Conversation - with Gene Dattel & Deidra Jackson

Square Books will host a community conversation on Katheryn Stockett's bestselling novel, The Help, on Wednesday, September 28 at 5 p.m. The conversation, The Help: Fact and Fiction, will be led by Ole Miss journalism instructor Deidra Jackson and author Gene Dattel.

This conversation hopes to provide revealing insights about the complexity of race and the Civil Rights era from an American, not just Southern, perspective. It will explore The Help’s sources to reveal where fact ends and fiction begins.   

Gene Dattel was born in Greenwood, MS where parts of the film version of The Help was filmed. Dattel is the author of Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power. Dattel studied history at Yale and law at Vanderbilt. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in financial capital markets as a managing director at Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley. Fifteen of those years were spent working in financial markets overseas - in London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. A consultant to major financial institutions and the Pentagon, he established a reputation as a foremost authority on Asian economies. His The Sun that Never Rose (1994) remains the definitive work on Japanese financial institutions in the 1980s. Mr Dattel is now a New York/Connecticut-based financial historian who lectures widely.

Deidra Jackson has taught undergraduates at Ole Miss for seven years. She began teaching journalism after five years as a communications specialist in UM Media & PR. Prior to returning to work at UM, where she received a master’s degree in 1995, she served as editor of the weekly Triangle Tribune newspaper in Durham, N.C. and spent more than six years as a reporter at the News & Observer, covering courts, schools and suburban communities out of the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C. news bureaus. She also has been a newspaper reporter in Mississippi. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Mississippi University for Women (Columbus), where she cut her teeth in journalism under the mentorship of a former (Memphis) Commercial Appeal managing editor, she worked as a broadcast news personality at three Mississippi radio stations before heading to North Carolina to pursue a career in newspapers. In addition to teaching and advising students, she also serves as technical editor of The Financial Review, a quarterly financial economic research journal. An avid researcher throughout college, she currently is collecting photos and conducting interviews in hopes of documenting black life in Oxford in the 1940s and 1950s. She also writes for the Oxford Eagle, which recently published her story, "The Help shouldn't sell us warm, fuzzy nostalgia."