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Upcoming Author Events for Nautilus Publishing

Nautilus Publishing, the publishing company located in Oxford, is releasing four books this autumn for which we're hosting events.

  • Thacker Mountain Radio Show's favorite host, Jim Dees, is releasing The Statue and the Fury. In 1997, Oxford, Mississippi sought to build a statue to honor the 100th birthday of Oxford native William Faulkner. In this funny and heartfelt memoir, Dees chronicles the year-long civic contretemps that erupted over a magnolia tree that was cut down to make room for the sculpture. The same year, Oxford became embroiled in a “trees versus development” dispute that saw citizens arrested for blocking bulldozers. Meanwhile, the University of Mississippi pursued plans to discourage use of the Confederate flag, the song “Dixie” and the Col. Rebel mascot setting off protests and death threats. Dees brings his signature wit and insight to these pivotal events and includes interviews with James Meredith, Shelby Foote, Willie Morris, Mrylie Evers and… Willie Nelson. Jim Dees will be at Off Square Books for a book signing on Tuesday, October 18th at 5pm.
  • The other book is a compilation of notable quotes by Mississippians called The Mississippi Book of Quotations by David Crews. One Square Books bookseller describes the volume as being "honest and sharing what's beautiful about the state as well as what is wretched about it." It's sure to become a classic reference book for all quotes regarding Mississippi, bringing together the artistry and cadences of the world’s greatest storytellers. It blends powerful insights on love, truth, lies, race, women, war, humor, failure, fear, humility, evil, politics, religion, law, the Blues, violence, drinking, death, endurance, and sacrifice—the wide breadth of themes and emotions that make up life well-lived and poorly-lived. David Crews will be at Off Square Books for a book signing on Tuesday, October 25th at 5pm.
  • Al Povall follows up his popular Ole Miss sports oral history book with an inside look at the culture and social mores of the day in A Time Remebered, Ole Miss 1945-1970. Over 100 contributors tell us a wider story of Ole Miss during the same period, an era roughly embracing the tenures at Ole Miss of football coach John Howard Vaught and Chancellor J. D. Williams. Rebels and non-Rebels alike will not want to miss these stirring accounts of that time period. Al Povall will be at Off Square Books for a book signing on Wednesday, November 9th at 5pm.
  • During its two hundred year history, Mississippi has been governed by fifty-three men who have held the state’s highest office, and whose authority and tenure were defined by the state’s four constitutions of 1817, 1832, 1868, and 1890. Noted Mississippi historian David Sansing brings each governor to life in these illustrated, never-before-published biographical sketches in his new book, Mississippi Governors. David Sansing will be at Off Square Books for a book signing on Thursday, December 1st at 5pm.

First Ever Drive-Through Book Signing and Breakfast on the Square

At 7am on the east side of the square in front of City Hall and Square Books Jr. we'll have tents so drivers can get a biscuit and coffee to go along with a personally inscribed copy of Big Bad Breakfast from John Currence himself.  John and his Big Bad Breakfast crew are teaming up with Square Books to start your day off right.  The most important signing of the day.

Going For Gold

Help Square Books welcome three winning authors beginning with Jay McInerney on August 18 with his newest work Bright Precious Days. The next day we have Jacqueline Woodson (author of Brown Girl Dreaming) returning to the adult novel for the first time in 20 years with Another Brooklyn. Then on Sunday August 21st at 1pm at the Powerhouse we will host Kate DiCamillo with Raymie Nightingale.

Harry Potter Magical Midnight Release Party - July 30th

Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and enjoy a night of games, prizes, activities, as well as Hogwarts-themed refreshments. There will be limited edition Harry Potter-themed Square Books t-shirts available for sale at the party, while supplies last.

Contact Square Books , Jr. at 662-236-2207 to pre-order Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  

As space will be limited, pre-ordering the book at our stores will guarantee you 2 spots at the party.  The remaining space will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.

Books will be distributed at  midnight at Square Books, Jr .   

If you cannot attend the party but wish to pick up your book at  midnight , please come by Off Square Books and confirm your purchase before going to Square Books, Jr. to pick up your book.  All book purchases must be confirmed at Off Square Books before they may be picked up, including pre-orders.  You may confirm your purchase at any time during the party. 

Literary High Octane this week at Square Books

The Dog Days of Summer are here

Come keep cool at Off Square Books as we host the authors of three of the hottest new fiction of the season:

Monday--Patrick Ryan in conversation with Ann Patchett on The Dream Lives of Astronauts

Tuesday--Mississippi native son Brad Watson and former Grisham Writer in Residence with his latest novel, Miss Jane

Wednesday--Donald Ray Pollock, the author of the explosive collection Knockemstiff, with his newest, The Heavenly Table

In addition to the opportunity to meet the authors, attendees who purchase all three books will receive 50% off the third, The Heavenly Table.

2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize

Formerly the “SIBA Book Award,” the newly reborn Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories, inspired by the tastes and inclinations of Southern readers. Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were most passionate about, and inspired the most “you’ve got to read this” moments and “hand sell” moments in stores across the South. The nine winners chosen from a field of nearly forty finalists. Together, they represent the best of Southern literature, from the people who would know—Southern indie booksellers. Of the following nine winners, six appeared at Square Books for events: Walsh, Rash, Panowich, Iles, Randall & Williams and Grant. Congratulations to all the contestants and winners, keep up the good work.

The Great Santini Fiction Prize Winner: 
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

The Prince of Tides Literary Prize Winner: 
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Ecco Press) - signed copies available at retail price, paperback available as well

The Beach Music Mystery Prize Winner: 
Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

The Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize Winner: 
The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (William Morrow & Company) - signed copies available at retail price, paperback available as well

The Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize Winner: 
Soul Food Love by Alice Randall & Caroline Randall Williams (Clarkson Potter Publishers) - signed copies available at retail price

The Death of Santini NonFiction Prize Winner: 
Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster)

The Water is Wide History & Life Stories Prize Winner: 
Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep (Penguin Press)

Poppy's Pants Young Adult Prize Winner: 
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers)

Poppy's Pants Youngster's Prize Winner: 
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion)

Richard Ford Wins Celebrated Prize from Spain

Today the Princess of Austurias Foundation announced that its 2016 Princess of Asturias Prize, Spain's most prestigious award for literature, has been awarded to Richard Ford, whose previous winners include Mario Vargas Llosa, John Banville, Camilo Jose Cela, Margaret Atwood, and Arthur Miller.   The jury cited Ford's work as "part of the great tradition of the 20th century American novel," saying that his books are "defined by an ironic, minimalist sense of epic."

Ford, a native Mississippian, has visited Square Books on numerous occasions, including on July 4, 1995, with his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Independence Day, and most recently in 2014 with the publication of Let Me Be Frank with You.

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