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.
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)
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.
John Grisham's latest entry (book six) in the Theodore Boone series: The Scandal. Signed and on our shelves now and available for delivery online or via phone. Please call and inquire about the Square Books exclusive set of all six signed, first edition Theodore Boone titles for $165.00 (not available online.)
Stop by or call Square Books at 662-236-2262 to check on availability of broadside facsimile and tee-shirts of "All Are Welcome Here."
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.