Here's the longlist for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. Among the finalists are several of our recent visiting authors including Elizabeth McKenzie (Portable Veblen), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn) and a special shout-out to Meridian, Mississippi native Brad Watson (Miss Jane). Congrats to all the finalists and good luck.
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.
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.
Thirteen of the writers featured in the new Akashic title, Mississippi Noir, pictured at event and signing in a packed house at Square Books on August 4th, 2016. Read more for photo identification.
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.
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.