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THE WHISTLER by John Grisham now available for purchase

Signed, first edition copies are now available for purchase.

"John Grisham has now written 29 legal thrillers and fought harder for truth, justice and the American way than anyone this side of Superman. His values don’t change, and neither do his tactics, but the Grisham formula hasn’t gotten old. Or older. When he’s on his game, as he is with his latest, The Whistler, it really works." - The New York Times

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.

A week of author events

Beginning Monday, October 10th, our dance card is full and we want you to share our excitement of having so many events with best-selling writers in one week.

To show our appreciation we will be offering 15% off the event title for the second event you attend, 25% off the the title for the third event and 40% of the fourth. Attend all events and, regardless of purchase, we will give you a Square Books sweatshirt or t-shirt.

Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth

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Signed Copies Available

The past determines and haunts the present and future and Lisa Howorth presents a lyrical and powerful exposition of this fact in Flying Shoes. Mary Byrd Thornton is forced to once again confront a thirty-year-old crime that has traumatized her life and family while also dealing with a society that continues to struggle with cataclysmic change from its traditional values. Mary Byrd’s voice is distinctive, acute and perceptive in its observations and joins those who have created such a rich literature about the Mississippi experience. Somewhere, the ghosts of those writers are welcoming a new member to the ranks of the artists who have done so much to inform and bear witness to such a complex culture and landscape. BC

Michael Pollan comes to Oxford


In partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance, Square Books is pleased to announce an evening with Michael Pollan on May 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Nutt Auditorium on the University of Mississippi campus. On tour for the paperback release of Cooked (Penguin, $17.00), tickets are free with the purchase of this title at Square Books. A limited number of student tickets are available through the Southern Foodways Alliance at info@southernfoodways.org.

For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of  Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (available in paperback April 29) and of New York Times bestsellers: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001). The Omnivore’s Dilemma was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Pollan was named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2009 he was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders.” A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine since 1987, his writing has received numerous awards. In addition to publishing regularly in The New York Times Magazine, his articles have appeared in Harper’s Magazine (where he served as executive editor from 1984 to 1994), National Geographic, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, Gourmet, House & Garden and Gardens Illustrated, among others. In 2009, he appeared in a two-hour PBS special based on The Botany of Desire as well as in the documentary, "Food Inc.," which received an Academy Award nomination.

*EVENT GUIDELINES*
- Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Event begins at 6:30 p.m.
- This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free with a purchase of the paperback edition of COOKED from Square Books (limit two per individual).
- Michael Pollan will sign immediately following the event at Nutt Auditorium. Books will not be sold at Nutt Auditorium.

We Have Hachette


By now many of you know of Amazon’s latest bullying incident, delaying shipment of certain titles published by Hachette by as much as three weeks or longer, some say in order to force Hachette to concede more profit to Amazon. Hachette, the French company that bought the Time Warner Book Group in 2006, includes a number of American imprints, including Little Brown and Hyperion, and authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Kate Atkinson, James Patterson, and George Pelecanos.


Amazon is larger than the next dozen largest online businesses combined, controls well over a third of the American book trade, and has flexed its monopoly muscle in similar ways numerous times. By creating obstacles to buying books from certain “uncooperative” publishers, Amazon also prompts customers – and this may be the ulterior motive here -- toward the option in which they are vastly more dominant, the e-book format.   

 

If you’re in a hurry for your Hachette title, try Square Books, or any other independent bookseller. We don’t have robots snoop around to create your “profile” based on what you read or buy. If we do not have it in stock, most titles we can get in two days, and we will special order immediately any book from any publisher for anyone, any time. -- R.H.

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