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.

Lust and Pie

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.


Pat Conroy 1945-2016

     Pat Conroy died on Friday, March 4, leaving behind many thousands of readers who revered the passionate writing of the stories of his life, his family, and the places he knew, cheiefly coastal South Carolina and the Citadel, where he went to school. Pat visited Oxford and Square Books a number of times in conjuction with the publication of several of his books and those by his wife, Cassandra King Conroy, when he would drive her around and do his best to hold his gregarious and exuberant personality in check so as not to outshine Cassandra.


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