Author Event

The 18th Annual Oxford Conference for the Book

See our blog post on the conference here.

The 18th Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 24–26, 2011, will begin on Thursday with a library lunch and a book talk and continue through Saturday with addresses, panels, and readings. Speakers will include notable authors, editors, publishers, and others in the book trade as well as educators, literacy advocates, and readers of all ages. Fifth and ninth graders will join the audience on Friday morning for sessions with authors of books for young readers. The conference edition of Thacker Mountain Radio, a fiction and poetry jam, and a marathon book signing at Off Square Books are also part of the festivities.
Go to for a full schedule of events. 


MississippiansMississippians is a coffee-table book featuring the most famous and notable individuals from the state of Mississippi. The book will profile more than 300 Mississippians, featuring work from Mississippi’s top writers and photographers.


Nevada Barr signs BURN

New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr comes to Square Books to read and discuss her newest novel Burn.

Fans of National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon will be glad to know she’s back in action, though still dealing with post-traumatic stress brought on by near-death experiences in the previous two Pigeon books. In Burn, she shares the sleuthing with another character—unusual, but maybe this is a new trend, considering Anna’s healing process. While visiting a friend who works at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, Anna explores the urban wilderness of New Orleans, encountering beasts far more savage than any four-legged creature found in a national park--the kind who prey on the innocent and enrage Anna. Anna gets bold when she’s angry. We might roll our eyes at the chances she takes, but we’re glad she’s such a gutsy gal and gets rid of the bad guys. And we hope she does it again. SLM

An "Off" Night with Kevin Sampsell, Mary Miller & Claudia Smith

Another "Off" Night at Off Square Books featuring readings by Kevin Sampsell, Mary Miller, and Claudia Smith.

In 2008, Kevin Sampsell's estranged father died of an aneurysm. When he returned home to Kennewick, Washington, for the funeral, Kevin's mother revealed to him disturbing threads in their family history — stories of incest, madness, betrayal, and death. In A Common Pornography, he tells his family's unforgettable story — from his mother's first tumultuous marriages and his father's physical, pyschological, and sexual abuse of his half-sister to his own tales of first jobs, first bands, and first loves in the Pacific Northwest in the '70s and '80s.

One of Sampsell's previous books was written as a kind of "memory experiment," in which he recollected luminous details from his childhood in independently amusing chapters. Employing the same form of memoir in A Common Pornography, he intertwines the tragic with the everyday, the dysfunctional with the fun, lending the book its undeniable, unsensationalized reality. He captures the many shades and the whole of the Sampsell family — both its tragedy and its resiliency.

Alex Heard "The Eyes of Willie McGee"

Alex HeardAlex Heard will be at Off Square Books reading and signing copies of The Eyes of Willie McGee.

Convicted of the rape of a white woman in Mississippi, Willie McGee was executed in 1951, and the mysteries surrounding his case live on. Based on court transcripts, newspaper reports, archived papers, letters, FBI documents, and the recollections of family members on both sides, Mississippi native Alex Heard tells a moving and unforgettable story that evokes the bitter conflicts between black and white, North and South, in America. “… tragic, sad, and very compelling.” — John Grisham

Charlaine Harris at the Hernando Public Library

Charlaine Harris will be signing her new book, Dead in the Family, on Monday, July 12 at the Hernando Public Library in Hernando, MS. Square Books will be providing the books for this event.

The Hernando Library is located at 320 West Commerce Street in Hernando. 

Charlaine Harris is a native of Tunica County and is the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which is the basis for the hit HBO series TRUE BLOOD. 

Sandra Beasley "I Was the Jukebox"

Sandra BeasleySandra Beasley will be at Off Square Books to sign and read from her latest book of poetry, I Was the Jukebox.

I have an economic theory of poetry: a truly exceptional line or phrase that takes your mind someplace interesting is worth at least a couple of dollars; so, if there are ten such lines in a book of poetry, it's about worth what you paid for it. By this theory, the value of I Was The Jukebox is more than ten times its cost because there are several remarkable lines and ideas in virtually every poem in the book. The poet is Sandra Beasley, who will be the guest poet at Ole Miss this summer.