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With a forword by Neil White, A Short Ride: Remembering Barry Hannah consists of 30+ essays celebrating the spectacular life of Barry Hannah. Contributors include Brad Watson, Dan Williams, Ron Shapiro, Jim Dees, M.O. Walsh and Glennray Tutor. Plus, never-before-seen interviews with America’s short story master.


So what is All Hallow’s Read?
All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.

Scholars have traced its origins as far back as this blog post.

Is this instead of Trick or Treat? Because I don’t want to get egged, and the kids around here are mean.
Not at all. Trick or Treat is Trick or Treat. This is All Hallow’s Read, a great excuse to give someone a book.

You can give out scary books or comics to trick or treaters on Hallowe’en if you want to, obviously. (We recommend looking the child in the eye and saying, “Take it. Read it. Trust me… around here… a book can be… safer than candy.” Then chuckling to yourself, as if remembering something unfortunate that happened to some of the local children only last year.)

What kind of scary book?
An appropriate one. If you’re giving a kid a scary book, make it a kid-appropriate scary book. You wouldn’t give the same kind of scary book to one person than you would another, any more than one book is right for everyone. People like different things.
Do I have to buy it new?

Obviously, we support bookshops and authors, but more than that, this is about making a holiday tradition of book-giving. So feel free to give second-hand books or books from your own shelves. And feel just as free to buy a beautiful new book from a small independent bookseller.

How do I choose an All Hallow’s Read book?
If you do not know what scary book to give someone, talk to a bookseller or a librarian. They like to help. Librarians will not mind even if you admit that you are not planning to take out a book, but instead you are going to buy one and give it to someone.
What about the apostrophe in “All Hallow’s Read”?
We are not sticklers for it. In the Twitter hashtag it has to be #AllHallowsRead. Apostrophise or not. We shall not judge you.
Can it really be that simple?
Not necessarily. It’s All Hallows Read, a tradition we just made up. You can fancy it up as much as you like. Just make sure you give someone a scary book this Hallowe’en…
I would like to contact the web goblin concerning something related to All Hallows Read.
That’s not a question. Never the less, you may do so here.
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Marisa Baggett signs SUSHI SECRETS at TWO STICK

In 2003, Marisa Baggett boarded a Greyhound bus with a one-way ticket to Los Angeles and $300 in her pocket to study at the California Sushi Academy. After graduation, Marisa moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where her passion for sushi, her southern background and determination to use local, sustainable ingredients resulted in the development of unconventional and delectable sushi.

In Sushi Secrets, Marisa shares with you both traditional and nontraditional sushi, all of them delicious and all of them very easy to make. Marisa includes surefire recipes for making perfect sushi rice, tips on how to find and buy the freshest seafood and sustainability and how to achieve it at home. Plus, with her background as a pastry chef, Marisa has created a dessert chapter that will make your mouth water. With this book you'll be ready to prepare a host of sushi and sashimi recipes and it gives loads of hints on how to slash otherwise lengthy prep times. From the traditional favorites to new and unique combinations, Sushi Secrets will have you rolling delicious sushi like a pro in no time at all.

Recipes include:
Scallop Carpaccio Sashimi
Avocado and Pomegranate Nigiri
Pork Thin Rolls with Gingered Cherries
Pickled Okra Thick Rolls
Short Ribs Sushi Bowl
"Cat"erpillar Rolls
Faux Eel Hand Rolls
Fudge Wontons with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Fried Cherry Hand Pies



Sushi Secrets: Easy Recipes for the Home Cook. Prepare Delicious Sushi at Home Using Sustainable Local Ingredients! By Marisa Baggett, Trevor Corson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Marisa Baggett, Trevor Corson (Foreword by)
Email or call for price and availability.
ISBN: 9784805312070
Published: Tuttle Publishing - October 15th, 2012

Unlock all of the elusive secrets of sushi making with this astonishing sushi book


Square Books will celebrate reading, books and local authors by hosting the event READ THIS, BEGINNINGS & ENDS at MY BOOKSTORE on November 12. The event features the three books listed below and will be attended by Oxford writers as well as other literary figures in the community.

is a book that offers lists of favorites that have flown under the radar, but off of bookstore shelves. First published on Hans Weyandt's blog for Micawber's Books, each list includes a bookseller's top fifty books, anecdotes, and interviews about the life of being a bookseller, reader, and engaged citizen. All proceeds will go to American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE). There will be a discussion by Square Books' Owner Richard Howorth, General Manager Lyn Roberts, and Buyer Cody Morrison who are all featured in the book with lists of their handpicked favorite books.

BEGINNINGS & ENDS is a collection of the best opening and closing lines from the novels, short stories, memoirs and personal essays of contemporary Oxford writers. Authors featured include Richard Ford, John Grisham, Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, Willie Morris and Tom Franklin. Editor Ron Borne, along with selected writers featured in the book, will be in attendance to read, answer questions and sign copies.

MY BOOKSTORE collects the essays, stories, odes and words of gratitude and praise for indie bookstores across the country in 84 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops. Perfectly charming line drawings by Leif Parsons illustrate each storefront and other distinguishing features of the shops. Jack Pendarvis, who writes about his favorite bookstore, Square Books, will be in attendance to answer questions, make people laugh and sign copies.

Kevin Gillespie signs FIRE IN MY BELLY

Chef Kevin Gillespie’s true passion lies in serving his customers quality food every day. This enthusiasm means incorporating the use of fresh, organic and sustainable ingredients in all of his dishes. His goals as executive chef of Woodfire Grill in Atlanta are to increase the usage of local products, make seasonal dishes more exciting, and create a youthful atmosphere at the restaurant.

Fire in My Belly includes more than 120 recipes that celebrate quality ingredients and mirror the kitchen at Woodfire Grill but are developed specifically for home cooks. The book provides a glimpse into the formative years of a rising culinary star while showing readers what to do with great seasonal ingredients through one-of-a-kind chapters like “Foods You Thought You Hated” and “When I Want to Eat Healthy.”

*Kevin will be signing at Square Books
*This event will be partnered with CITY GROCERY



William Faulkner, 1962, Martin J. Dain, Courtesy Martin J. Dain Collection, Southern Media Archive, Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries 


July 6, 2012, will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of William Faulkner. FAULKNER REMEMBRANCE DAY, the day before the 39th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, will be a day full of events to honor the Southern writer.  Beginning in the early morning at Rowan Oak, there will be a marathon reading of Faulkner's The Reivers by volunteers.  To volunteer for the reading, send an email message to reivers@olemiss.edu.  

Later in the afternoon, at 6pm, Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury the Dead and The Fire This Time and biographer Philip M. Weinstein, Becoming Faulkner: The Art and Life of William Faulkner, will join us at Off Square Books to sign copies of their books.  



6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

*Marathon reading of The Reivers

Rowan Oak, 917 Old Taylor Road

(Rain location:  Oxford Powerhouse, 413 S. 14th St.)

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Keynote lectures by author Randall Kenan and biographer Philip M. Weinstein

Lafayette County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square

[Also 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.]

Program for young readers

Square Books Jr., 111 Courthouse Square

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Book signings by Randall Kenan and Philip M. Weinstein

Off Square Books, 129 Courthouse Square

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Screening of The Reivers (1969 film adaptation starring Steve McQueen)

Lyric Theater, 1006 Van Buren Avenue


Mississippi’s most renowned independent book sellers will gather at Ole Miss on March
20 to discuss how they have managed to thrive in an era in which small stores are regularly
gobbled up by the big chains.
     Richard Howorth, the owner of Square Books in Oxford, John Evans of Lemuria in
Jackson, Jamie Kornegay of TurnRow Book Company in Greenwood and Emily Gatlin of Gum
Tree Book Store in Tupelo make up a panel that will discuss the state of the book selling trade
and the ongoing national war between the big box stores and the independents.
     They will share their survival secrets at 11 a.m. at the Overby Center for Southern
Journalism and Politics.
     Howorth, a former Oxford mayor and a frequent host to some of the nation’s best-known
authors, operates three book stores within a short stroll of each other on the town square. His Off-
Square Books annex hosts the town’s popular Thacker Mountain Radio show.
     Evans started Lemuria in a small converted apartment in 1975 saw it grow into a much
larger store just off I-55 in Jackson. It has since expanded, with LemuriaBooks.com occupying
an adjacent warehouse-like space where authors can speak and customers sip beer.
     Before opening TurnRow and its popular sandwich shop in downtown Greenwood,
Kornegay got his start writing for the Oxford Eagle. He got the book bug, started writing fiction
and took a job at Square Books. He also found time to produce Thacker Mountain Radio.
     Emily Gatlin’s frequent book reviews and her “bookseller Barbie” blogs on the book
trade have become well known to aficionados. Her book events at Gum Tree have helped the
store, housed in Tupelo’s legendary Reed’s department store, become a regular on the author
      Overby Fellow Bill Rose will moderate the panel, which is free and open to the public.
For more information please visit www.overbycenter.org