General Event

Jennifer Egan Signs in Square Books Cafe

Jennifer Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus, which was released as a feature film by Fine Line in 2001, Emerald City and Other Stories, Look at Me, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2001, and the bestselling The Keep.  Her new book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, a national bestseller, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the LA Times Book Prize.  Also a journalist, she writes frequently in the New York Times Magazine.


Join us in the Square Books cafe for an intimate signing with Jennifer Egan. After Square Books, Egan will be speaking on campus at Bondurant Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Midnight Murakami Event at Square Books

On August 11, 2014 Square Books will host an event to celebrate the publication of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, the highly anticipated novel by acclaimed novelist Haruki Murakami. This is a participatory event.

Participants are requested to do the following things:

1. Think of a color you associate with yourself.
2. Prepare to recite your own haiku composition. Those needing assistance may find a haiku generator (no kidding) here: http://www.languageisavirus.com/interactive-haiku-generator.html#.U6szTJRdVZM
3. Reveal a dream you feel has been important to you in some way. (Important: There is a strict 30-second time limit.)

Feel free to dress in what you feel to be appropriate attire. You may wear a kimono (or bathrobe), and if you wish to bring a flower that would be nice.

The doors will open promptly at 11:15 p.m., at the main store, and the event will be upstairs.

Sake mint juleps or tea will be served before the haiku exchange.

We will send a reminder the day of the event.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780385352109
Published: Knopf - August 12th, 2014

New York Times #1 Bestseller
A New York Times and Washington Post notable book, and one of the Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, and BookPage's best books of the year

Stephen Schottenfeld signs BLUFF CITY PAWN


Huddy Marr, the proprietor of Bluff City Pawn shop in Memphis, is good at what he does: he knows jewelry, he knows guns and guitars. But the neighborhood is changing: A blood bank is set to open across the street from the retail space he leases from his brother Joe, and Huddy wants to move to a less seedy part of town. A pawn shop should stay right on the edge of seedy.

When a longtime client dies, his widow calls Huddy to come appraise his considerable gun collection. If he can buy up the guns, Huddy knows he can make a killing, possibly change his fortunes for good. But he needs cash up front, and for that he needs Joe. Soon the restless youngest, Harlan, is also involved—they could use the manpower to move the haul—and slowly the brothers’ old family dynamics reassert themselves.

There is trouble inherent in these wares. There is trouble inherent in this family. And there is something inherent to Memphis . . . something that means a change of fortune can’t come easy.

Stephen Schottenfeld’s first novel is a masterful depiction of a city, a business, and a family. It is an investigation of class and law, ownership and value, loyalty, betrayal, and blood; one that gathers power and resonates long after it’s done.

About the Author

Stephen Schottenfeld is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His stories have appeared in the Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, StoryQuarterly, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Iowa Review, New England Review, and other journals, and have received special mention in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Schottenfeld teaches English at the University of Rochester.



Creating the first comprehensive narrative of Mississippi since the bicentennial history was published in 1976, Dennis J. Mitchell recounts the vibrant and turbulent history of a Deep South state. The author has condensed the massive scholarship produced since that time into an appealing narrative, which incorporates people missing from many previous histories including American Indians, women, African Americans, and a diversity of other minority groups. This is the story of a place and its people, history makers and ordinary citizens alike. Mississippi's rich flora and fauna are also central to the story, which follows both natural and man-made destruction and the major efforts to restore and defend rare untouched areas.

Hernando De Soto, Sieur d'Iberville, Ferdinand Claiborne, Thomas Hinds, Aaron Burr, Greenwood LeFlore, Joseph Davis, Nathan Bedford Forrest, James D. Lynch, James K. Vardaman, Mary Grace Quackenbos, Ida B. Wells, William Alexander Percy, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, John Grisham, Jack Reed, William F. Winter, Jim Barksdale, Richard Howorth, Christopher Epps, and too many more to list--this book covers a vast and rich legacy.

From the rise and fall of American Indian culture to the advent of Mississippi's world-renowned literary, artistic, and scientific contributions, Mitchell vividly brings to life the individuals and institutions that have created a fascinating and diverse state.

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ISBN: 9781617039768
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - May 27th, 2014

Creating the first comprehensive narrative of Mississippi since the bicentennial history was published in 1976, Dennis J. Mitchell recounts the vibrant and turbulent history of a Deep South state.

Dorothea Benton Frank signs THE HURRICANE SISTERS


Filled with her trademark wit, sassy, heartwarming characters, and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry, The Hurricane Sisters is New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's enchanting tale of the ties and lies between generations.

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank once again takes us deep in the heart of the magical Lowcountry--a sultry land of ancient magic, glorious sunsets, and soothing coastal breezes, where three generations of strong women wrestle with the expectations of family while struggling to understand their complicated relationships with each other.

Best friends since the first day of classes at The College of Charleston, Ashley Anne Waters and Mary Beth Smythe, now 23 years old, live in Ashley's parents' beach house rent-free. Ashley is a gallery assistant who aspires to become an artist. Mary Beth, a gifted cook from Tennessee, works for a caterer while searching for a good teaching job. Though they both know what they want out of life, their parents barely support their dreams and worry for their precarious finances.

While they don't make much money, the girls do have a million-dollar view that comes with living in that fabulous house on Sullivans Island. Sipping wine on the porch and watching a blood-red sunset, Ashley and Mary Beth hit on a brilliant and lucrative idea. With a new coat of paint, the first floor would be a perfect place for soirees for paying guests. Knowing her parents would be horrified at the idea of common strangers trampling through their home, Ashley won't tell them. Besides, Clayton and Liz Waters have enough problems of their own.

A successful investment banker, Clayton is too often found in his pied-a-terre in Manhattan--which Liz is sure he uses to have an affair. And when will Ashley and her brother, Ivy, a gay man with a very wealthy and very Asian life partner--ever grow up? Then there is Maisie, Liz's mother, the family matriarch who has just turned eighty, who never lets Liz forget that she's not her perfect dead sister, Juliet.

For these Lowcountry women, an emotional hurricane is about to blow through their lives, wreaking havoc that will test them in unexpected ways, ultimately transforming the bonds they share.

Dorothea Benton Frank

Frank, Dorothea Benton (b. 1951). Best-selling author, public speaker, nonprofit fundraiser. Frank and her four siblings, Lynn Benton Bagnal, William Oliver Benton (deceased), Theodore Anthony Benton and Michael Kent Benton were born and reared on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. She is the daughter of William Oliver Benton, Jr. (1914 - 1955) and Dorothea Blanchard (1914 - 1992).

She attended Bishop England High School in Charleston and graduated from General William Moultrie High School in 1969. Her interest in retail apparel took her to Atlanta GA where she graduated from The Fashion Institute of America in 1972. For a short period she lived in Atlanta and was employed in the Atlanta Apparel Mart by College Town Sportswear. She returned to Charleston, SC in 1973 and became a buyer for Kerrison's Department Store. In 1974 she was hired by Byer California and moved to San Francisco, CA. A year later she moved to New York City and went to work on Seventh Avenue for Fire Islander Sportswear, Heralcorp Industries and Michael Lerner. She retired from the apparel industry in 1985.

In 1983 she married Peter Richard Frank (b.1947) and moved to Montclair, NJ shortly after the birth of their first child, Victoria Hanna Frank (b.1985). In 1988 their son, William Richard Frank was born.

While her children were young Ms. Frank became a volunteer fundraiser, organizing events for various non-profit organizations around the Metropolitan New York area. Past board service includes The Montclair Art Museum, Whole Theater Company, The Drumthwacket Foundation, The NJ State Council on the Arts and The NJ Cultural Trust. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the SC Coastal Conservation League and the Parent's Council of the College of Charleston. At the present time she is a trustee of Bloomfield College (Bloomfield NJ), The Montclair Film Festival (NJ) and The SC Historical Society.

Her first novel, SULLIVANS ISLAND (Berkley Publishing 2000) debuted on the NY Times list at number nine and went back to press over twenty five times, has well over one million copies in print and can be found in ten foreign languages. Her subsequent novels PLANTATION (Berkley 2002), ISLE OF PALMS (Berkley 2003), SHEM CREEK (Berkley 2004), PAWLEYS ISLAND (Berkley 2005), FULL OF GRACE (Wm. Morrow 2006), BULLS ISLAND (Wm. Morrow 2007), THE CHRISTMAS PEARL and LAND OF MANGO SUNSETS (Wm. Morrow 2008), LOWCOUNTRY SUMMER (Wm. Morrow 2009), RETURN TO SULLIVANS ISLAND (Wm. Morrow 2010), FOLLY BEACH (Wm. Morrow 2011), PORCH LIGHTS (Wm. Morrow 2012), THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE (Wm. Morrow 2013) were all NY Times bestsellers and may also be found in various foreign languages.

She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from The College of Charleston and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from Bloomfield College.

Ms. Frank is an avid cook, enjoys fly fishing, reading and travel and is a frequent speaker on the creative process for students of all ages. She divides her time between the Lowcountry of South Carolina and New Jersey.

The End of All Music hosts Record Store Day 2014

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (after party at Proud Larry’s on the Square)

Record Store Day is fast approaching and we wanted to give you a heads up about what all will be taking place at The End of All Music this year. This will be our third consecutive Record Store Day to participate in and it’s a wonderful day to celebrate independent record stores and labels. In the past we’ve had special events planned for the day but this year we really wanted to amp it up and make it more about the community surrounding The End of All Music. In short, Record Store Day is about more than just selling limited edition records. It’s about bringing a community together to celebrate music and hanging out with friends.

First up, we’ll be releasing a limited-edition cassette compilation featuring all Oxford-based musicians. The cassette is made up of 19 tracks clocking in at over an hour featuring some of our favorite bands from the area. This release will only be available from us on Record Store Day in a limited run of 250 copies. All of the proceeds from the sale of the release will go directly to MusiCares—the excellent musician assistance charity through the Recording Academy of America. Proud Larry’s will host an official after party featuring many of the bands from the compilation. The show will start at 8 p.m. tentatively and will have a $10 cover fee at the door. Any remaining copies of the cassette will also be for sale at Proud Larry’s during the show.

Next, we’ll have a limited edition t-shirt to commemorate record store culture designed by J. Burwell. The shirts will be limited to 50 and are surely to sell out quickly.

Len Clark designed the poster for this year’s Record Store Day. Len’s work was featured on our popular birthday party poster last year. The poster will also be for sale in an extremely limited quantity. The first 5 people in line when we open will get a free poster as well.

The Liberal Arts 102 class at the University of Mississippi has been studying music writing this semester, while also writing some of their own. We thought it would be cool to pick some of our favorite pieces from the class and collect them in a zine. The zine will feature the best writing from the class and will be given out for free to folks that come by the record store on Record Store Day. These will be available while supplies last. The first 5 folks in line when we open will also get a copy of the zine.

We’ll be offering up some food and drink throughout the day provided by local businesses; High Point Coffee, Yalobusha Brewing Co., Mary McGuires Cakes, and Confit Web Design. High Point Coffee will be selling cups of fresh-brewed coffee all morning starting at 9 a.m. We open at 10 a.m. but we know lots of folks like to get their spot in line early, so now you can drink some coffee while waiting for the store to open. Coffee will be $1 a cup and all the proceeds will go to MusiCares. Starting around 2 p.m. we’ll tap a keg of special Record Store Day brew from Yalobusha Brewing Co. out of Water Valley, Mississippi. We’re calling the beer “Straight to Tape IPA,” and it’ll be free until it runs out. Our buddies, Mary McGuires Cakes of Tupelo, Mississippi will be providing record-themed sweet treats throughout the day. And last but not least, James Kellaway of Confit Web Design, will be smoking complimentary pulled pork all day.

Cole Furlow of Dead Gaze will provide the entertainment for the afternoon. He’ll be spinning records in front of the store starting around 2 p.m.

For those that don’t know what Record Store Day is all about you can check out the official website here: www.recordstoreday.com

We’ll post a complete list on our website by 6 p.m. on Friday, April 18 of limited-edition releases we’ll have stocked for Record Store Day. These releases are only available at participating record stores and are strictly sold on a first come, first served basis. Only one copy per title per person may be purchased. There are absolutely no holds on any Record Store Day releases. We will sell any remaining RSD titles over the phone or web starting Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m.

The first 5 people in line when we open at 10 a.m. will have 5 extra minutes to shop before we open the door to everyone else. They will also get a free poster and zine. So come early, and stay late. We’re going to have a good time.

Check back here for more info.

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Booktalk Nation Live Video Chat

We’re pleased to announce that Square Books is partnering with Booktalk Nation and authors Michael Farris Smith and Deborah Johnson for a live video chat to discuss Johnson's new book, The Secret of Magic. This live video (not in-store) event will take place on Tuesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. ET and you are invited to join!
To sign up to join this event click here. You'll receive an e-mail with the URL and have a chance to submit questions. If you’d like Deborah or Michael to inscribe their books for you, click here
Square Books will fulfill all of the orders and ship them directly to your door!

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The Secret of Magic By Deborah Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399157721
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - January 21st, 2014

In 1946, a young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible: attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South.

Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.