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Jim Dees with THE STATUE AND THE FURY (at the Lyric)

Jim Dees

In 1997, Oxford, Mississippi sought to build a statue to honor the 100th birthday of native Nobel laureate, William Faulkner. In this funny and heartfelt memoir, Thacker Mountain Radio host Jim 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.

THE STATUE AND THE FURY: A Year of Art, Race, Music and Cocktails Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936946808
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Published: Nautilus Publishing Company - October 18th, 2016

Geoff Dyer with WHITE SANDS (at the Lyric)


From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded but elegant, often hilarious, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.

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ISBN: 9781101870853
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 3rd, 2016

Michael Farris Smith with DESPERATION ROAD

Michael Farris Smith

Russell Gaines returns home from a prison term only to confront two brothers with revenge on their minds. And when he meets a homeless woman and her child, his troubles are compounded. Michael Farris Smith sets his characters on a path that was begun by Faulkner and continued by Larry Brown but it is one not confined to the Deep South but part of the undercurrent of American society. While it may be a road of desperation it can also be, sometimes, one of redemption. In Smith's case, it is all that and more in a powerful, unforgettable work.

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ISBN: 9780316353038
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - February 7th, 2017


A stunningly original debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing.

A brother and sister turn outlaw in a wild and brutal landscape. The daughter of a diplomat disappears and resurfaces across the world as a deadly woman of many names. A young Philadelphia boy struggles with the contradictions of privilege, violence, and the sway of an incarcerated father. A monk in sixteenth century England suffers the dissolution of his monastery and the loss of all that he held sacred.

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ISBN: 9780062490759
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Published: Ecco - January 17th, 2017


Tim Gautreaux

A widely celebrated novelist gives us a generous collection of exhilarating short stories, proving that he is a master of this genre as well. Once again, "he reminds us," wrote The Miami Herald,"that great writing is a timeless art." 

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Signals: New and Selected Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451493040
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 17th, 2017

Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell: Myths, Legends and Bald-Faced Lies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609499327
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Published: History Press (SC) - March 4th, 2014

George Plasketes with WARREN ZEVON

About the Author

George Plasketes is professor of media studies and popular culture in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University in Alabama. He has written on a variety of music, media, and popular culture subjects in books, essays, and journal articles.

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ISBN: 9781442234567
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - June 2nd, 2016

Cassandra King with A LOWCOUNTRY HEART (by Pat Conroy)

About the Author

Pat Conroy wrote eleven books, including "The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, My Losing Season, Beach Music, South of Broad, " and "The Death of Santini"before his death in March 2016 at the age of seventy. For more information, please visit"

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ISBN: 9780385530866
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 25th, 2016