Dear Reader

A generous selection of the proven, prevailing and promising literary offerings available at your favorite local bookstore, provided by its dedicated staff.


The Winter 2015 Newsletter is complete! See our favorite picks for early 2015, as well as events and information on the Oxford Conference for the Book. 







Our 2014 Holiday catalog is completed and available for viewing. Get a head start on your gift lists and check it out today! 










The Fall 2014 Dear Reader is available for online viewing and is packed full of debuts from authors who are going to be visiting us soon such as Malcom Brooks with PAINTED HORSES, John Darnielle with WOLF IN WHITE VAN and Katy Simpson Smith with THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA. Plus, new books from favorite authors Curtis Wilkie, John Hailman, John Grisham, and Richard Flanagan, Richard Ford, Darcey Steinke, Frederick Barthelme, and -- for the first time here -- children's authors Chris Van Allsburg & Jon Scieszka.

The Spring/Summer Dear Reader for 2014 is out now and we have some great events coming up that you won't want to miss. Greg Iles will be here on April 30 to sign his long awaited new book, NATCHEZ BURNING. We are excited to host food writer, journalist, and activist Michael Pollan for his COOKED paperback tour. You may know him for his THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA and FOOD RULES. That will be at Nutt Auditorium on Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Details are inside Dear Reader. Maude Schuyler Clay, Megan Abbott, John Brandon and Ace Atkins all have books reviewed in this issue of Dear Reader. Plus we are having a very special release party June 17th for the debut novel of a very special author. Click on the cover and enjoy reading.

2013 has been an incredible year for Square Books and we are as excited as ever to bring you another year of amazing authors and new books, mostly signed copies, to add to your collection. The Oxford Conference for the Book is right around the corner and inside this Dear Reader you will find reviews of Conference participants such as Susan Minot, Laura Lippman, Kevin Young, Amy Greene and Michael Garriga. Legendary Elizabeth Spencer has a book of stories, Starting Over, and will be visiting us in February. Sue Monk Kidd, Wiley Cash, Willy Vlautin, Ishmael Beah and The Office's B.J. Novak all have new books coming out that you can read about by clicking the tomato covered link to the left. Speaking of, cookbooks always get our mouths watering, espepcially with titles like Eat Dat New Orleans and The Real Food Cookbook. This Dear Reader also has children's books including Leita's latest love, Henny, Rainbow loom essentials, and some novels for both young adults and the young at heart, alike. Enjoy!

The 2013 Holiday Catalog is available to view online and is packed with plenty of new releases, signed first editions, Off Square oddities, and toys from Square Books, Jr. Local chef John Currence's Pickles, Pigs, & Whiskey will make a foodie squeal with joy. We have plenty of copies of former University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat's The Education of a Lifetime, one of our bestsellers. Husband-and-wife co-author team Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly have The Tilted World, a novel that takes place during the great Mississippi flood of 1927. John Grisham just released Sycamore Row, the sequel to his bestseller A Time to Kill. Plus many more signed copies from Elizabeth Gilbert, Jonathan Miles, Daniel Woodrell, George Saunders, Ace Atkins, Donna Tart, Jonathan Lethem, Bruce Cameron, John Hailman, and many others. Click the cover to open up and take a look.


Breaking News! The Summer issue of Dear Reader is available to view online. "We will be hosting book signing events for the following books and their authors, including former University Chancellor Robert Khayat’s memoir, The Education of a Lifetime; The Storied South by the former director of both the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bill Ferris; a new novel from Steve Yarbrough, The Realm of Last Chances; former Grisham writer-in-residence, National Book Award winner, and DeLisle, Mississippi native Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped; two new books by Jackson, Mississippi native Kiese Laymon, his novel, Long Division, and essays, How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America; Oxford’s Julie Cantrell and her new book, When Mountains Move; MUW writing professor Michael Farris Smith’s big novel, Rivers; and two books (in November) from former Oxford resident and Oxford Eagle writer Jonny Miles, the cookbook Wild Chef and a wild, rollicking novel, Want Not." RH 

Within the pages of the Spring 2013 Dear Reader, you will find 22 authors visiting us this season. John Hailman, whose book is currently Square Books' best seller, Melissa Ginsburg, Nic Brown, Julia Reed and Ace Atkins are some of the familiar faces you expect to see. We also have the treat of two not so familiar faces -- Damien Echols and David Sedaris. The staff at Square Books has also been reading to find what best to suggest for the mornings you roll over and pick up where you left off the night before or your long deep south summer afternoons. THE SON by Philipp Meyer, THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF ROAM by Daniel Wallace, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker, and Dan Brown's THE INFERNO are some of the fiction titles we are excited about. Some great non-fiction to expect is RUN, BROTHER, RUN by David Berg and a book on television personality, journalist, and columnist James Kilpatrick. Plus, you can find tons of new children's toys and books for youngsters and the young at heart at Square Books, Jr. Make sure to bring Square Books along for your summer vacation. 

The 2013 Winter edition of the Dear Reader is online now. The cover features William Styron signing Sophie's Choice at the original Square Books location above what is now Square Books, Jr. in anticipation for the event featuring Rose Stryon and Blakeslee Gilpin. Richard's The Year in Review highlights all the big books of 2012. You'll find staff reviews of books including George Saunders' Tenth of December and The River Swimmer: Novellas by Jim Harrison. Karen Russell has a new book of short stories out called Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Also inside is a calendar of events and a two page spread on the Oxford conference for the book. Enjoy!




The cover of Square Books' Holiday Catalog features a glimpse inside the vault of our book bank. Shelves of rare and collectible books, signed first editions, author photos and stacks of paper can be found here. Inside the catalog you can browse our top picks for the season from all three of our stores, plus toys and stocking stuffers for the young, and the young at heart. Look for the Dear Reader Winter 2013 edition to see fresh reads and a calendar of author events.



Inside the Fall 2012 Dear Reader you will find a calendar full of events to hopefully get you as excited. The season begins with Peter Heller signing THE DOG STARS on August 22, the survivalist/adventure story of Hig, a character you feel yourself becoming as the book is told moment-by-moment in his thoughts. This book has everyone in Square Books buzzing. We also have two historical events planned for the fall. James Meredith will be here to sign his new memoir, A MISSION FROM GOD, which should be interesting to everyone in the Oxford/Ole Miss community. Then in October, Caroline Kennedy stops by Square Books to sign copies of LISTENING IN: THE SECRET WHITE HOUSE RECORDINGS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY. This book comes with audio recordings that we can't wait to hear. Thacker Mountain Radio has a stellar lineup of authors books such as Padgett Powell, who kicks the season off September 6, Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Michael Morris, Joe Crespino, Lawrence Norfolk and J.R. Moehringer. Square Books Jr. has Peter Brown coming to sign his book, CREEPY CARROTS and Annette Simon signs her book, ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN. Square Books Jr. will also host the FIERCE READS TOUR, a group signing of four young adult authors. You don't have to be a student to get your fall reading on this semester.      

The Summer 2012 Dear Reader is out now including in the first two pages a detailed calendar of author pictures and event times to help keep track of the full schedule we have planned to begin summer. The cover of this issue features author Richard Ford, who will be visiting us Monday, June 11, to read and sign copies of his new book, CanadaSetting the pace for the rest of June, Ford begins a full week, Monday through Saturday, of author events featuring a different author each night. Also included are reviews of new books from Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel, Ace Atkins, Robert Olmstead, Ann Fisher-Wirth, and Dave Eggers.  Lets not forget our friend John Grisham has a new Theodore Boone book out as well as his latest novel, Calico Joe, both of which we have signed copies. There is the first biography of Craig Claiborne, a fascinating man from Sunflower, Mississippi who became the food editor for the New York Times, and John T. Edge's latest, The Truck Food Cookbook. In the Junior pages you will find Puzzled By Pink, by Oxonian Sarah Frances Hardy, and advice of what to read after The Hunger Games. We have plenty of reading to fill those long summer afternoons so download a copy of Dear Reader or stop by the stores to pick up a print copy.  

The Winter Dear Reader is out now with a detailed re-cap of our bestsellers in 2011 including The Litagators by John Grisham, I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher, The Fall of the House of Zeus by Cutris Wilkie, Promises I Made My Mother by Sam Haskell and Every Day By the Sun by Dean Faulkner Wells. Some new books to keep an eye out for are Raylan by Elmore Leonard, The Healing by Jonathan Odell, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, and Diary of A Mad Fat Girl by Stephanie McAfee. With author events plenty this year, Square Books promises to be as exciting in January as in December, 2012. 




The Fall 2011 Dear Reader is out now.  Click here to download a .pdf version of the newsletter.  The cover for this issue is of Michael Vinson Williams' new book Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr, which is being published by the University of Arkansas Press.  Michael will be at Square Books November 15th for a signing. There are tons of new, great book reviews throughout including The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (he's coming October 28), John Grisham's latest The Litigators (which we will have signed copies of), Charles Frazier's new novel, Jim Harrison's The Great Leader, as well as new works from Ann Beattie, Haruki Murakami, Hillary Jordan, and many others. Also featured is the second edition of the popular Mississippians book, new cookbooks from the Neely's and Paula Deen, a Kurt Vonnegut bio, and others that make this a great fall for new books. 


Just in time for the hottest days of the year, we have the late summer issue of Dear Reader.  The cover of this issue features the debut novel from Kevin Wilson, who came to Square Books for his first book--a collection of short stories called Tunneling to the Center of Earth.  Also included are reviews and event listings for Megan Abbott, Clyde Edgerton, Whitney Miller, John Thompson, Jenny Wingfield, a new memoir from Sandra Beasley, Jean Cash's biography on Larry Brown, as well as many other.  You'll see in the Junior pages we're hosting some excellent events for younger readers--Eric Litwin, Loren Lang, Lincoln Pierce, and Tom Angleberger.  For the first time in a while we've included some bargain books from Off Square Books, all at great prices and lots more where those came from. Just click here to download a digital version of the Dear Reader or call us or come by for a print copy. 


The summer 2011 Dear Reader is here. The cover features Pulitzer Prize-winner Oscar Hijuelos who will be coming to Square Books June 21st to sign his new memior Thoughts Without Cigarettes. Also featured are reviews of new books from Roy Blount, Jr., John Sayles, Georgette Jones, Sally Wolff King, Suzanne Marrs, Ace Atkins, Ann Patchett, and many others--most of whom will be coming through Oxford sometime this summer to sign books and read. Be sure to check our events list here. John Grisham is back with the second installment of his young adult series, Theodore Boone. For a limited time you can get 15% off both books when you buy both books. We'll have signed copies of these soon. Swing by the store to pick up a hard copy of the Dear Reader or click here to download a digital version. 


  The March/April 2011 Dear Reader newsletter is here! Tons of great books for the spring are inside the new issue including one of the biggest books of the year, Dean Faulkner Wells's memoir Every Day by the Sun, which is also featured on the cover. Dean will be at the Lyric Theater on Saturday, March 19 with an allstar cast to read from her book. You won't want to miss this event. Also in this issue is information for the 18th Oxford Conference for the Book. Be sure to check out who's coming. Click here to download a digital version of the Dear Reader or stop by the store and pick one up. 




Inside the winter 2011 edition of the Dear Reader you will find tons of great books to kick off the new year. Including great memoirs from Rodney Crowell, Michael Oher, Andrea Dubus III, and Mark Richard. Other notable books by Kevin Brockmeier, Joseph O'Connor, Kurt Vonnegut, Randy Wayne White, Annie Proulx, and more are also reviewed. Be sure to check out the essay on our top sellers of 2010 as well as reviews and information on upcoming events. Click here to download a digital copy of the winter 2011 Dear Reader or come by the store for a hard copy. 




Dear ReaderInside the fall 2010 issue of Dear Reader you will find reviews of new books by John Grisham, Rick Bass, Tom McGuane, Sara Gruen & many more. You will also find reviews of great books for young readers and a detailed listing of events happening at Square Books.

Click here to download the fall 2010 Dear Reader.




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