30th Annual Oxford Conference for the Book

An annual gathering that brings together teachers, publishers, booksellers, writers, scholars, agents, editors, and booklovers.


All sessions of the Oxford Conference for the Book are free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary to attend sessions. Click to jump to each day's schedule: APRIL 2 APRIL 3APRIL 4APRIL 5 

The conference includes several special events, including a guided tour of University of Mississippi Museum, a UM Campus Slavery Research tour, an opening reception at Memory House, a lecture lunch in the Faulkner Room of the J.D. Williams Library, a poetry talk and lunch at the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library, and a book signing and closing reception at Off Square Books.

For lodging and other information, visit www.oxfordconferenceforthebook.com/attend


 

TUESDAY, APRIL 2

6:00 p.m. Prologue
Publication Celebration: Sheila Sundar's Habitations
@ Off Square Books, 129 Courthouse Square

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

1:00 p.m. UM Campus Slavery Research Tour
Led by Don Guillory, meets on the steps of the Lyceum facing the Circle

6:00 p.m. Oxford Conference for the Book Authors’ Party
(Ticket required to attend. Purchase here.)

Music by Ole Miss Jazz Quintet
@ Memory House/John Faulkner’s House, 406 University Ave.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

9:30 a.m. “Following the Footprints of Slavery”
Joseph McGill Jr. and Herb Frazier, Sleeping with the Ancestors
Jodi Skipper, moderator
@ Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

11:00 a.m. Welcome Lunch, hosted by the Friends of the Library
(Lunch is free, but registration appreciated)
@ J. D. Williams Library's Archives and Special Collections

11:30 a.m. “National Book Awards Presents: Myth Making and Breaking”
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Chain-Gang All-Stars
José Olivarez, Promises of Gold
Melissa Ginsburg, moderator
@ J. D. Williams Library's Archives and Special Collections

1:00 p.m. “Notes on the State of America”
Heather Cox Richardson, Democracy Awakening
Katie McKee, moderator
@ Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

2:30 p.m. “The Poetry of Place”
January O’Neil, Glitter Road
A. H. Jerriod Avant, Muscadine
@ Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

4:30 p.m. Square Books Presents: “Téa Obreht and The Morningside
Téa Obreht, The Morningside
Introduction and Q&A with Snowden Wright
@ Off Square Books, 129 Courthouse Square

6:00 p.m. Thacker Mountain Radio and Book Signing
(Authors from Thursday’s sessions will sign books at Thacker Mountain Radio)
Kaveh Akbar, Martyr!
Music by Creekbed Carter Hogan, and Hope Clayburn and Soul Scrimmage
@ The Powerhouse, 413 South 14th St.

8:00 p.m. “Open Mic Night,” with the Southern Literary Festival
@ Oxford University Depot, 101 Depot St.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

10:00 a.m. “Southern Transplants: Diverse Connections with the South”
Jen Fawkes, Tales the Devil Told Me
Jennifer Maritza McCauley, When Trying to Return Home
Gabriel Bump, The New Naturals
Michael X. Wang, moderator
@ Student Union Ballroom

11:30 a.m. Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m. “Looking Backward to Move Forward”
Eddie Glaude, We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For
Ralph Eubanks, moderator
@ Student Union Ballroom

3:00 p.m. Oxford Conference for the Book and Southern Literary Festival Keynote
Andre Dubus III, Ghost Dogs and Such Kindness
@ Student Union Ballroom

4:30 p.m. Winners of the Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing
Off Square Books, 129 Courthouse Square

5:30 p.m.  A Willie Morris Awards and Oxford Conference for the Book Celebration
Closing Reception and Book Signing hosted by the Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing
(Authors from Friday’s sessions will be available to sign books)
@ Off Square Books, 129 Courthouse Square

9:00 p.m. Postscript
Noir at the Bar: A Gathering of Crime Writers and Musicians
William Boyle, Michael Farris Smith, Lisa Howorth, David Joy, Tom Franklin, Derrick Harriell,
Tyler Keith, Max Hipp, and Clair Lamb + music by Kell Kellum and Bark
@ Ajax Diner, 118 Courthouse Square


 









 

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - 4:00pm to Friday, April 5, 2024 - 10:00pm
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