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

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm
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. Meanwhile, the University of Mississippi pursued plans to discourage use of the Confederate flag, the song “Dixie” and the Col. Rebel mascot setting off protests and death threats. Dees brings his signature wit and insight to these pivotal events and includes interviews with James Meredith, Shelby Foote, Willie Morris, Myrlie Evers and… Willie Nelson.

Event address: 
1006 Van Buren Ave
Oxford, MS 38655
THE STATUE AND THE FURY: A Year of Art, Race, Music and Cocktails By Jim Dees Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936946808
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nautilus Publishing Company - October 18th, 2016