The Twenty-Third Oxford Conference for the Book is set for March 2-4, 2016, to bring together fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, and students for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops, and social events that celebrate the written word.
Conference panels will explore a wide range of topics, including Mississippi history; childhood in the South; memoir writing; youth, activism, and life in the Mountain South; poetic responses to Langston Hughes; a cultural and culinary history of the pig; Harper Lee’s novels,To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman; the Hurricane Katrina crisis; and America’s continuing debate over science and religion.
Those scheduled to appear at the conference include Rick Bass, Margaret McMullan, Bobbie Ann Mason, Minion K. C. Morrison, Dennis J. Mitchell, Richard Katrovas, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Caki Wilkinson, Jericho Brown, Katie Peterson, Beth Ann Fennelly, Chiyuma Elliott, Derrick Harriell, Taylor Brown, Kiese Laymon, LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Vereen Bell, Joseph Crespino, Robert Gipe, Vereen Bell, Mark Essig, Young Suh, Matthew Griffin, Julia Claiborne Johnson, Ariel Lawhon, Sheri Fink, and Edward J. Larson.
The conference is open to the public without charge, but reservations and advance payment are required for the opening night gala dinner/cocktail reception on the evening of March 2 ($50).
Presented by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books.