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Oxford Conference for the Book: Téa Obreht in conversation with Snowden Wright for The Morningside

There’s the world you can see. And then there’s the one you can’t. Welcome to the Morningside.

Join Square Books and Oxford Conference of the Book in welcoming Téa Obreht and her latest novel The MorningsideThe event will take place Thursday, April 4, at 4:30 PM at Off Square Books. Obreht will be joined in conversation conversation Snowden Wright, author of the forthcoming novel, The Queen City.

Oxford Conference for the Book is an open-to-the public annual gathering that brings together teachers, publishers, booksellers, writers, scholars, agents, editors, and booklovers. Click here to see the entire schedule.

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About The Morningside

After being expelled from their ancestral home in a not-so-distant future, Silvia and her mother finally settle at the Morningside, a crumbling luxury tower in a place called Island City where Silvia’s aunt Ena serves as the superintendent. Silvia feels unmoored in her new life because her mother has been so diligently secretive about their family’s past, and because the once-vibrant city where she lives is now half-underwater. Silvia knows almost nothing about the place where she was born and spent her early years, nor does she fully understand why she and her mother had to leave. But in Ena there is an opening: a person willing to give the young girl glimpses into the folktales of her demolished homeland, a place of natural beauty and communal spirit that is lacking in Silvia’s lonely and impoverished reality.

Enchanted by Ena’s stories, Silvia begins seeing the world with magical possibilities and becomes obsessed with the mysterious older woman who lives in the penthouse of the Morningside. Bezi Duras is an enigma to everyone in the building: She has her own elevator entrance and leaves only to go out at night and walk her three massive hounds, often not returning until the early morning. Silvia’s mission to unravel the truth about this woman’s life, and her own haunted past, may end up costing her everything.

Startling, inventive, and profoundly moving, The Morningside is a novel about the stories we tell—and the stories we refuse to tell—to make sense of where we came from and who we hope we might become.

About the Author

Téa Obreht is the internationally bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife, which won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her second novel, Inland, was an instant bestseller, won the Southwest Book Award, and was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and Zoetrope: All-Story, among many other publications. Originally from the former Yugoslavia, Obreht now resides in Wyoming.

About the Host

Born and raised in Mississippi, Snowden Wright is the author of American Pop, a Wall Street Journal WSJ+ Book of the Month and NPR Best Book of the Year. He has written for The AtlanticSalonEsquire, The Millions, and the New York Daily News, among other publications, and previously worked as a fiction reader at The New YorkerEsquire, and The Paris Review. Wright was a Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellow at the Carson McCullers Center, and his small-press debut, Play Pretty Blues, received the Summer Literary Seminar’s Graywolf Prize. He lives in Yazoo County, Mississippi.

Books: 
The Morningside: A Novel By Téa Obreht  Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781984855503
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - March 19th, 2024

“A touching, inventive novel about belonging and loss” (People) from the critically beloved, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife and Inland


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The Queen City Detective Agency: A Novel By Snowden Wright Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780062963581
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow - August 13th, 2024

Following an unforgettable cast of characters and a jaded female P.I. enmeshed in a criminal conspiracy in 1980s Mississippi, The Queen City Detective Agency is a riveting, razor-sharp Southern noir that unravels the greed, corruption, and racism at the heart of the American Dream.


Event date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 4:30pm
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655