Twenty-Twelve Breaks Out at Square Books in late January

Square Books’ 2012 event schedule got off to a nice start last night (January 17) with Mac Gordon, at Off Square, talking about his Hometown: A Remembrance – how a small town newspaper and ordinary citizens joined together in the 1960s to end racial violence in McComb, Mississippi.

January 23 will bring a crowd to meet historian John Barry (author of Rising Tide), who will talk about his new work – Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty (Viking, 35.00).

January 24Educators’ Night.  In all three stores we will celebrate our teachers with discounts and giveaways.

January 26 – Novelist Adam Johnson will be here to read from his brilliant new novel that several of us are wild about, The Orphan Master’s Son (Random House 26.00).  The fastidious Michiko Kakutani wrote in the New York Times that “Mr. Johnson has written a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice."

January 27 – The Neelys will be here!

January 27 – Yes, later the same day, Nevada Barr will return with The Rope (Minotaur, 25.99), her latest Anna Pigeon novel.  It’s always good to see Nevada back in town.

January 30Joshilyn Jackson (Gods in Alabama) will be back with A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty (Grand Central, 25.99), which Sara Gruen said “feels a lot like falling in love: giddy and enthralling and a little bit dangerous,” suggesting “book clubs take note.”

January 31 – We will close these two great weeks with Oxford’s Julie Cantrell’s first book, Into the Free.