25th Annual Oxford Conference of the Book

March 21st through March 23rd is the 25th Annual Oxford Conference of the Book! “The conference is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Square Books, Southern Documentary Project, Southern Foodways Alliance, Living Blues, Lafayette County Literacy Council, Department of English, Department of History, J. D. Williams Library, Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, African American Studies Program, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, John and Renée Grisham Visiting Writers Fund, Junior Auxiliary of Oxford, Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance, and Southern Literary Trail.”

The schedule for this weeks events is included below. Be sure to check out the Conference Website as well to learn more about this week’s events! The link to the site can be found here.

Congratulations to all those involved with putting together this incredible conference!


TUESDAY, MARCH 20

5:00 p.m. Preconference Warm-Up
Michael Farris Smith ~ The Fighter
Off Square Books on the Oxford Square

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

11:00 a.m. Welcome Lunch at Archives and Special Collections
Hosted by the Friends of the Library
Archives and Special Collections in J. D. Williams Library
University of Mississippi Campus
(Lunch is free, but registration is encouraged)

11:30 a.m. Wayne A. Wiegand and Shirley Wiegand ~ The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism
Archives and Special Collections in J. D. Williams Library
University of Mississippi Campus

1:30 p.m. Cathy Shropshire performing as Fannye Cook: Mississippi’s Pioneering Conservationist, with comments by editors Libby Hartfield and Marion Barnwell
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

3:00 p.m. Writing Political History
Curtis Wilkie and Tom Oliphant ~ The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign
Ellen Meacham ~ Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi
John A. Farrell ~ Richard Nixon: The Life
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

5:00 p.m. Jonathan Miles, The Anatomy of a Miracle, in Conversation with Jim Dees
Off Square Books on the Oxford Square

6:30 p.m. Book Conference Authors’ Party
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Barksdale-Isom House
1003 Jefferson Ave.
(Advance Ticket Required)

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

9:30 a.m. The Latino Experience in the South
Simone Delerme (moderator), Leon Fink, Daniel Connolly, and Angela Stuesse
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

11:00 a.m. The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures, from Poe to Punk
Shawn Chandler Bingham and Lindsey A. Freeman (editors/moderators), Zandria Robinson, Scott Barretta, Chris Offutt, and Jaime Cantrell
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

Lunch on Your Own

noon “Could Publishing Be in My Future? Publishing as a Career”
A campus visit by University Press of Mississippi
Barnard Observatory Conference Room

1:15 p.m. Elaine Weiss, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, in Conversation with Jessie Wilkerson
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

2:30 p.m. “A Summons to Oxford—Ann Beattie on Peter Taylor: The Complete Stories
Ann Beattie, editor
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

4:30 p.m. Poetry and Prose on the Square
Beth Ann Fennelly, Marcus Wicker, Jenny Browne, and Jennifer Tseng
Southside Gallery on the Oxford Square

6:00 p.m. Thacker Mountain Radio
Martin Amis, author
Lyric Theater on the Oxford Square

A book signing for Thursday’s authors will be held at Square Books immediately following Thacker Mountain Radio.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

10:30 a.m. “Radical Foodways”
John T. Edge and Jonathan Kauffman
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

noon Poetry Talk and Lunch
Jenny Browne, speaker/poet
Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library
Sponsored by the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library
(Advance Registration Appreciated)

1:15 p.m. Martin Amis ~ The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1994–2017
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

2:30 p.m. Working with an Editor
Author Chris Offutt (Country Dark) and editor Amy Hundley (Grove Atlantic) will discuss Offutt’s new book and the author-editor process
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

3:45 p.m. Ann Beattie ~ The Accomplished Guest
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

5:00 p.m. Closing Reception and Book Signing
Off Square Books on the Oxford Square

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