2022 PAST EVENTS
Friday, June 17th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Matt Bondurant



Matt Bondurant signs his new book, OLEANDER CITY.

In the wake of the 1900 Galveston hurricane, three lives converge despite persecution from the Ku Klux Klan, a bare-knuckle boxing match gone wrong, and the recovery efforts of the American Red Cross. The hurricane of 1900, America's worst natural disaster, left the island city of Galveston in ruins. Thousands perished, including all ninety-three children at the Sisters of the Incarnate Word orphanage-except six-year-old Hester, who miraculously survived. Oleander City is the tale of this little girl and the volatile collision...

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Thursday, June 16th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with James Dickson



James Dickson signs his new book of poetry, SOME SWEET VANDAL.

Some Sweet Vandal is a poetry collection that gives Dickson’s observations of and thoughts on fatherhood, the fragility of life, youth, and living in the South....

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Saturday, June 11th 2022 | 10:30am
In-person event with Susan Cushman



Susan Cushman signs her new book,
PILGRIM INTERRUPTED.

The title essay in this collection, “Pilgrim Interrupted,” is set on the island of Patmos, Greece, during one of Susan’s pilgrimages with her husband, Father Basil Cushman, an Orthodox priest. Pilgrimages. Orthodoxy. Icons. Monasteries. It’s all in here. But so are stories about mental health, caregiving, death, family, and writing, including a section on “place,” a key element in Southern literature. And how is Susan’s pilgrimage “interrupted”? By life itself...

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Tuesday, June 7th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Diane c. McPhail



Diane C. McPhail signs her new book,
THE SEAMSTRESS OF NEW ORLEANS.

Against the backdrop of the first all-female Mardi Gras krewe in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, Diane McPhail’s mesmerizing historical novel tells of two strangers separated by background but bound by an unexpected secret—and of the strength and courage women draw from and inspire in each other. The year 1900 ushers in a new century and the promise of social change, and women rise...

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Saturday, June 4th 2022 | 12:00pm
In-person event with Donald W. Davis + Carl A. Brasseaux



Donald W. Davis and Carl A. Brasseaux
sign their new book, ASIAN-CAJUN FUSION.

A lushly illustrated and complete history of Louisiana's shrimping industry. Shrimp is easily America’s favorite seafood, but its very popularity is the wellspring of problems that threaten the shrimp industry’s existence. Asian-Cajun Fusion: Shrimp from the Bay to the Bayou provides insightful analysis of this paradox and a detailed, thorough history of the industry in Louisiana...

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Friday, June 3rd 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with David Rae Morris



David Rae Morris signs his new book,
LOVE, DADDY.

A poignant collection of letters from Willie Morris accompanied by photographs by his son, David Rae Morris. Love, Daddy: Letters from My Father examines the complexities of father-and-son relationships through letters and photographs. Willie Morris wrote scores of letters to his only son, David Rae Morris, from the mid-1970s until Willie’s death in 1999. From David Rae’s perspective, his father was often emotionally disconnected and lived a peculiar lifestyle, often staying out carousing well...

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Saturday, May 28th 2022 | 12:00pm
In-person event with Mary Evelyn Brown + Judy Gilliam



Mary Evelyn Brown and Judy Gilliam sign their new book,
THE MAGICAL HEART OF T DOG.

This story is based on a real-life Boston Terrier who assists children in counseling sessions. In this story, T Dog helps a child deal with bullying by providing steps to address this issue through practical actions and comforting support. . .

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Tuesday, May 24th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Steve Yarbrough



Steve Yarbrough signs his new book,
STAY GONE DAYS.

After a childhood in Mississippi marred by a horrific family scandal, teenage sisters Ella and Caroline Cole escape their hometown, losing all connection to each other. While Ella finds stable domesticity in Boston, Caroline travels the world, from California to Poland, fleeing regrets and a man intent on violence. Despite the decades apart, each sister is never far from the other’s thoughts. Then, one day, Ella walks...

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Saturday, May 21st 2022 | 12:00pm
In-person event with Debby Thompson



Debby Thompson signs her new book,
PULLING BACK THE IRON CURTAIN.

While the world was reading one story, God was writing another. In 1977, amidst the bitterly cold days of the frigid Cold War, a young couple responded to God’s dramatic call on their lives to go and live covertly behind The Iron Curtain. Filled with faith and buffeted by fear, they left the familiar of family and the security of NATO to locate behind enemy lines inside Communist Poland in order to establish a Kingdom beachhead of evangelism and discipleship...

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Saturday, May 21st 2022 | 1:30pm
In-person event with Julie Mabus



Julie Mabus signs her new book,
CONFESSIONS OF A SOUTHERN BEAUTY QUEEN.

A coming-of-age story of a young woman navigating a turbulent and changing South. In the late 1960s, Patsy Channing, a stunningly beautiful young woman was suspended from the venerable Mississippi State College for Women for breach of conduct. The resulting scandal reached all the way to the Columbus courthouse...

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Thursday, May 19th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Sherye S. Green



Sherye S. Green signs her book, ABANDON NOT MY SOUL.

Abbie Richardson and Keith Haliday have suffered devastating losses. Both share a common link—Abbie’s dead husband, Joe. Four years after his death, Abbie still struggles to put the pieces of her life back together and wonders if God has abandoned her. Many areas of her life—especially her current teaching job—do not make sense anymore. A mysterious letter and a serendipitous meeting during a week volunteering...

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Tuesday, May 17th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-Person Event with David J. Dennis, Jr. + David J. Dennis, Sr.



David J. Dennis, Jr. and David J. Dennis, Sr. in conversation with
Dr. Ebony Lumumba to discuss
their new book, THE MOVEMENT MADE US.

A dynamic family exchange that pivots between the voices of a father and son, The Movement Made Us is a unique work of oral history and memoir, chronicling the extraordinary story of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and its living legacy embodied in Black Lives Matter. David Dennis Sr., a core architect of the movement, speaks out for the first time, swapping recollections both harrowing and joyful with David Jr., a journalist working on the front lines of change today...

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Saturday, May 14th 2022 | 12:00pm
In-person event with Karen Hinton + Mike Espy



Karen Hinton signs her new book,
PENIS POLITICS with Former MS
Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Espy.

This is a compelling coming-of-age story, set both in small-town Mississippi and big-city New York, with a long layover in the nation’s capital. Karen Hinton chronicles her life from tiny Soso, Mississippi (pop. 408), to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), where she played on the Lady Rebels basketball team, had embarrassing encounters with literary luminaries such as William Styron and Willie Morris, and received a degree in journalism . . .

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Saturday, May 7th 2022 | 2:00pm
In-person event with Tom Sancton



**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**
Tom Sancton signs his new book,
THE LAST BARON.

A riveting on-the-edge-of-your-seat story about the famous 1970s Patty Hearst-style kidnapping of Baron Edouard “Wado” Empain, juxtaposed with the story of his famous grandfather, the first Baron, who built the Paris Metro, all with the fascinating alternating backgrounds of both Belle Epoque and 1970s high-fashion Paris. What does it take to create a dynasty? What does it take to keep one alive? And what does...

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Wednesday, May 4th 2022 | 12:00pm CST
Virtual Event with Emily St.John Mandel + Katy Simpson Smith



Emily St. John Mandel in conversation with Katy Simpson Smith on Facebook LIVE to discuss her new book, SEA OF TRANQUILITY.

The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space. Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound...

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Tuesday, May 3rd 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Taylor Brown



Taylor Brown signs his new book, WINGWALKERS.

Wingwalkers is one-part epic adventure, one-part love story, and, as is the signature for critically-acclaimed author Taylor Brown, one large part American history. The novel braids the adventures of Della and Zeno Marigold, a vagabond couple that funds their journey to the west coast in the middle of the Great Depression by performing death-defying aerial stunts from town to town, together with the life of the author (and thwarted fighter pilot) William Faulkner...

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Saturday, April 30th 2022 | 12:00pm
In-person event with R.J. Lee



R.J. Lee signs his new books, THE KING FALLS and COLD READING MURDER.

In R.J. Lee’s fourth Mississippi-set Bridge to Death Mystery, it’s up to newly-married reporter and bridge player Wendy Winchester Rierson to finesse a homicide investigation where the killer holds a master hand...

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Wednesday, April 27th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Erika Berry



Erika Berry signs her new book, MOTHERLAND, FATHERLAND, WHATEVERLAND.

Erik Smalhout was born a child of privilege in the Netherlands East Indies. Smalhout’s father sent his unruly son to a boarding school in Australia, just months before the Japanese seized the Netherlands East Indies in early 1942. While young Smalhout adapted to life in rural Australia, his sister and father back home were placed in Japanese prison camps, an experience that proved fateful for his father and changed his sister’s life forever...

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Tuesday, April 26th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-Person Event with Robert Mayer + Jerry Mitchell



Robert Mayer in conversation with Jerry Mitchell to discuss his new book, IN THE NAME OF EMMETT TILL.

The killing of Emmett Till is widely remembered today as one of the most famous examples of lynchings in America. African American children in 1955 personally felt the terror of his murder. These children, however, would rise up against the culture that made Till’s death possible. From the violent Woolworth’s lunch-counter sit-ins in Jackson to the school walkouts of McComb, the young people of Mississippi picketed...

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Monday, April 25th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Kevin Maurer



Kevin Maurer signs his new book,
DAMN LUCKY.

The incredible true story of John "Lucky" Luckadoo, who survived 25 missions as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot in WWII. When Second Lieutenant John “Lucky” Luckadoo—a wide-eyed 21-year-old assigned to the Eighth Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group—arrived in England, “Axis Sally,” an American broadcaster employed by Nazi Germany to disseminate propaganda during World War II, welcomed his squadron by name...

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Saturday, April 23rd 2022 | 12:00pm
In-person event with W.H. Flint



W. H. Flint (Gerry Helferich) signs his new book, HOT TIME.

For fans of The Knick, The Alienist, and The Last Days of Night, an entertaining, atmospheric crime thriller set in the Gilded Age. New York, August 1896. A “hot wave” has settled on the city with no end in sight, leaving tempers short and the streets littered with dead horses felled by the heat. In this presidential election year, the gulf between rich and poor has political passions flaring, while anti-immigrant sentiment has turned virulent....

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Saturday, April 16th 2022 | 2:00pm
In-person event with David Greenspan



David Greenspan signs his new book of poetry, ONE PERSON HOLDS SO MUCH SILENCE.

One Person Holds So Much Silence explores the intersection of physical and emotional traumas through surprising and jaw-dropping language. Simultaneously lush and bizarre, the poems in One Person Holds So Much Silence culminate in a striking deepdive into the pain and experiences of existing within a body. From self-harm to suicidal ideation, Greenspan tackles...

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Saturday, April 9th 2022 | 2:00pm
In-person event with Berkley Husdon



Berkley Hudson signs his new book, O.N. PRUITT'S POSSUM TOWN.

Photographer O. N. Pruitt (1891–1967) was for some forty years the de facto documentarian of Lowndes County, Mississippi, and its county seat, Columbus--known to locals as "Possum Town." His body of work recalls many FSA photographers, but Pruitt was not an outsider with an agenda; he was a community member with intimate knowledge of the town and its residents...

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Wednesday, April 6th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Tara Stringfellow



Tara Stringfellow signs and discusses her new book, MEMPHIS.



A spellbinding debut novel tracing three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter’s discovery that she has the power to change her family’s legacy. In the summer of 1995, ten-year-old Joan, her mother, and her younger sister flee her father’s violence, seeking refuge at her mother’s ancestral home in Memphis...

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Saturday, April 2nd 2022 | 2:00pm
In-person event with Olivia Clare Friedman



Olivia Clare Friedman signs her new book, HERE LIES.



The debut novel from the “Munro-esque” (Houston Post) author of Disasters in the First World, Here Lies is Olivia Clare Friedman’s visceral and portentous look at mourning, memory, and motherhood in an alternate Louisiana ravaged by climate change. Louisiana, 2042. Spurred by the effects of climate change, states have closed graveyards and banned burials, making cremation mandatory and the ashes of loved ones state-owned unless otherwise claimed. In the small town of St. Genevieve...

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Saturday, March 26th 2022 | 12:00pm
In-person event with Ryan Starrett and Josh Foreman



Ryan Starrett and Josh Foreman sign their new book, Death Along the Natchez Trace.

The Natchez Trace is the “Path of Nations,” a 450-mile-long game trail stamped into the earth by primeval bison. Once the domain of the Natchez, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Cherokee tribes, the Trace nurtured these groups, but it was also watered with the blood of tribesmen long before any white man trod on it. European settlers eventually used the path to navigate between the backwoods Cumberland settlements...

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Thursday, March 24th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Alex Kershaw



Alex Kershaw signs and discusses his new book, AGAINST ALL ODDS.



The national bestselling author of The First Wave tells the untold story of the four most decorated soldiers of World War II—Medal of Honor recipients all—from North Africa to Hitler’s own mountaintop fortress. During World War II, as the Allies raced to defeat Hitler, reporters learned of four American soldiers, all in the same regiment, who had earned medal after medal for battlefield heroism....

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Friday, March 11th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Jack E. Davis



Jack E. Davis signs and discusses his new book, THE BALD EAGLE.

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Gulf, a sweeping cultural and natural history of the bald eagle in America. The bald eagle is regal but fearless, a bird you’re not inclined to argue with. For centuries, Americans have celebrated it as “majestic” and “noble,” yet savaged the living bird behind their national symbol as a malicious predator of livestock and, falsely, a snatcher of babies. Taking us from before the nation’s founding through inconceivable resurgences of this enduring all-American species, Jack E. Davis contrasts...

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Thursday, March 10th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Eli Cranor



Eli Cranor signs and discusses his new book, DON'T KNOW TOUGH.

Friday Night Lights gone dark with Southern Gothic; Eli Cranor delivers a powerful noir that will appeal to fans of Wiley Cash and Megan Abbott. In Denton, Arkansas, the fate of the high school football team rests on the shoulders of Billy Lowe, a volatile but talented running back. Billy comes from an extremely troubled home: a trailer park where he is terrorized by his unstable mother’s abusive boyfriend. Billy takes out his anger...

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Sunday, March 6th 2022 | 6:30PM CST
Virtual Event with Dolly Parton & James Patterson!
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Thursday, February 24th, 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Chris McLaughlin



Chris McLaughlin in conversation with Pat Hall about, MISSISSIPPI BARKING.

On August 29, 2005, the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States devastated the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. Like many others in America and around the world, Chris McLaughlin watched the tragedy of Katrina unfold on a television screen from the comfort of her living room on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. In the devastation afterwards, almost 2,000 people and an estimated 250,000 animals had perished...

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Ticketed Event
Wednesday, February 16th 2022 | 6:00pm
In-person event with Imani Perry at Jackson State University



This is a ticketed event.

Imani Perry in conversation with Ebony Lumumba at Jackson State University to discuss her new book, SOUTH TO AMERICA.

An essential, surprising journey through the history, rituals, and landscapes of the American South—and a revelatory argument for why you must understand the South in order to understand America. We all think we know the South. Even those who have never lived there can rattle off a list of signifiers: the Civil War, Gone with the Wind, the Ku Klux Klan, plantations, football, Jim Crow...

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Saturday, February 12th 2022 | 12:00 to 2:00pm
In-person event with Robert St. John + Anthony Thaxton



Robert St. John and Anthony Thaxton sign, WALTER ANDERSON: The Extraordinary Life and Art of the Islander.

Though featured in countless books and exhibitions (including a 2003 retrospective show at the Smithsonian Institution on the centennial of his birth), Walter Anderson has not yet achieved his deserved place in American art history. This book shines light on all the facets of Anderson’s unbelievable output and presents a thoughtful progression of his life and art. With complete access to the Anderson family archives and the vaults of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, this comprehensive...

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Saturday, February 12th 2022 | 12:00pm
In-person event with Steve Robertson



Steve Robertson signs his new book,
DAWG PILE.

The 2021 college baseball season will live in the hearts and minds of Mississippi State fans forever. At long last, the Bulldogs became the national champions of college baseball. Tanner Allen, Will Bednar, and Rowdey Jordan became living legends in Omaha. They accomplished something no other team in Mississippi State history has ever done before...

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Friday, February 11th 2022 | 12:00pm
In-person event with Alice Rhea Mitchell



Alice Rhea Mitchell signs her new book,
SCOOTER MOUSE AND THE POTHOLE.

After observing the action and considering the facts, Scooter Mouse encourages a community solution to the pothole problem in Scooter Mouse and the Pothole, written by Alice Rhea Mitchell and illustrated by Sheryl K. Perry...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 5:00pm
Virtual Event with Chantal James + Maurice Carlos Ruffin



Chantal James in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin on Facebook LIVE to discuss her new book, NONE BUT THE RIGHTEOUS.

Lyrical, riveting, and haunting from its opening lines, None But the Righteous is an extraordinary debut that signals the arrival of an unforgettable new voice in contemporary fiction. In seventeenth-century Peru, St. Martin de Porres was torn from his body after death. His bones were pillaged as relics, and his spirit was said to inhabit those bones. Four centuries later, amid the havoc of Hurricane Katrina, nineteen-year-old Ham escapes New Orleans ...

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Thursday, January 27th 2022 | 5:00pm
Virtual Event with Ben Raines + Jerry Mitchell



Ben Raines in conversation with Jerry Mitchell to discuss his new book, THE LAST SLAVE SHIP.

The incredible true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day—by the journalist who discovered the ship’s remains. Fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed, the Clotilda became the last ship in history to bring enslaved Africans to the United States. The ship was scuttled and burned on arrival to hide evidence of the crime, allowing the wealthy perpetrators to escape prosecution...

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Monday, January 24th 2022 | 5:00pm
In-person event with Antoine Wilson



Antoine Wilson signs and discusses his new book, MOUTH TO MOUTH.

A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this “sleek, swift, and graceful” novel “with unexpectedly sharp teeth” (Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author). In a first-class lounge at JFK airport, our narrator listens as Jeff Cook, a former classmate he only vaguely remembers, shares the uncanny story of his adult life—a life that changed course years before, the moment he resuscitated a drowning man...

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