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Monday, July 16, 2018
Middle Grade Event | Signing & Reading 5:00


The High Climber of Dark Water Bay $11.99
by Caroline Arden

New York, NY: Turner (2018). Paperback. Signed.

Twelve-year-old Lizzie is in trouble. She used to live a comfortable life with her loving father, but after the stock market crash of 1929 and his sudden death, she and her family now live in poverty. Lizzie is expected to help support the family, but she can’t even cook without burning food. One day, a letter arrives. Her wealthy uncle has offered her a paying job as a summer governess for her two young cousins at a remote logging camp, so she travels alone into the wilderness of Vancouver, British Columbia...

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Saturday, July 14, 2018
Event 4:00


My Delicious Mississippi Life $39.95
by Deborah L. Hunter

Peace in the Storm Publishing (2018). Paperback. Signed.

Chef Deborah L. Hunter has brilliantly and deliciously created a one-of-a-kind culinary and literary experience. Her stories of her life in Mississippi will remind every reader of how history through stories and cooking not only warmed the kitchen but hearts of generations. Girls learned how to cook, and received wisdom that could only come from being in the kitchen with their mothers and grandmothers...

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Middle Grade Event | Signing & Reading 5:00


Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe $16.99
by Jo Watson Hackl

New York, NY: Random House (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

A Mississippi ghost town and an art mystery combine in this gorgeously written debut just right for fans of Three Times Lucky and A Snicker of Magic! How far would you go to find something that might not even exist? All her life, Cricket’s mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist. Now Mama’s run off, and Cricket thinks the room might be the answer to getting her to come back. If it exists. And if she can find it...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


The Lost Country $26.95
by William Gay

Sonny Brewer, a longtime friend of Gay's, will tour and sign. He wrote the foreword.

New York, NY: Dzanc Books (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Ten years after it was first announced, Dzanc is proud to deliver the lost novel from a master of the Southern Gothic—the work William Gay fans have anticipated for a decade. Billy Edgewater is a harbinger of doom. Estranged from his family, discharged from the Navy, and touched by a rising desperation, he sets out hitchhiking home to East Tennessee, where his father is slowly dying...

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Monday, July 2, 2018
Young Adult Event | Signing & Reading 5:00


Lifeline $20.50
by Abbey Lee Nash

North Point, FL: Tiny Fox Press (2018). Paperback. Signed.

Abbey Lee Nash debuts with a new voice along the lines of Jennifer Niven, Sharon M. Draper, and John Green, in Lifeline, a gorgeously written tale that plunges the reader into the life of popular high school senior Eli Ross who has everything...until an overdose at a party takes it all away. After nearly dying in the ER, Eli agrees to go to LakeShore Recovery Center, an inpatient substance abuse treatment program where he’ll spend the next 28 days...

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Story Time at the Eudora Welty House | Signing & Reading 3:00


Finn's Feather $17.95
by Rachel Noble & Zoey Abbott

Jackson, MS: Enchanted Lion Books (2018). Hardback. Signed.

Finn knows his brother is gone. But he also knows that Hamish sent the beautiful white feather on his doorstep. Finn runs to show his mother the feather from Hamish, but she only gives him a big hug. In school, Finn’s teacher responds similarly. Why isn’t anyone as excited as he is? Finn sits quietly, cradling the beautiful, amazing feather. “Why did Hamish give it to you?” asks his friend, Lucas. “Maybe he wanted to say hi?” wonders Finn. “Maybe,” Lucas says, “Hamish wanted you to have fun with it”...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Sweet & Low $25.00
by Nick White

New York, NY: Blue Rider Press (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Praised by the Washington Post as “Tennessee Williams...transposed to the twenty-first-century South,” Nick White returns with a stunning short-story collection that tackles issues of masculinity, identity, and place, with a sharp eye for social commentary and a singular handling of character. At first glance, the stories in Sweet & Low seem grounded in the everyday: they paint pictures of idyllic Southern landscapes, characters fulfilling their roles as students, wives, boyfriends, sons...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Southernmost $26.95
by Silas House

Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

When a flood washes away much of a small community along the Cumberland River in Tennessee, Asher Sharp, an evangelical preacher there, starts to see his life anew. He has already lost a brother due to his inability to embrace his brother’s coming out of the closet. Now, in the aftermath of the flood, he tries to offer shelter to two gay men, but he’s met with resistance by his wife. Furious about her prejudice, Asher delivers a sermon where he passionately defends the right of gay people to exist without condemnation...

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Signing 4:00 | Reading 4:30


Treeborne $26.00
by Caleb Johnson

New York, NY: Picador (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

In the tradition of Big Fish and Amanda Coplin's instant classic, The Orchardist, comes a debut novel of an unusual family who have made their home at the margins of an unusual place. Wedged between the bluffs and the river for which it's named, there’s a small and all-but-forgotten town. Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time, she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked, and where the peaches they left behind now grow...

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Signing 12:00 | Reading 1:00


The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels $30.00
by Jon Meacham

New York, NY: Random House (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Presigned copies will be available for sale at the reading

With clarity and purpose, Meacham explores contentious periods and how presidents and citizens came together to defeat the forces of anger, intolerance, and extremism. Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke $29.95
by Andrew Lawler

New York, NY: Doubleday (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

A sweeping account of America’s oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and what the Lost Colony reveals about America today. In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina to establish the first English settlement in the New World. But when the new colony’s leader returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers had vanished, leaving behind only a single clue—a “secret token” etched into a tree...

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Monday, June 11, 2018
Young Adult Event | Signing & Reading 5:00


Standing Up $10.00
by Lauren Hill

Jackson, MS: The Well Writers Guild (2017). Paperback. Signed.

Sixteen-year-old Lauren Hill weaves plots that are moral puzzles. Each has twists, turns and satisfying endings. Teen readers will naturally “get” her stories. Parents will better understand the challenges youth face today. Don’t be fooled because of the author’s age! These stories are highly enjoyable, believable, and satisfying! ...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Atticus Finch: Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of an American Icon $27.00
by Joseph Crespino

New York, NY: Basic Books (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Who was the real Atticus Finch? The publication of Go Set a Watchman in 2015 forever changed how we think about Atticus Finch. Once seen as a paragon of decency, he was reduced to a small-town racist. How are we to understand this transformation? In Atticus Finch, historian Joseph Crespino draws on exclusive sources to reveal how Harper Lee's father provided the central inspiration for each of her books...

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Monday, June 4, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


A Past That Won't Rest: Images of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi $40.00
edited by Jane Hearn

Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

A Past That Won't Rest: Images of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi collects never-before-published photographs taken by Jim Lucas (1944-1980), an exceptional documentary photographer. His black and white images, taken during 1964 through 1968, depict events from the civil rights movement including the search for the missing civil rights workers in Neshoba County, the Meredith March Against Fear, Senator Robert F. Kennedy's visit to the Mississippi Delta, and more...

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
Readings and Book Signings by Award Winners at 1:30

Congratulations to the 2018 Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Winners!
Visit the MIAL website for the full schedule of Awards Weekend events.











Fiction
Michael Knight, Knoxville, Tennessee
Eveningland

Nonfiction
John T. Edge, Oxford
The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

Photography
Jack Spencer, Nashville, Tennessee
This Land: An American Portrait

Poetry
Molly McCully Brown, North Little Rock, Arkansas
The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded
Visual Arts
Charlie Buckley, Tupelo
Charlie Buckley - Recent Paintings

Music Composition (Classical)
James Sclater, Clinton
No Fairer Isle on Which to Dwell

Music Composition (Contemporary)
Shannon McNally, Holly Springs
Black Irish

Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Ivy, FAIA
EVP/Chief Executive Officer, American Institute of Architects
Washington, D.C.

Andrew Cary Young
President, Chief Designer, Marketing & Sales
Pearl River Glass Studio
Jackson, Mississippi
Special Achievement Award
The Mississippi Encyclopedia
Senior Editors: Ted Ownby and Charles Reagan Wilson
Associate Editors: Ann J. Abadie, Odie Lindsey, and James G. Thomas, Jr.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Published by the University Press of Mississippi/Jackson



Thursday, May 31, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Empire of Light $15.99
by Michael Bible

Brooklyn, NY: Melville House (2018). First Edition. Signed. Paperback.

After an adolescent prank leads to a stranger’s death, Alvis Maloney rambles westward. He lands in a small North Carolina town and falls in love—in love with his neighbor Molly, with a lonesome quarterback called Miles, with a whole community of enduring misfits and losers. But at the same time, another life takes shape in Maloney’s dreamlike visions: a horse named Forever, a princess with hypochondria, and an electric city that’s always just out of reach. As these two promises of home fight for their hold on Maloney, the story careens toward disaster...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Event 5:00


One Decision Can $19.95
by Dave Jesiolowski

Createspace (2018). Paperback. Signed.

The decisions you make and the actions you take affect the ultimate outcome of your life. Inside this book you'll discover:
  • Innovative new ways to make smarter decisions to experience life at a whole new level.
  • The #1 secret to go from stress to success.
  • How Dave went from broke to a six-figure income and from worst to first in the world in sales with no prospects...


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community $16.95
by Renée Hodges

New York, NY: She Writes Press (2018). Paperback. Signed.

A raw, honest, deeply moving memoir about the difficulties of managing a successful recovery from opioids—the number one killer of American kids age 18–25—told from the perspective of the addict’s aunt, who took Bobby in and dedicated herself to helping him. Using a holistic and open approach, the shame and stigma associated with addiction was lessened – and ultimately, Bobby learned he had to save himself...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


A Shout in the Ruins $30.00
by Kevin Powers

New York, NY: Little, Brown (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Set in Virginia during the Civil War and a century beyond, this novel by the award-winning author of The Yellow Birds explores the brutal legacy of violence and exploitation in American society. Spanning over one hundred years, from the antebellum era to the 1980's, A Shout in the Ruins examines the fates of the inhabitants of Beauvais Plantation outside of Richmond, Virginia. When war arrives, the master of Beauvais, Anthony Levallios, foresees that dominion in a new America will be measured...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Cups Up: How I Organized a Klavern, Plotted a Coup, Survived Prison, Graduated College, Fought Polluters, and Started a Business $25.00
by George T. Malvaney

Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

A riveting story of perseverance and redemption that proves life is stranger than fiction. George T. Malvaney's life epitomizes the old maxim that "You cannot make this stuff up." Combine a young Klansman from Mississippi, an armed coup attempt in the Caribbean, a stay in prison, and a life-changing epiphany, and you have but half of this swashbuckling tale. Throw in the worst man-made ecological disaster in the history of the United States, and you have unleashed Malvaney's full life story...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Signing 4:30 | Reading 5:30


The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships $24.00
by Suzanne Stabile

New York, NY: IVP Books (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

How do we understand the motivations and dynamics of the different personality types we see in our intimate partners, our friends, or in our professional lives? This book from Suzanne Stabile on the nine Enneagram types and how they experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have loving, mature, and compassionate relationships. ...

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Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:00 a.m.


Elephant and Piggie's Story Time! FREE!

Mo Willems's beloved characters are visiting Lemuria!
Join Elephant and Piggie on the Second Floor of Banner Hall Saturday, May 5th, at 10 a.m. for stories, photos, and ice cream!
We will have a variety of Mo Willems's books for sale, including the Elephant and Piggie, Knufflebunny, and Pigeon series!

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Friday, May 4, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table $28.95
by Rick Bragg

New York, NY: Knopf (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

From the beloved, best-selling author of All Over but the Shoutin’, a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother. Including seventy-four mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations. Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in “dabs” and “smidgens” and “tads” and “you know, hon, just some.” She cannot be pinned down on how long to bake corn bread (“about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mysteries of your oven”)...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Southern Writers on Writing $28.00
edited by Susan Cushman
event with Susan Cushman, Jim Dees, and John Floyd

Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

The South is often misunderstood on the national stage, characterized by its struggles with poverty, education, and racism, yet the region has yielded an abundance of undeniably great literature. In Southern Writers on Writing, Susan Cushman collects twenty-six writers from across the South whose work celebrates southern culture and shapes the landscape of contemporary southern literature. Contributors hail from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Delta Epiphany: Robert F. Kennedy in Mississippi $28.00
by Ellen B. Meacham

Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

In April 1967, a year before his run for president, Senator Robert F. Kennedy knelt in a crumbling shack in Mississippi trying to coax a response from a listless child. The toddler sat picking at dried rice and beans spilled over the dirt floor as Kennedy, former US attorney general and brother to a president, touched the boy's distended stomach and stroked his face and hair. After several minutes with little response, the senator walked out the back door, wiping away tears...

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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Event at the Eudora Welty House
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Varina $27.99
by Charles Frazier

New York, NY: Ecco (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

In his powerful fourth novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. With her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a life of security as a Mississippi landowner. He instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Bluff $26.00
by Michael Kardos

New York, NY: Mysterious Press (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

From a writer who “dazzles with prose strength and style” (Michael Koryta), Bluff takes us deep inside the fraught and fascinating world of a modern magician who becomes obsessed with magic’s dark twin—the underworld of the card cheat. The magician’s job is to create a mystery—an unbridgeable gap between cause and effect. Michael Kardos brilliantly constructs his new novel Bluff. as a magician would, delivering a perfectly calibrated performance of intrigue and, ultimately, astonishment...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Dear Madam President $20.00
by Jennifer Palmieri

New York, NY: Grand Central (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Dear Madam President is an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field. By using lessons learned during her experiences with Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Elizabeth Edwards--to name a few--Palmieri through each chapter creates a forward-thinking framework of inspirational and practical advice for all women everywhere--from boardrooms to living rooms--who...

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Monday, April 16, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen $30.00
by Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett

New York, NY: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2018). First Edition. Signed.

Southern fare with a Mexican flair, by the chef/co-owner of the restaurant empire that Bon Appétit called a “Top American Restaurant.” USA Today called Taqueria del Sol “a runaway success.” Bon Appétit wrote: “Move over, Chipotle!” The fast-casual food of Eddie Hernandez, the James Beard-nominated chef/co-owner of the restaurant, lands on the commonalities of Southern and Mexican food, with dishes like Memphis barbecue pork tacos, chicken pot pie served in a “bowl” of a puffed tortilla...

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Country Dark $24.00
by Chris Offutt

New York, NY: Grove Press (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Chris Offutt’s long-awaited return to fiction after nearly two decades, Country Dark is a fierce noir-inflected novel about a good man pushed by circumstance into crime. Chris Offutt is an outstanding literary talent, whose work has been called “lean and brilliant” (New York Times Book Review) and compared by reviewers to Tobias Wolff, Ernest Hemingway, and Raymond Carver. He’s been awarded the Whiting Writers Award for Fiction/Nonfiction and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


George Herbert's Latin Verse
by Catherine Freis, Richard Freis, and Greg Miller


Paperback. $20.00 Signed.

Hardback. $40.00 signed.

This revelatory, new translation of the Latin poetry of the Renaissance poet and Anglican priest George Herbert “reveals a satiric and playful poet that may surprise readers” and “makes these works fully available to a broad readership” (James Doelman). 109 poems are included in this volume, with Latin and English on facing pages, along with copious commentary, notes, and appendices...

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Monday, April 9, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


The Line Becomes a River $26.00
by Francisco Cantú

New York, NY: Riverhead (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there...

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Saturday, April 7, 2018
Signing 2:00 - 4:00


Still Wrestling: Faith Renewed Through Brokenness $14.99
by Les Ferguson Jr.

Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press (2018). Paperback. Signed.

In the aftermath of a double murder, a destroyed family, and a shattered faith, Les gives hope to others wrestling with God through a dramatically different study of the Bible’s characters. Life happens to us all. When good turns to bad, the journey from bad back to good can seem impossible. In this candid book, Pastor Les Ferguson shares his true story of when he struggled to believe not that God existed but that he cared. The questions of faith and doubt shared in Still Wrestling show Les’s journey through tragedy to a deep, renewed faith...

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Middle Grade Event | Signing & Reading 5:00


A Sky Full of Stars $16.99
by Linda Williams Jackson

New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2018). Hardcover. Signed.

With racial tensions rising, Rose Lee Carter must find her place in the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement in this sequel to Midnight Without a Moon. After the murder of Emmett Till, thirteen-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage $28.95
by Brian Castner

New York, NY: Doubleday (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie’s route by canoe in a grueling journey—and discovered the Passage he could not find. Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


P.I.G.G.Y. Plan-It $16.95
by Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ryder Taff, and Susan F. McAdory

CreateSpace (2018). Paperback. Signed.

P.I.G.G.Y. Plan-It is a primer on personal finance. Authors Anderson, Taff and McAdory walk you through each topic, warning you of opportunities to seize and pitfalls to avoid. They present their expert advice in everyday language and stories, bringing you up to speed to get your financial house in order. Whether you need an introduction to or a refresher on the ins and outs of building credit, insurance coverage, retirement planning or other areas of your financial life, you'll find practical, straightforward advice...

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Monday, March 26, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music's Hometown $28.00
by Robert Gordon

New York, NY: Bloomsbury (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Profiles and stories of Southern music from the acclaimed author of Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion. The fabled city of Memphis has been essential to American music—home of the blues, birthplace of rock and roll, and a soul music capital. When Robert Gordon started covering Memphis music, the golden ages of his hometown had passed. But the links were there if you looked for them. Starting as a teenager, Gordon sought out old legends...

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


The Fighter $26.00
by Michael Farris Smith

New York, NY: Little, Brown (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

A blistering novel of violence and deliverance set against the mythic backdrop of the Mississippi Delta. The acres and acres of fertile soil, the two-hundred-year-old antebellum house, all gone. And so is the woman who gave it to Jack, the foster mother only days away from dying, her mind eroded by dementia, the family legacy she entrusted to Jack now owned by banks and strangers. And Jack's mind has begun to fail, too. The decades of bare-knuckle fighting are now taking their toll...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


The Past Is Never $24.99
by Tiffany Quay Tyson

New York, NY: Skyhorse (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

A compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, deftly weaving together local legends, magical realism, and the search for a missing child. Siblings Bert, Willet, and Pansy know better than to go swimming at the old rock quarry. According to their father, it's the Devil's place, a place that's been cursed and forgotten. But Mississippi Delta summer days are scorching hot and they can't resist cooling off in the dark, bottomless water. Until the day six-year-old Pansy vanishes...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Anatomy of a Miracle $27.00
by Jonathan Miles

New York, NY: Hogarth (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

The brilliant, provocative new novel from the critically acclaimed author of Want Not about a paralyzed young veteran’s sudden, mysterious recovery—a stunning exploration of faith, science, celebrity, and mystery. The last place Private First Class Cameron Harris ever walked was in a field in the Darah Khujz District of Zabul Province, in Afghanistan. For four years now, he’s lived with his older sister, Tanya, in their Biloxi, Mississippi, family home—a narrow, half-century-old shotgun-style house that wasn’t...

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Monday, March 19, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Panorama $27.00
by Steve Kistulentz

New York, NY: Little, Brown (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

A debut novel that spins towards a single moment, a plane crash on New Year's Day, and then away from it, as the families of the victims navigate intertwined paths in the wake of the tragedy. Richard MacMurray, a cable news talking head, is paid handsomely to pontificate on the issues of the moment. On New Year's Day he is scheduled to appear on a prominent Sunday-morning talk show, but as he awaits the broadcast, the program is interrupted by news of a jet airline crash in Dallas killing everyone on board. Richard becomes aware...

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Signing 3:00


Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty $35.00
by John B. Boles

New York, NY: Basic Books (2017). Hardcover. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

From an eminent scholar of the American South, the first full-scale biography of Thomas Jefferson since 1970. Not since Merrill Peterson's Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation has a scholar attempted to write a comprehensive biography of the most complex Founding Father. In Jefferson, John B. Boles plumbs every facet of Thomas Jefferson's life, all while situating him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We meet Jefferson the politician and political thinker...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Signing 5:00


The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal's $40.00
by Malcolm White
illustrated by Ginger Williams Cook

Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal's is a collaboration between artist Ginger Williams Cook and author Malcolm White about the people, the place, and the history of Hal & Mal's, an iconic institution in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Featuring beautiful watercolor paintings, the book brings together thirty years of family history, live music performances, and cafe society through graphic designs of old photographs, original illustrations, Hal's legendary recipe cards, and the written word...

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Monday, March 12, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Gradle Bird $17.95
by J. C. Sasser

New York, NY: Koehler (2017). Paperback. Signed.

Sixteen-year-old Gradle Bird has lived her entire life with her Grandpa, Leonard, at a seedy motel and truck stop off Georgia's I-16. But when Leonard moves her to a crumbling old house rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Ms. Annalee Spivey, Gradle is plunged into a lush, magical world more dangerous than from the one she came...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


40 Days $24.95
by Joe Lee

Brandon, MS: Dogwood (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Photojournalist Duane Key is almost fifty when the first clue gets his attention: a text message refers to his upcoming milestone birthday as 40. Flattery will get you everywhere, he replies. Several days later, as he’s being bombarded with the number 35 (the price of a can of green beans, the morning temperature, a song on a radio countdown), he mentions the numerical coincidences to an old friend but finds them more curious than troublesome...

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Perennials $15.99
by Julie Cantrell

New York, NY: Thomas Nelson (2017). Paperback. Signed.

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Into the Free comes an unforgettable exploration of the complicated relationships between women and the constant battle we all fight against time itself. When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents' 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother's perennial garden...

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Monday, February 26, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


An American Marriage $26.95
by Tayari Jones

Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend...

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Signing & Reading 4:00


Mr. Honeycut $15.99
by Lottie Brent Boggan

Returning to Mississippi, Merritt Bond, a psychologist, retrieves evidence of her childhood molestation and risks her life to unravel the secrets hidden deep inside her own broken psyche. Mr. Honeycut is a psychological thriller dedicated to all victims of sexual abuse, offering encouragement to face those demons to promote healing...

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Signing 1:00


Hidden History of Jackson $21.99
by Josh Foreman and Ryan Starrett

New York, NY: History Press (2018)

The history of Jackson is filled with gripping tales of horrors and heroism. A recording company founded in the mid-1960s with the expectation of competing with New Orleans and Memphis was a national success, outlasting its better-funded rivals. Known as the “Devil's Backbone,” the Natchez Trace is the graveyard for countless travelers slain by the road's numerous serial killers, brigands and land pirates. Yet one mass grave stands above the others: the Boyd Mounds...

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Dr. Seuss's Super-Dee-Dooper Bus Tour FREE!




Oh the places you'll go! . . . when you come play on Dr. Seuss's Super-Dee-Dooper Bus on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. outside of Banner Hall. An interactive exhibit with fun, games and stories, you'll want to take photos with The Cat and the Hat who is rolling into Jackson on the bus!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Madison Park: A Place of Hope $24.99
by Eric L. Motley

New York, NY: Zondervan (2017). Hardcover. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Eric Motley writes this journey of overcoming, a richly colorful memoir of growing up in a small southern community to becoming the youngest member of the Bush Administration. Welcome to Madison Park, a place of self-determination, hope, and the American dream. And meet Eric Motley, raised in this remarkable Alabama community founded by freed slaves, a place that taught him everything he needed to know on his journey to becoming Special Assistant to President George W. Bush at the Oval Office...

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Friday, February 16, 2018
Signing 5:00


Cooking with Spices $19.99
by Mark C. Stevens

New York, NY: Rockridge Press (2017). Paperback. Signed.

Send your taste buds around the world with easy-to-make rubs, blends, sauces, and pastes from Cooking with Spices. Knowing how to balance flavor and spice can transform a dish. But whether readers are looking to liven up what's already in the refrigerator or trying something new, figuring out just the right blend of spices to use can be intimidating. Cooking with Spices is a comprehensive reference cookbook that explains the regional origins of spices from...

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Friday, February 9, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Mississippi $34.95
poems by Ann Fisher-Wirth, photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay

TX: Wings Press (2018). First Edition. Signed.

This gorgeous large-format hardback (11 x 9.25 inches) features 47 poems and 47 color photographs that explore the history, culture, and ecology of the state of Mississippi. The epigraph for the book is taken from Theodore Roethke's "North American Sequence": "The imperishable quiet at the heart of form." This quietness to be found by contemplating the photographs of Maude Schuyler Clay was at the heart of Ann Fisher-Wirth's poetic process, which involved listening — listening to the voices that spoke their stories somehow in connection, however oblique, with the photographs. ...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


King Zeno $28.00
by Nathaniel Rich

New York, NY: MCD (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

New Orleans, 1918. The birth of jazz, the Spanish flu, an ax murderer on the loose. The lives of a traumatized cop, a conflicted Mafia matriarch, and a brilliant trumpeter converge—and the Crescent City gets the rich, dark, sweeping novel it so deserves. From one of the most inventive writers of his generation, King Zeno is a historical crime novel and a searching inquiry into man’s dreams of immortality...

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Monday, January 29, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


The Unmade World $18.00
by Steve Yarbrough

New York, NY: Unbridled (2018). First Edition. Signed. Paperback.

Set against a backdrop of the current political and cultural upheaval in the US and Eastern Europe, The Unmade World is a thoughtful, scope-y literary novel with a dose of suspense that moves from Poland to California to the Hudson Valley and back to Poland. It covers a decade in the lives of an American journalist and a Polish small businessman turned petty criminal and the wrenching aftermath of an accidental, tragic encounter...

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Fire Sermon $24.00
by Jamie Quatro

New York, NY: Grove Press (2018). First Edition. Signed. As new in dust jacket.

Jamie Quatro's remarkable first book of stories I Want To Show You More published to spectacular reviews, announcing her arrival to American letters as "a writer of great originality" (New York Times Book Review). Now, with her debut novel, Fire Sermon, Quatro delivers a startlingly original portrait of an obsession and the complexities of a marriage. Married twenty years to Thomas and living in Nashville with their two children, Maggie is drawn ineluctably...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Signing 4:00


Planning from the Inside Out $37.95
by Rhonda Fetcko

New York, NY: Christian Faith Publishing (2017). Hardback. Signed.



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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Signing 1:00


Mississippi and the Great Depression $21.99
by Richelle Putnam

New York, NY: History Press (2017). Paperback. Signed.

When the Great Depression erupted, Mississippi had not yet recovered from the boll weevil or the Flood of 1927. Its land suffered from depleted forests and soil. Plus, the state had yet to confront the racial caste systems imprisoning poor whites, African Americans and other minorities. Nevertheless, innovative Mississippians managed to keep their businesses and services open. Meanwhile, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs fostered economic stimulation within the state...

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