Monday, April 22, 2019
Story Times & Book Character Photo-Op | 3:30-5:30



Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Helen Ellis signs Southern Lady Code
Doubleday (4/2019)

Helen Ellis has a mantra: “If you don’t have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way.” Say “weathered” instead of “she looks like a cake left out in the rain.” Say “early-developed” instead of “brace face and B cups.” And for the love of Coke Salad, always say “Sorry you saw something that offended you” instead of “Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants”...

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Ali Benjamin signs The Next Great Paulie Fink
Little, Brown (4/2019)

In this highly anticipated second novel by the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Thing About Jellyfish, being the new kid at school isn't easy, especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of a classroom prankster like Paulie Fink. When Caitlyn Breen enters the tiny Mitchell School in rural Mitchell, Vermont, she is a complete outsider: the seventh grade has just ten other kids, and they've known each other since kindergarten...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY


Check out the exclusive items available at Lemuria!









. . . and bring your kids to dino story time!




Friday, May 3, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Diane McPhail signs The Abolitionist's Daughter
Kensington (4/2019)

In her sweeping debut, Diane C. McPhail offers a powerful, profoundly emotional novel that explores a little-known aspect of Civil War history—Southern Abolitionists—and the timeless struggle to do right even amidst bitter conflict. On a Mississippi morning in 1859, Emily Matthews begs her father to save a slave, Nathan, about to be auctioned away from his family. Judge Matthews is an abolitionist who runs an illegal school for his slaves, hoping to eventually set them free...

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
Signing 2:00 | Reading 2:30



Shelby Harriel signs Behind the Rifle
University Press of Mississippi (2/2019)

The first study with a regional focus of the role women soldiers played in the Civil War. During the Civil War, Mississippi's strategic location bordering the Mississippi River and the state's system of railroads drew the attention of opposing forces who clashed in major battles for control over these resources. The names of these engagements--Vicksburg, Jackson, Port Gibson, Corinth, Iuka, Tupelo, and Brice's Crossroads--along with the narratives of the men who fought there resonate in Civil War literature...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Margaret McMullan signs Where the Angels Lived
Calypso Editions (5/2019)

The moment she discovers the existence of Richard, a long-lost relative, at Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey of revelation and connectivity as she tirelessly researches the history of her ancestors, the Engel de Jánosis. Propelled by a Fulbright cultural exchange that sends her to teach at a Hungarian University, Margaret, her husband and teenage son all eagerly travel to Pécs, the land of her mother’s Jewish lineage...

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Casey Cep signs Furious Hours
Knopf (5/2019)

The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird. Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Michael Knight signs At Briarwood School for Girls
Atlantic Monthly (4/2019)

From the award-winning writer of Eveningland and The Typist, Michael Knight, At Briarwood School for Girls is an incisive, witty, beautifully-written novel set at a boarding school in the Virginia countryside. It’s 1994 and Lenore Littlefield is a junior at Briarwood School for Girls. She plays basketball. She hates her roommate. History is her favorite subject. She has told no one that she’s pregnant. Everything, in other words, is under control...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Mary Miller signs Biloxi
Liveright (5/2019)

Mary Miller seizes the mantle of southern literature with this wry tale of middle age and the unexpected turns a life can take. Like her predecessors Ann Beattie and Raymond Carver, Mary Miller brings an essential voice to her generation. Building on her critically acclaimed novel, The Last Days of California, and her biting collection, Always Happy Hour, Miller slyly transports readers to her unapologetic corner of the South—this time, Biloxi, Mississippi, home to sixty-three-year-old Louis McDonald Jr...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Barry Gifford signs Southern Nights and Sailor & Lula
Seven Stories Press (2019)

Barry Gifford’s three Southern Gothic novels, Night People, Arise and Walk, and Baby Cat-Face, may be among the weirdest and best of Gifford’s novels for their sheer velocity—the copious, raw violence; the invented religions and gods that make people do things; and how the horrors somehow cohabit—affably—with the genuine pathos and loveliness of the unforgettable characters that live in these books and the things they say so easily that we’ve never heard anyone say before...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Julia Phillips signs Disappearing Earth
Knopf (5/2019)

Spellbinding, moving—evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world—this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls—sisters, eight and eleven—go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women...

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30


Michael Ford signs North Mississippi Homeplace
University of Georgia Press (5/2019)

A beautiful photojournalism essay spanning decades of southern life. In the early 1970s photographer and documentary filmmaker Michael Ford left graduate school and a college teaching position in Boston, Massachusetts, packed his young family into a van, and headed to rural Mississippi, where he spent the next four years recording everyday life through interviews, still photographs, and film. The project took him to Oxford (in Lafayette County), as well as to Marshall, Panola, and Tate Counties, to a remote area north of Sardis Lake...

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Deb Spera signs Call Your Daughter Home
Park Row (6/2019)

For readers of The Kitchen House and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Call Your Daughter Home is an emotionally resonant and stunning tour de force that follows three fierce, unforgettable Southern women in the years leading up to the Great Depression. It’s 1924 South Carolina and the region is still recovering from the infamous boll weevil infestation that devastated the land and the economy. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters from starvation or die at the hands of an abusive husband...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Wright Thompson signs The Cost of These Dreams
Penguin Books (4/2019)

From one of America’s most beloved sportswriters, a collection of true stories about the dream of greatness and its cost in the world of sports. There is only one Wright Thompson. He is, as they say, famous if you know who he is: his work includes the most read articles in the history of ESPN (and it’s not even close) and has been anthologized in the Best American Sports Writing series ten times, and he counts John Grisham and Richard Ford among his ardent admirers...

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Signing 11:00


Luke Lampton and Karen Evers sign Images in Mississippi Medicine
Mississippi State Medical Association (2018)

An old idiom asserts that a picture speaks a thousand words, and the hundreds of images which follow tell the story of medicine with texture, color, and depth words often can't convey. Mississippi has always possessed a distinctive medical sense of place, with its history strongly influenced by its sultry climate as well as native and imported diseases. The long struggle of physicians was arduous in their efforts to battle the state's significant health challenges, which included poverty, race, and an often-malignant climate...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



S. J. Rozan signs Paper Son
Pegasus (7/2019)

The latest Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mystery takes the acclaimed detective duo into the Deep South to investigate a murder within the Chinese community. The Most Southern Place on Earth: that’s what they call the Mississippi Delta. It’s not a place Lydia Chin, an American-born Chinese private detective from Chinatown, NYC, ever thought she’d have reason to go. But when her mother tells her a cousin Lydia didn’t know she had is in jail in Clarksdale, Mississippi...

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Chanelle Benz signs The Gone Dead
Ecco (6/2019)

An electrifying first novel from “a riveting new voice in American fiction” (George Saunders): A young woman returns to her childhood home in the American South and uncovers secrets about her father’s life and death. Billie James’s inheritance isn’t much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old...

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in conversation with KIESE LAYMON



Thursday, August 15, 2019
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Martin Clark signs The Substitution Order
Knopf (7/2019)

From Martin Clark—praised by Entertainment Weekly as “our best legal-thriller writer”—comes a wickedly clever, tenderhearted, and intricately plotted novel about a hard-luck lawyer’s refusal to concede defeat, even as fate, the court system, and a gang of untouchable con artists conspire against him. Kevin Moore, once a high-flying Virginia attorney, hits rock bottom after an inexplicably tumultuous summer leaves him disbarred and separated from his wife. Short on cash and looking for work, he lands in the middle of nowhere with a job at SUBstitution, the world’s saddest sandwich shop...

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