Monday, February 24, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Patrick Murphy signs Reserved Mr. Memory
Published by Patrick Murphy (8/2019)

“The voice of photography rings brave and true in these images, many of which were taken in Chickasaw County in Northeast Mississippi. Many of these photos date from the sixties and are beautiful, sometimes disturbing documents about a place where Pat spent his early years. As a Mississippian and fellow Southerner, I am grateful to Pat for sharing these images with us.” - William R. Ferris, Author of The South in Color: A Visual Journal.

Reserved Mr. Memory contains 61 color photos (59 film and 2 digital) taken in the South (half of them in Mississippi) from 1967-2017, plus text. Afterword by William Ferris. 144 pp., hardbound, 10.4 x 10.8 inches, printed on fine art paper...

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Alice Robb signs Why We Dream
Mariner Books (11/2019)

While on a research trip in Peru, science journalist Alice Robb became hooked on lucid dreaming—the uncanny phenomenon in which a sleeping person can realize that they’re dreaming and even control the dreamed experience. Finding these forays both puzzling and exhilarating, Robb dug deeper into the science of dreams at an extremely opportune moment: just as researchers began to understand why dreams exist. They aren’t just random events; they have...

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Signing 3:00 | Reading 3:30



Colum McCann signs Apeirogon
Random House (2/2020)

The National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin tells an epic story rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss in this daring, symphonic novel. Colum McCann’s most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon—named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides—is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints both physical...

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in conversation with KATY SIMPSON SMITH



Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Lee Durkee signs The Last Taxi Driver
Tin House Books (3/2020)

The Last Taxi Driver is a darkly comic novel about a day in the life of an exhausted, middle-aged hackie about to lose his job to Uber, his girlfriend to lethargy, and his ability to stand upright to chronic back spasms. Lou—a lapsed novelist and UFO enthusiast who has returned to his home state of Mississippi after decades away—drives for a ramshackle taxi company that operates on the outskirts of a college town among the trailer parks and housing projects. With Lou’s way of life...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Andy Davidson signs The Boatman's Daughter
Macmillan (2/2020)

A "lush nightmare" of a supernatural thriller about a young woman facing down ancient forces in the depths of the bayou.

Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and his declining band of followers to make ends meet and to protect an old witch and a secret child from harm. ...

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Signing 4:30 | Reading 5:30



Michael Farris Smith signs Blackwood
Little Brown (3/2020)

In this timeless, mythical tale of unforgiving justice and elusive grace, rural Mississippi townsfolk shoulder the pain of generations as something dangerous lurks in the enigmatic kudzu of the woods. The town of Red Bluff, Mississippi, has seen better days, though those who've held on have little memory of when that was. Myer, the county's aged, sardonic lawman, still thinks it can prove itself -- when confronted by a strange family of drifters, the sheriff believes that the people of Red Bluff can...

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Friday, March 6, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Diane Williams signs The Life and Legacy of B.B. King
Arcadia Publishing (11/2019)

Blues legend B.B. King spent his life sharing the music of his soul, which shone relentlessly through hardship and triumph alike. He never wavered from his vocation, even as he gathered up other musicians in his wake and melded them into the harmony of his animating passion. In this intimate portrait of King, author Diane Williams offers a brief account of the monumental blues man's life before settling in for a series of interviews with his...

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Saturday, March 7, 2020




Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Sidney Thompson signs Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves
Bison Books (03/2020)

Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves is an origin story in the true American tradition. Before Bass Reeves could stake his claim as the most successful nineteenth-century American lawman, arresting more outlaws than any other deputy during his thirty-two-year career as a deputy U.S. marshal in some of the most dangerous regions of the Wild West, he was a slave.After a childhood picking cotton, he became an expert marksman under his master’s tutelage...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Signing 4:30 | Reading 5:00



Jerry Mitchell signs Race Against Time
In-conversation with Reena Evers-Everette
Simon & Schuster (2/2020)

"For almost two decades, investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell doggedly pursued the Klansmen responsible for some of the most notorious murders of the civil rights movement. This book is his amazing story. Thanks to him, and to courageous prosecutors, witnesses, and FBI agents, justice finally prevailed." - John Grisham

On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers. The killings, in what would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the Civil Rights Movement. And even though the killers...

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in conversation with REENA EVERS-EVERETTE



Monday, March 23, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Taylor Brown signs Pride of Eden
St. Martin's Press (03/2020)

Retired racehorse jockey and Vietnam veteran Anse Caulfield rescues exotic big cats, elephants, and other creatures for Little Eden, a wildlife sanctuary near the abandoned ruins of a failed development on the Georgia coast. But when Anse’s prized lion escapes, he becomes obsessed with replacing her—even if the means of rescue aren’t exactly legal. Anse is joined by Malaya, a former soldier who hunted rhino and elephant poachers in Africa; Lope, whose training...

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Phillip Gordon signs Gay Faulkner
University Press of Mississippi (01/2020)

The definitive study on the celebrated writer’s often-ignored ties to LGBTQ literature and culture. The life and works of William Faulkner have generated numerous biographical studies exploring how Faulkner understood southern history, race, his relationship to art, and his place in the canons of American and world literature. However, some details on Faulkner’s life collected by his early biographers never made it into published form or, when they did, appeared in marginalized stories and cryptic references. The biographical record of William Faulkner’s life...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Katy Simpson Smith signs The Everlasting
HarperCollins (03/2020)

From a supremely talented author comes this brilliant and inventive literary work of historical fiction, set in Rome in four different centuries, that explores love in all its various incarnations and ponders elemental questions of good and evil, obedience and free will that connect four unforgettable lives. Spanning two thousand years, The Everlasting follows four characters whose struggles resonate across the centuries: an early Christian child martyr; a medieval monk on crypt duty in a church; a Medici princess of Moorish descent; and a contemporary...

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Lily King signs Writers and Lovers
Grove Press (03/2020)

Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she’s been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something...

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Saturday, April 4, 2020
Signing 2:00 | Reading 2:30



Johnnie Bernhard signs Sisters of the Undertow
Texas Review Press (02/2020)

Sisters Kim and Kathy Hodges are born sixteen months apart in a middle-class existence parented by Linda and David Hodges of Houston, Texas. The happy couple welcomes their “lucky daughter” Kim, who is physically and mentally advanced. Following several miscarriages, Linda delivers “unlucky” Kathy at twenty-nine weeks, ensuring a life of cognitive and physical disabilities. Kathy enters public school as a special education student, while Kim is recognized as gifted. Both sisters face life and death decisions as Houston is caught in the rip current...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Robert Kolker signs Hidden Valley Road
Random House (04/2020)

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins—aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony—and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological...

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Paulette Jiles signs Simon the Fiddler
Harper Collins (04/2020)

The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of News of the World and Enemy Women returns to Texas in this atmospheric story, set at the end of the Civil War, about an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart...

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in conversation with MATTHEW GUINN



Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Ariel Lawhon signs Code Name Hélène
Random House (04/2020)

Based on the thrilling real-life story of socialite spy Nancy Wake, comes the newest feat of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia, featuring the astonishing woman who killed a Nazi with her bare hands and went on to become one of the most decorated women in WWII.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Sylvia A. Harvey signs The Shadow System
Hachette (04/2020)

In The Shadow System, award-winning journalist Sylvia A. Harvey follows the fears, challenges, and small victories of three families struggling to live within the confines of a brutal system. In Florida, a 20-year-old black man tries to maintain a relationship with his daughter despite a sentence of life without parole. In Kentucky, where the opioid epidemic has led to the increased incarceration of women, many of whom are white, one mother fights for custody of her children. In Mississippi, a wife...

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



John M. Floyd signs Lighten Up a Little
Dogwood Press (04/2020)

Award-winning Mississippi author John M. Floyd is best known for his crime/suspense stories and his multiple mystery series featuring characters like Angela Potts, Chunky Jones, and Old West private eye Will Parker. Fans of those stories are often surprised to learn that Floyd has also published poetry in more than 100 different markets. His poems, however, aren’t about social issues or angst or philosophy. They’re just … fun. Their purpose is to make you smile, or maybe even Laugh Out Loud. As it turns out, this book’s title is also its message: We all need to take the world a little less seriously....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Signing and Gumbo Tasting 5:00 | Conversation 5:30
AT CATHEAD DISTILLERY



Melissa M. Martin signs Mosquito Supper Club
Artisan (4/2020)

For anyone who loves Cajun food or is interested in American cooking or wants to discover a distinct and engaging new female voice—or just wants to make the very best duck gumbo, shrimp jambalaya, she-crab soup, crawfish étouffée, smothered chicken, fried okra, oyster bisque, and sweet potato pie—comes Mosquito Supper Club...

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in conversation with MALCOLM WHITE



Friday, May 1, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Tom Clavin signs Tombstone
St. Martin's Press (05/2020)

The true story of Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp and the famous Battle at the OK Corral, by the New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City and Wild Bill.

On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, nine men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history. Thirty bullets were exchanged in thirty seconds, killing three men and wounding three others. The fight sprang forth from a tense, hot summer. Cattle rustlers had been terrorizing the back country of Mexico and selling the livestock they stole to corrupt ranchers. The Mexican government built forts along the border to try to thwart American outlaws...

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Martha Hall Foose and Amy C. Evans signs A Good Meal Is Hard to Find
Chronicle Books (4/2020)

A Good Meal Is Hard to Find is more than just a cookbook: it's a love letter to the women and food of the Deep South. With charming narratives, visual storytelling, and delectable recipes, A Good Meal Is Hard to Find is everything you've ever wanted in a Southern cookbook. Inside are 60 go-to recipes organized into five chapters—Morning's Glories, Lingering Lunches, Dinner Dates & Late-Night Takes, Afternoon Pick-Me-Ups, and Anytime Sweets. Recipes written by award-winning cookbook author and Southern food expert Martha Hall Foose, as part of a collaboration with Amy C. Evans....

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in conversation with AMY C. EVANS



Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



John F. Marszalek signs Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet
University Press of Mississippi (05/2020)

In Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex Couples in Mississippi, John F. Marszalek III shares conversations with same-sex couples living in small-town and rural Mississippi. In the first book of its kind to focus on Mississippi, couples tell their stories of how they met and fell in love, their decisions on whether or not to marry, and their experiences as sexual minorities with their neighbors, families, and churches. Their stories illuminate...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Jennifer Steil signs Exile Music
Viking Books (05/2020)

Based on an unexplored slice of World War II history, Exile Music is the captivating story of a young Jewish girl whose family flees refined and urbane Vienna for safe harbor in the mountains of Bolivia. As a young girl growing up in Vienna in the 1930s, Orly has an idyllic childhood filled with music. Her father plays the viola in the Philharmonic, her mother is a well-regarded opera singer, her beloved and charismatic older brother holds the neighborhood...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Genevieve Hudson signs Boys of Alabama
Liveright Publishing (05/2020)

A coming-of-age novel told with magical realism, Boys of Alabama guides us through sixteen-year-old Max’s first year in America. In this bewitching first novel, a sensitive teen, newly arrived in Alabama, falls in love, questions his faith, and navigates a strange power. While his German parents don’t know what to make of a South pining for the past, shy Max thrives in the thick heat. Taken in by...


in conversation with TIMOTHY PAKRON



Thursday, May 28, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Matthew Van Meter signs Deep Delta Justice
Little Brown (05/2020)

The unforgettable story of one lawyer and his defendant who together changed American law during the height of the Civil Rights era.

In 1966 in a small town in Louisiana, a 19-year-old black man named Gary Duncan pulled his car off the road to stop a fight between a group of four white kids and two of Gary's own cousins. After putting his hand on the arm of one of the white children, Duncan was arrested for assault. A member of the local branch of the NAACP...

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
Signing 5:00 | Reading 5:30



Katherine St. John signs The Lion's Den
Grand Central Publishing (05/2020)

A dream vacation on a luxurious yacht turns deadly in this pulse-pounding beach read and perfect book club pick about glamour, friendship, romance, and betrayal on the Riviera. Belle likes to think herself immune to the dizzying effects of fabulous wealth. But when her best friend, Summer, invites her on a glamorous girls' getaway to the Mediterranean aboard her billionaire boyfriend's yacht, the only...

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
Signing 2:00 | Reading 2:30



Claire Fullerton signs Little Tea
Firefly Southern Fiction (05/2020)

One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship. For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house...

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