The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will feature local writer Tom Franklin, author of several books, including the newly published and critically acclaimed, “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” at noon Thursday. Lunch will be served so those planning to attend are asked to register in advance. For more information or to pre-register, call 234-5751. (January 5, 2011)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library welcomes the storytellers and musicians from the North Mississippi Storytellers Guild for Family Story Time on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the children’s corner. Especially for the holiday season, they will share stories and songs of Hannukah to close the festive season. Musician Adrian Baron-Robbins will light the menorah and tell the story of the temple miracle. Rebecca Jernigan will tell Eric Kimmel’s “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.” Anne Gilstrap and other guild members will join in. (December 8, 2010)
Daisy Karam-Read, author of the popular “From Manhattan to Mississippi: A New Yorker Falls in Love with the South,” is coming to Oxford to promote her new book, “The Love Affair Continues: From Manhattan to Mississippi Part Two.” Karam-Read, whose first book was on the South Mississippi Barnes & Noble best seller list 20 times, will sign copies of her latest book at the Ole Miss bookstore on campus Saturday from noon until 6 p.m. The bookstore is located in the Student Union Building, overlooking The Grove. For more information, call (662) 915-7137. (November 24, 2010)
Walt Grayson, veteran WLBT-TV broadcaster and host of ‘Mississippi Roads’ on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, is coming to Oxford to promote his latest book “—Oh. That Reminds Me. More Homegrown Mississippi Stories with Walt Grayson.” The Greenville native will sign copies of the just-published third book for buyers at Old Taylor Antiques on Wednesday beginning at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. And the public is invited.
The event will include a guided tour of the Old Taylor Antiques Victorian-era show house, located 4.5 miles south of the Highway 6 Bridge on Old Taylor Road, to be conducted by owners Jimmy and Jennifer Yancy. For more information, call 234-9797. (November 16, 2010)
Authors Elizabeth Gourlay Heiskell and Susanne Young Reed will sign their new cookbook/memoir, “Somebody Stole the Cornbread From My Dressing” at Off Square Books from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. (November 8, 2010)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host a Harry Potter Party at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for kids ages 5 and older. The party will feature Hogwarts trivia, a character contest and other events. Those who want to participant in this free event must pre-register. For more information or to pre-register, call the library at 234-5751. (November 8, 2010)
Della Davidson’s Square Books Junior Book Fair will be Sunday through Thursday. A special event will be held at Square Books Junior on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For Della Day, 20 percent of all purchases will go to Della Davidson Elementary School if you identify yourself as a Della Book Fair shopper. Family night at Della Book Fair will be Tuesday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Della Davidson library. Free gift wrapping will be available at all events. Refreshments will also be provided. Regular fair hours at the school will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday next week. (November 5, 2010)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host a Halloween Story Time at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, the library will hold its annual Halloween costume contest and party at 10:30 a.m. (October 27, 2010)
Ann Fisher-Wirth, American poet and scholar of Oxford, will be the guest speaker for this Friday evening’s Nature Reading at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Antebellum Home at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs. The event is free and open to the public.
Fisher-Wirth’s third book of poems, “Carta Marina,” appeared from Wings Press in April 2009. She teaches at the University of Mississippi, where she also directs the environmental studies minor. She also teaches in the low residency MFA program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She is currently editing an ecopoetry anthology with Laura-Gray Street and so she will talk about contemporary American ecopoetry to start the program. A discussion will be held at the end of the program. Registration is required by calling 662-252-1155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit http://strawberryplains.audubon.org. (September 20, 2010)
Bramlett Elementary School will conclude its annual Fall Book Fair in the BES library today. Great books are available for sale to the public and attendees can also honor a Bramlett teacher by purchasing a book from their wish list for their classroom.
The book fair will be held Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Parents and caregivers of toddlers, school-aged children, home schoolers and friends are encouraged to purchase books. For more information, call Connie Robinson at 234-2685. (August 29, 2010)