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Cash swings for homer with second novel

Wiley Cash’s debut novel was an award-winner and best-seller, and Editor Don Whitten writes that his follow-up effort, “This Dark Road to Mercy,” could be headed to similar heights. Cash is slated to visit Oxford and Square Books on Tuesday promoting his newest novel. (February 17, 2014, Page 4)

‘The Tilted World’ familiar for a reason

Ever get that feeling of déja vu when you start reading a book or watching a TV show? Editor Don Whitten explains why he got that feeling as he read the new novel, “The Tilted World,” by the local husband-wife writing duo of Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly. (September 30, 2013, Page 4A)

Taking a fresh look at Faulkner

The 39th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference begins Saturday. This year’s conference features more speakers and panels than ever before primarily because this year marks the 50th anniversary of Faulkner’s death. As always, the conference features several events for local fans of the Nobel Prize-winning writer. (July 6, 2012, Page 1A)

What’s on your summer reading list?

Summer is officially here and that means it’s time to get going with those summer reading lists. What’s on your list? Mysteries? Biographies? Sports? Romance novels. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some options, including trying a bit of our best-known local author – William Faulkner. (June 25, 2012, Page 4)

Gifts that have a long shelf life

For News Editor Jonathan Scott, Christmas and books are practically synonymous. With the big shopping weekend coming up, Scott takes the opportunity to point out the large number of local authors and locally-oriented books that are available for those looking for gift ideas. (November 23, 2011, Page 4A)

UM hosts 18th Annual Conference for the Book this weekend

OXFORD TOWN – Oxford’s 18th Annual Conference for the Book begins today (Thursday, March 24) on the Ole Miss campus featuring Karen Russell (pictured) and many other renowned authors. The conference collaborates with Thacker Mountain Radio at Off Square Books tonight and lasts through Saturday, March 26. Pages 9 and 11 in this week’s issue of Oxford town has participating author photos and more information about the conference. (March 24, 2011, Page 9, 11)

Dean Faulkner Wells releases memoir

OXFORD TOWN – Local author Dean Faulkner Wells releases and signs her memoir about growing up Faulkner titled “Every Day By The Sun” on Saturday, March 19, at the Lyric Theater. Authors Franklin, Pendarvis, Durkee, Thompson and others are scheduled read from the book. Page 7 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has information about Wells, her new book and her family, the beloved Faulkners of Oxford. (March 18, 2011, Page 7)

The one that I stuck with

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks relates that he’s been able to keep one — reading more — for a while now although he is looking for a new author to read since he’s gone through all of the books of his favorite writer, Larry Brown. (January 27, 2011, Page 4)

We can all help with this school project

A letter to the editor from a 14-year-old student in Muskegon, Mich., is asking for help from Oxford EAGLE readers on a school project about life in Mississippi. Editor Don Whitten gets the ball rolling for Logan Moore by writing him a letter in his column telling a bit about our community, our schools, our weather, et cetera. (January 19, 2011, Page 4)

Book offers another way to experience the blues

Think the “blues” can only be experienced through songs and music? Think again – and read Editor Don Whitten’s review of “Delta Blues,” an anthology of blues stories set in and around the Mississippi Delta. Whitten mentions stories by the likes of John Grisham, James Lee Burke, Ace Atkins, Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, and Alice Jackson. (March 26, 2010, Page 4A)

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