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Square Books

Only In Oxford – Square Books

Square Books has been a haven for authors and book aficionados since being founded by Richard and Lisa Howorth in 1979. (October 12, 2014, Page 1A)

Personal library says a lot about a person

When you come across someone’s personal library, whether in their home or office, do you take a look at the titles? Editor Don Whitten writes about how the titles we have and the books we read can tell people a lot about us. (April 14, 2014, Page 4)

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)

Get the story now with Johnson’s new book

Did you read or see “The Help” first? What about “To Kill a Mockingbird”? Editor Don Whitten notes there’s a book in much the same vein as those that’s available now rather than waiting for the film version. For more on Deborah Johnson’s “The Secret of Magic,” read today’s column. (January 29, 2014, Page 4)

Turning the page on a late start

Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks laments the late start he got on all of the music and literature Oxford has to offer, but adds that he, like his favorite author, Larry Brown, is making the best of the situation regardless of when he got hooked. (November 8, 2013, Page 4A)

Khayat shares insights, motivation in memoir

Why did Robert Khayat make the choices and decisions he did when he served as chancellor of the University of Mississippi from 1995 to 2009? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Khayat’s memoir, “The Education of a Lifetime,” that’s out this week and shows how Khayat’s upbringing helped shape him into the person who led his alma mater to unprecedented heights and accomplishments. (September 9, 2013, Page 4A)

Craig Claiborne biography releases May 8

OXFORD TOWN  – Craig Claiborne was hired as the first male food editor of a major newspaper. It came about as the result of crass opportunism if not (as is hinted) chicanery, but The New York Times provided Claiborne with the preeminent platform to fulfill his mission. Author Thomas McNamee describes Claiborne’s hiring as nothing less than “advancing the nation’s culinary culture.” Turn to Page 12 in Oxford Town issue No. 971 to read a review about McNamee’s new book, a biography about Claiborne titled “The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance.” (March 22, 2012, Page 12)

‘Satan Is Real’

OXFORD TOWN – Written by Charlie Louvin, the book “Satan Is Real” is not just a story for music fans but for anyone who enjoys good southern storytelling. The book follows the story of the two brothers, Charlie and Ira Loudermilk, from their wild early years to their formative years playing at the Grand Ole Opera. Page 5 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has Melanie Addington’s review of the intriguing new biography, available at Square Books. (January 12, 2012, Page 5)

Annan to talk about faith, dealing with adversity

Disaster comes in all shapes and sizes. Bad things happen. And we have to deal with adversity. Haiti Partners co-director Kent Annan, who’s speaking this weekend in Oxford, has seen more than his share of adversity as he helps the people of Haiti. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at Annan’s work, including how he helps those in need ask and answer the tough questions about faith. (April 6, 2011, Page 4)

Rodney Crowell set for Off Square Books tonight (Jan. 20)

OXFORD TOWN – Innate storyteller and country music legend Rodney Crowell is scheduled to visit Off Square Books tonight (Jan. 20) at 6 as he tours in support of his recently released memoir “Chinaberry Sidewalks.” Check out page 5 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town for Oxford Town Editor Jeff McVay’s coverage of his recent interview with Crowell where they discussed everything from Crowell’s “rough” childhood (that evolved into something good) to his classic, poetic storytelling through his music. We’re hopeful, confident even, that the Grammy award winning musician will show up with his guitar strapped across his back tonight at 6. After all, he is the storyteller. (January 20, 2011, Page 5)

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