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Anne Scott Barrett Paints Vibrant Watercolor for Poster

Begun in 1993, the Oxford Conference for the Book (OCB) has become an expansive weekend where local arts and literature collide. To mark the thirtieth convening of the OCB, conference organizers worked with Oxford-based artist Anne Scott Barrett to create a poster emblematic of the rich history and promising future for the conference. Mississippi-native Anne … Continued

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Heather Cox Richardson Offers Notes on America

“Historians are fond of saying that the past doesn’t repeat itself; it rhymes,” Boston College professor Heather Cox Richardson says about her widely read daily email series, “Letters from an American.” Few are those with the dedication of Richardson, an expert on American political and economic history whose impeccably informed digest reaches over a million … Continued

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Andre Dubus III Announced as Keynote

Together with The Southern Literary Festival, we are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker: Andre Dubus III. Dubus is a New York Times-bestselling author, Guggenheim Fellow, and an expert of his craft. His most recent novel Such Kindness and his memoir Ghost Dogs will be available at Square Books in anticipation of his keynote at 3 … Continued

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Hawthornden Foundation Provides Support for OCB

In honor of its upcoming 30th year, the Oxford Conference for the Book has received a surprise gift from Hawthornden Foundation. Jimmy Thomas, director of the conference, which is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, welcomed the news. “We are both thrilled and incredibly grateful for … Continued

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