Announcing Camp Square Books, May 21 – 24, 2013
Why should kids have all the fun? “Camp Square Books” will kick off in late spring when four notable authors appear in the Oxford, Mississippi bookstore on four consecutive days, beginning Tuesday, May 21, with Bill Cheng and his remarkable first novel, Southern Cross the Dog, which is drawing early comparisons to the works of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor as an epic literary debut.
Square Books staff members have organized additional events throughout the four day period featuring Oxford writers and educators to create an itinerary of local literary sightseeing, picnics, lectures, hikes, a bus trip to Taylor Grocery and Billy Ray’s Farm, and ample opportunities for participants to rest, read, and regroup at a local bar where they will meet fellow booklovers and, what else, a few writers. Those who register for Camp Square Books will be able to attend all activities, receive signed copies of all four books, and have reserved seating at all events.
Wednesday, May 22, three-time National Book Award Finalist and the bestselling author of 12 critically acclaimed novels, Gail Godwin, will take center stage. Described by John Irving “as a present-day George Eliot,” (and by Richard Howorth as “every bit Peter Taylor’s peer”), Godwin will read from her splendid new novel, Flora – an evening not to be missed. That morning there will be a talk on Southern women writers, and at dinner there will be a chance to hear from Godwin’s editor, Nancy Miller.
Thursday, laugh-out-loud storyteller, banjo-picker and raconteur Clyde Edgerton will present his new book of nonfiction, Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers, in which he shares his wisdom gained from three decades of fatherhood with other dads, young and old alike. Finally, a Civil War historian will talk Friday morning at the L. Q. C. Lamar House preceding the brown bag lunch appearance of Jeff Shaara, who will conclude activities with his novel about the siege of Vicksburg, Chain of Thunder.