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In November 2001, we began offering a weekly email newsletter featuring news, trivia, and events regarding books and writers in Mississippi. Use the form below to subscribe.

Past Issues:

  • March 19, 2004:
  • March 12, 2004: Oxford Book Conference dedicated to Walker Percy … New book recounts black artist's pre-integration study at Ole Miss
  • March 5, 2004: Authors gather in Oxford for 11th annual Book Conference … Literary events in Jackson, Delta bookend book conference
  • Feb. 27, 2004: New books: The Last Juror, by John Grisham; High Country, by Nevada Barr; Flashback, by Nevada Barr
  • Feb. 20, 2004:
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  • Jan. 30, 2004:
  • Jan. 23, 2004: Mississippi Library Commission seeks book nominations
  • Jan. 16, 2004:
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  • Dec. 26, 2003:
  • Dec. 19, 2003: Call for Papers: Delta Blues Symposium X: The 1950s … Call for Papers: Eudora Welty in/and America
  • Dec. 12, 2003: Barry Hannah receives short fiction award … John T. Marszalek returns to MSU to head scholarship program
  • Dec. 5, 2003: John T. Edge named ‘top 20 southerner’
  • Nov. 28, 2003:
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  • Oct. 10, 2003: Welty house to become museum
  • Oct. 3, 2003:
  • Sept. 26, 2003:
  • Sept. 19, 2003: Faulkner birthday to be celebrated … New books: Bleachers, by John Grisham; On William Faulkner, by Eudora Welty
  • Sept. 12, 2003: Calls for Papers: The Mississippi Encyclopedia, Faulkner in the 21st Century … New books: They Write Among Us: New Stories and Essays from the Best of Oxford Writers, edited by Jim Dees; The Rabbit Factory, by Larry Brown
  • Sept. 5, 2003: New books: Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe II: Anthology of Southern Writers, edited by Sonny Brewer; The Footprints of God, by Greg Iles
  • Aug. 29, 2003: New book: Blue Window: Poems, by Ann Fisher-Wirth
  • Aug. 22, 2003: New book: The Hit, by Jere Hoar
  • Aug. 15, 2003: Writer, instructor James Whitehead dies at 67 … Georgia author Janisse Ray joins Ole Miss faculty as Grisham writer in residence for 2003-04 … Thacker Mountain Radio receives grant … New books: Robert G. Clark’s Journey to the House: A Black Politician’s Story, by Will D. Campbell; Sonny Montgomery: The Veteran’s Champion, by G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery et al; Mississippi: A Documentary History, edited by Bradley G. Bond
  • Aug. 8, 2003:
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  • July 4, 2003:
  • June 27, 2003: Faulkner Conference to focus on South’s ecology … nominees sought for University of Mississippi journalism award … Library receives Eudora Welty Scrapbook … New book: Sleep No More, by Greg Iles
  • June 20, 2003:
  • June 13, 2003: Faulkner Conference to examine ‘Faulkner and the Ecology of the South’… New or updated articles: William Clark Falkner, Eudora Welty … New book: Some Notes on River Country, by Eudora Welty
  • June 6, 2003: Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard announce tour … Shay Youngblood finishes year as Grisham writer-in-residence … New book: Of Long Memory: Mississippi and the Murder of Medgar Evers, by Adam Nossiter
  • May 30, 2003: Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard to announce tour at Faulkner home
  • May 23, 2003: Yalobusha Review hits newsstands … Tallahatchie RiverFest seeks fiction submissions
  • May 16, 2003: New book: The Granta Book of the American Long Story, edited by Richard Ford
  • May 9, 2003: New book: Shelby Foote: A Writer’s Life, by C. Stuart Chapman
  • May 2, 2003: Jim Henson’s children buy back the Jim Henson Company … New books: Charitable Choices: Religion, Race, and Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era, by John P. Bartkowski and Helen A. Regis; Splintered Bones, by Carolyn Haines … 2003 Yalobusha Review now available
  • April 25, 2003: Film version of Grisham’s A Painted House to air on CBS … New articles: Reuben Davis, Irwin Russell, Clayton Sullivan … New books: Rescuing the Bible from Christians and Jesus & the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church: A Fable, by Clayton Sullivan … Yoknapatawpha Summer Writers’ Workshop
  • April 18, 2003: Event to raise money for Mississippi State University literary magazine
  • April 11, 2003: New articles: Joyce A. Ladner, Otha Richard Sullivan … New books: African American Women Scientists and Inventors, by Otha Richard Sullivan; The New Urban Leaders, by Joyce A. Ladner … P&G Communications announcement
  • April 4, 2003: Oxford Book Conference to celebrate Stark Young … New article: Stark Young … New books: Crossed Bones, by Carolyn Haines; Sixth Inning in Southaven, by Phil Hardwick; Escape from Heart, by Lynette Stark … Latest issue of The Southern Register available online
  • March 28, 2003: Oxford Conference for the Book scheduled for April 10-13 … New article: Marty Stuart
  • March 21, 2003:
  • March 14, 2003: Poet Beth Ann Fennelly reads at Library of Congress, on Voice of America … Mississippi State University English professor named associate arts and sciences dean … New article: George Thatcher … New books: Flashback, by Nevada Barr; Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Legacy, by Paul Hendrickson; Marvelous Old Mansions and Other Southern Treasures, by Sylvia Higginbotham; Reflections: Homes and History of Columbus, Mississippi, by Sylvia Higginbotham, photography by Mark Coffey
  • March 7, 2003:
  • Feb. 28, 2003: Retired historian helps plan national tributes … Revived Oprah book club to focus on classics … New article: John F. Marszalek … New books: The Briar King, by Greg Keyes; Revelers, by Beth Henley; Signature, by Beth Henley
  • Feb. 21, 2003: Clifton L. Taulbert visits Oxford … Key West festival honors Tennessee Williams … Call for Papers: Faulkner in the World … Mississippi writers nominated for Southeast Booksellers Association awards … New fan website on Charlaine Harris … New Books: The Undiscovered Country: The Later Plays of Tennessee Williams, edited by Philip C. Kolin; The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams, Volume 1: 1920-1945, edited by Albert J. Davlin and Nancy M. Tischler; The 16th Mississippi Infantry: Civil War Letters and Reminiscences, edited by Robert G. Evans; Lost Landmarks of Mississippi, by Mary Carol Miller
  • Feb. 14, 2003: Author Clifton L. Taulbert to speak Feb. 17 … New Article: Clifton L. Taulbert … The Journey Home: A Father’s Gift to His Son and Little Cliff and the Cold Place, by Clifton L. Taulbert; Separate, But Equal: The Mississippi Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson, by Henry Clay Anderson, with an essay by Clifton L. Taulbert; Jackpot Bay, by Martin Hegwood; Mississippi: An Illustrated History, updated edition, by Edward N. Akin and Charles C. Bolton
  • Feb. 7, 2003: To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian, by Stephen E. Ambrose; Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter, by Winson Hudson and Constance Curry; The King of Torts, by John Grisham
  • Jan. 31, 2003: Homesick: A Memoir, by Sela Ward; The Shadows of God, by J. Gregory Keyes; Three Plays by Beth Henley
  • Jan. 24, 2003: Tell Me: 30 Stories, by Mary Robison; Shifting Interludes: Selected Essays, by Willie Morris (edited by Jack Bales); One Writer’s Imagination: The Fiction of Eudora Welty, by Suzanne Marrs
  • Jan. 17, 2003: Oxford American relaunches publication … William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism, edited by Linda Wagner-Martin; In the Land of Dreamy Dreams, by Ellen Gilchrist; Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World, by Zig Ziglar
  • Jan. 10, 2003: Ole Miss professor wins NEA award … New article: Louisa Dixon … The Return of Gabriel, by John Armistead; No Second Eden: Poems, by Turner Cassity; Red Dragon: The Shooting Scripts, by Ted Tally and Thomas Harris; La Salle: A Perilous Journey from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, by Donald Johnson
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  • Dec. 6, 2002: Man accused of stealing Faulkner letters
  • Nov. 30, 2002:
  • Nov. 22, 2002: I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting with My Daddy: And Other Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist
  • Nov. 15, 2002: Visible Spirits, by Steve Yarbrough; Holt Collier: His Life, His Roosevelt Hunts, and the Origin of the Teddy Bear, by Minor Ferris Buchanan
  • Nov. 8, 2002: To America: Personal Reflections of a Historian, by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Nov. 1, 2002: New Donna Tartt novel hits bookstores … The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt
  • Oct. 25, 2002: Beth Henley’s mother stabbed to death … William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism, edited by Linda Wagner-Martin; In the Land of Dreamy Dreams, by Ellen Gilchrist; Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World, by Zig Ziglar
  • Oct. 18, 2002: Call for Papers: Proposed edited collection on Barry Hannah … The Return of Gabriel, by John Armistead; No Second Eden: Poems, by Turner Cassity; Red Dragon: The Shooting Scripts, by Ted Talley & Thomas Harris; La Salle: A Perilous Odyssey from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, by Donald Johnson
  • Oct. 11, 2002: Historian Stephen Ambrose dies at 66 … Clarksdale to host 10th annual Tennessee Williams Festival … Call for Papers: John Kennedy Toole … New articles: L. C. Dorsey, Donald G. Schueler … Preserving the Pascagoula, by Donald G. Schueler; The Spirit of Retirement: Creating a Life of Meaning and Personal Growth, by James A. Autry; On Writing, by Eudora Welty; Touring Literary Mississippi, by Patti Carr Black and Marion Barnwell
  • Oct. 4, 2002: New book tours literary Mississippi
  • Sep. 27, 2002: Integration anniversary draws many to University of Mississippi campus
  • Sep. 20, 2002:
  • Sep. 13, 2002: Myrlie Evers-Williams to help dedicate Ole Miss civil rights memorial … New articles: Myrlie Evers-Williams, Michael Johnston, Walter F. Pratt,Jr. … Absalom, Absalom! (reprint edition), by William Faulkner; In the Deep Heart’s Core, by Michael Johnston
  • Sep. 6, 2002: Professor brings blues into classroom … Latest issue of Yalobusha Review literary journal available … Barry Hannah one of 3 to receive Distinguished Faculty Fellowships
  • Aug. 30, 2002:
  • Aug. 23, 2002: Award-winning poets launch ‘Visiting Writers Series’ at Ole Miss Sept. 5
  • Aug. 16, 2002: CFP: ‘Faulkner and Ideology’ … CFP: ‘Hemingway, Faulkner, and the Great American Writer: The Sound and Fury of Competition’ … Faulkner and the Politics of Reading, by Karl Zender; The Heaven of Mercury, by Brad Watson; Back to Mississippi: A Personal Journey Through the Events that Changed America in 1964, by Mary Winstead
  • Aug. 9, 2002: CFP: ‘Faulkner and the Ecology of the South’… CFP: ‘Disclosing the Secret in Eudora Welty’s Fiction and Photography’ … CFP: ‘Sideshow Wonders: Carnivals, Parades, Pageants and Fairs in Eudora Welty’s Works’ … The Roadless Yaak: Reflections and Observations about One of Our Last Great Wilderness Areas, edited by Rick Bass; Last Scene Alive, by Charlaine Harris
  • Aug. 2, 2002: Grisham film to begin filming … Call for Papers: Delta Blues Symposium IX … The Hermit’s Story, by Rick Bass; Tyrus: An American Legend, by Patrick Creevy; Sleep No More, by Greg Iles
  • July 26, 2002: Oxford American magazine looking at move to Arkansas
  • July 19, 2002: Faulkner Conference opens Sunday in Oxford ... Rowan oak to open temporarily during Faulkner Conference, then close until Spring 2003 ... Tickets to folk opera ‘As I Lay Dying’ on sale to public ... Kate Freeman Clark art exhibition to run through September ... New Orleans Sketches, by William Faulkner, edited by Carvel Collins; Faulkner and Postmodernism, edited by John N. Duvall and Ann J. Abadie
  • July 12, 2002: Mississippi State University online resource highlights black Mississippi writers
  • July 5, 2002:
  • June 28, 2002: Berry Morgan dies at 83
  • June 21, 2002: Historian John Marszaleck best speaker kudos ... Tom Franklin finishes new novel ... New book touts math skills for journalists
  • June 14, 2002: Shay Youngblood new Grisham writer-in-residence ... July 1 deadlines for Welty exhibition, writing contest, Faulkner Conference discount
  • June 7, 2002:
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  • May 24, 2002:
  • May 17, 2002: Time running out for Oxford American ... Yazoo City celebrates Willie Morris ... The Transformation of the Southeastern Indians, 1540-1760, edited by Robbie Ethridge and Charles Hudson; Taps, by Willie Morris; Best of the Oxford American, edited by Marc Smirnoff and Rick Bragg
  • May 10, 2002: Faulkner C-SPAN program to re-air, be archived on Internet ... Month-by-Month Gardening in Mississippi, by Felder Rushing; Yonder Stands Your Orphan, by Barry Hannah
  • May 3, 2002: Faulkner work, home attract live C-SPAN broadcast May 5 ... Mississippi State University library to exhibit art, writings of Laurie Parker ... Providence, by Will D. Campbell; Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe, by David Herbert Donald; Faulkner at West Point, edited by Robert Paul Ashley and Joseph L. Fant; The Unvanquished, large print edition, by William Faulkner
  • April 19, 2002: PBS miniseries Frontier House ... William Ferris joins UNC faculty ... Medgar Evers papers donated to Mississippi ... Margaret-Love Denmam, Linda Peavy ... Frontier House, by Simon Shaw with Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith; Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process, by Margaret-Love Denmam and Barbara Shoup
  • April 5, 2002: Tennessee Williams exhibition ... Faulkner Conference details ... Tennessee Williams ‘Slapstick Tragedies’ April 18-20 ... Claire T. Feild, Charlaine Harris ... Mississippi Delta Woman in Prism, by Claire T. Feild; Living Dead in Dallas, by Charlaine Harris; The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams, ed. by David E. Roessel and Nicholas Rand Moschovakis; Light in August, by William Faulkner (Modern Library edition)
  • March 29, 2002: Welty house receives funds ... Book conference to celebrate Tennessee Williams, Grisham Writers-in-Residence ... Museum to exhibit Welty photographs alongside works by other artists ... Tennessee Williams and the South, by Kenneth Holditch and Richard Freeman Leavitt
  • March 15, 2002: Reception to honor Jere Hoar ... Faulkner newsletter ceases publication ... Saks Fellowships to help high school teachers attend Faulkner Conference ... Hattiesburg Writers Guild ... Laugh Track, by David Galef; The Peddler’s Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi, by Edward Cohen
  • March 8, 2002: Faulkner portrait donated ... How to read Faulkner ... Walt Grayson ... Faulkner A to Z, by A. Nicholas Fargnoli and Michael Golay; On William Hollingsworth , by Eudora Welty
  • March 1, 2002: Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference ... Will D. Campbell Online Exhibit ... Carolyn Haines ... Tishomingo Blues, by Elmore Leonard; Splintered Bones, by Carolyn Haines
  • Feb. 22, 2002: University Press, Bookfriends, to hold ‘Super Sale’ ... Katherine Sherwood Bonner ... A Sherwood Bonner Sampler, 1869-1884, by Sherwood Bonner ; Pompeii Man, by Paul Ruffin
  • Feb. 15, 2002: Larry Brown film to premiere ... Oxford Conference for the Book to focus on Tennessee Williams ... Jay Higginbotham ... A Multitude of Sins, by Richard Ford, Conversations with Richard Ford, edited by Huey Guagliardo
  • Feb. 8, 2002: Ole Miss center to compile Mississippi encyclopedia ... Faulkner American Writers C-SPAN program rescheduled ... John Grisham book signings at five regional independent bookstores ... Charles Reagan Wilson, Shannon Riley ... Hunting Season, by Nevada Barr
  • Feb. 1, 2002: Oxford American cuts back publication schedule ... Frank Trippett, Carl Burnham ... The Summons, by John Grisham
  • Jan. 25, 2002: Magnolia Independent Film Festival
  • Jan. 4, 2002: Jimmy Faulkner dead at 78 ... Stephen Ambrose plagiarism charges ... Civil rights monument at Ole Miss ... 2002 William Faulkner short fiction contest ... Faux Faulkner contest
  • Dec. 14, 2001: Mildred D. Taylor
  • Dec. 7, 2001: Rowan Oak to close for renovations ... Ellen Gilchrist ... Collected Stories, by Ellen Gilchrist
  • Nov. 30, 2001: Vicksburg auditions for The Robber Bridegroom ... Edward Cohen, Shirley Jean Johnson ... Christmas Stories from Mississippi, edited by Judy H. Tucker and Charlies R. McCord
  • Nov. 15, 2001: Gulf Coast literary contest ... Useless Virtues, by T. R. Hummer; Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham
  • Nov. 8, 2001: Charles Reagan Wilson honored ... William Raspberry
  • Nov. 1, 2001: 2002 Faulkner Conference CFP ... William Raspberry, Patrick D. Smith, John A. Williams ... An American Insurrection, by William Doyle

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