Founded by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books, the Oxford Conference for the Book brings together fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, artists, poets, publishers, teachers, students, and literacy advocates for three days of conversation in the literary town of Oxford, Mississippi. This is the longest-running event put on by the Center and is always free and open to the public, and takes place in the spring.
Due to COVID-19, the 27th Oxford Conference for the Book took place virtually and all sessions are available here. They include the Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing Awards ceremony, a session about the next 50 years of the University Press of Mississippi, a conversation with Catherine Coleman Flowers and Catarina Passidomo, friends old and new in a poetry session with Beth Ann Fennelly, and a tribute to Randall Kenan, who has been involved in past conferences. Square Books sessions include author Angie Thomas in conversation with Kiese Laymon, Angus Fletcher discussing his book “Wonderworks” with poet Maggie Smith, and Lee Durkee in conversation with Tin House publisher Craig Popelars.
Please visit the Oxford Conference for the Book website to learn more about the 2021 conference or what we have planned for the upcoming year.