The Oxford Conference for the Book will not take place on April 1-3, 2020 due to concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The conference is the longest-running event produced by the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

“We are disappointed that we had to cancel the conference, but the health and safety of our panelists and attendees is our top priority,” said Jimmy Thomas, conference director.

The Children’s Book Festival, which was set for March 27, is also canceled but hopes to reschedule for sometime this summer. Additionally, all Center events scheduled for March are postponed.

Effective immediately, all university-sponsored non-athletics events and large on- and off-campus gatherings, including events sponsored by any registered student organizations, will be canceled or postponed until further notice. Beginning March 23, UM will hold all classes and related coursework online or via methods other than in-person, on-campus instruction.

Go here for more information about the university’s action.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 Oxford Conference for the Book.