The Oxford Conference for the Book

The 2015 Oxford Conference for the Book is planned for Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, March 27.

In its 22nd year, the Conference 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.

Graham_FieldsWatered.inddThe 2015 Conference celebrates books, reading, and significant contributions made to American letters by Mississippi writer Margaret Walker. Maryemma Graham, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kansas, will give the keynote lecture on Walker, and a panel of Walker scholars, including Graham, Robby Luckett, Carolyn J. Brown, and Jerry W. Ward, will follow.

Conference panels will explore a range of topics, including sports and race, writing with pictures, writing for television, heritage foods and foodways of the South, 21st-century American wars, and the life of Elvis Presley.

Square Books will present several sessions of readings by both well-known and up-and-coming writers currently on book tour. This year’s writers include National Book Award–winner Phil Klay, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Kent Russell, Curtis Wilkie, David Maraniss, Andrew Maraniss, Jody Hill, Kyle Veazey, Jack Pendarvis, Kent Osborne, Seo Kim, Natasha Allegri, Chiyuma Elliot, Geffrey Davis, Douglas Brown, Caroline Randall Williams, John Renehan, Beth Ann Fennelly, Chelsea Wagenaar, Mark Wagenaar, Barbara Ras, David Shields, Sean Brock, David Simon, Tim Johnston, David Vann, Skip Horack, Susan Ferber, Peter Guralnick, Preston Lauterbach, and Ted Ownby.

Thacker Mountain Radio will have a special OCB show at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Kent Russell, David Vann, and Preston Lauterbach will all appear on the show.

Presented by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and Square Books.

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The 2015 schedule is available here.