The Oxford Conference for the Book

The 2016 Oxford Conference for the Book will take place Wednesday, March 2 – Friday, March 4.

The 23rd Annual Oxford Conference for the Book is set for March 2-4, to bring together fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, and students for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops, and social events that celebrate the written word.

Programs include sessions on Southern foodways, Appalachian studies, poetry, creative nonfiction, Mississippi and Southern history, gender studies, and biography, among other topics. OCB partner Square Books will host several sessions of author readings and conversations.

Those already scheduled to appear at the conference include Margaret McMullen, Minion K. C. Morrison, Dennis Mitchell, poets Richard Katrovas, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Caki Wilkinson, Jericho Brown, Katie Peterson, Beth Ann Fennelly, Derrick Harriell, Robert Gipe, Mark Essig; and Pulitzer Prize winners Sheri Fink and Edward Larson.

The slate of speakers is not yet complete. The complete program will soon be posted.

The conference is open to the public without charge, but reservations and advance payment are required for the opening night gala dinner/cocktail reception on the evening of March 2 ($50).


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

To sign up for social events, go here: