Main Schedule

Check back for the 2015 Schedule in late fall of 2014. The Conference will be March 25-27.

2014 Schedule

For a map of conference sites, click here.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26
11:30 a.m. Welcome Lunch hosted by the University of Mississippi Library
Archives and Special Collections, 3rd Floor of J. D. Williams Library

Noon Talking and Reading the Blues, Opening Talk, Greg Johnson and Derrick Harriell
Archives and Special Collections, 3rd Floor of J. D. Williams Library

1:30 p.m.   Fiction, Memory, and Southern History
Ted Ownby, moderator
Jonathan O’Dell, Bill Cheng, Françoise Hamlin
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

3:00 p.m. Journalism Books Forum
Curtis Wilkie, moderator
Denise Kiernan, H. Brandt Ayers, Ben Bradlee, Jr.
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

4:30 p.m. Square Books Session #1
Followed by book signing for the day’s authors
Kiese Laymon, speaker
Off Square Books

6:30 p.m.   Opening Reception (advance registration required: click here for more information and to purchase tickets)
Barksdale-Isom Place

THURSDAY, MARCH 27
9:00 a.m.    Young Authors Fair: 1st Grade
Drew Daywalt, The Day the Crayons Quit
Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts
*This program is for area schoolchildren but conference-goers are
welcome to attend.

10:30 a.m. Pictures and Pages: A Documentary Photography Conversation
David Wharton, moderator
Maude Schuyler Clay, George Thompson, Tom Rankin, Deborah Luster,
David Skolkin
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

10:30 a.m.  Young Authors Fair: 5th Grade
Obert Skye, Wonkenstein
Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts
*This program is for area schoolchildren but conference-goers are
welcome to attend.

1:00 p.m. Poetry Readings and Conversation
Beth Ann Fennelly, moderator
Tess Taylor, Steve Scafidi, and Kevin Young
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

2:15 p.m. Hybrid Forms
Jack Pendarvis, moderator
Aurelie Sheehan, Luke Geddes, Michael Garriga
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

3:30 p.m. Square Books Session #2: An Editor and Author Conversation
Deborah Johnson and Amy Einhorn
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

5:00 p.m. Doors open for Square Books pop-up shop and book signing
with Thursday authors
The Lyric Theater on the Oxford Square

6:00 p.m. Thacker Mountain Radio
Featuring writers Kevin Young and Michael Garriga, and musical guests The Eisenhaur Band and Yotam Haber
The Lyric Theater on the Oxford Square

9:00 p.m. Southern Literary Festival Open Mike
The Oxford Depot (located behind the Ford Center for Performing
Arts on campus)

FRIDAY, MARCH 28
9:00 a.m. Lafayette County Literacy Council Forum: Adult and Family Literacy
Kevin Dean, Elizabeth Triplett, Liz Brown
Nancy Opalko, moderator
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

10:30 a.m.     Hellhounds, Crossroads, and a Bluesman’s Women: Robert Johnson in
Story and Song
Adam Gussow, moderator
Snowden Wright, Ace Atkins, Fruteland Jackson
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

Noon           Poetry Talk and Lunch (advance registration required)
Tess Taylor, poet
Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library

1:30 p.m.      Square Books Session #3: Reading and Conversation
Susan Minot and Amy Greene
*NOTE: Lorrie Moore was originally scheduled to participate in this session, but she had to cancel her appearance.
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

2:45 p.m.     Dissecting a Bestseller: Robert St. John author, Wyatt Waters artist, John Langston designer, and The Making of An Italian Palate
William Dunlap, moderator
Wyatt Waters, Robert St. John, John Langston
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

4:00 p.m. When Harriet the Spy Grew Up: Feminism and the Second Golden Age of
American Crime Fiction
Laura Lippman, speaker
This is a keynote presented in partnership with the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies as part of the 14th Annual Isom Student Gender Conference
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

6:15 p.m. Southern Literary Festival Keynote
Megan Abbott, speaker
Ballroom at the Inn at Ole Miss

7:15 p.m. Closing Reception and Book Signing
Off Square Books

9:00 p.m. Southern Literary Festival Celebration of North Mississippi
Hill Country Music
Sharde Thomas and the Rising Stars Fife & Drum Band
Duwayne Burnside
Reverend John Wilkins
The Powerhouse, 413 South 14th Street