Main Schedule

Check back for the 2015 Schedule in late fall of 2014. The Conference will be Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, March 27.

2015 Schedule

For a map of conference sites, click here.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

9:00 a.m. The OCB Children’s Book Festival: 1st Grade
Adam Rubin, author of Those Darn Squirrels
Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts
*This program is for area schoolchildren, but conference-goers are welcome to attend.

10:30 a.m. The OCB Children’s Book Festival: 5th Grade
Sheila Turnage, author of Three Times Lucky
Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts
*This program is for area schoolchildren, but conference-goers are welcome to attend.

12:00 noon Welcome Lunch
Hosted by the University of Mississippi Library Archives
and Special Collections

Welcome by James Thomas; Richard Forgette, Dean of Liberal Arts; and Jennifer Ford, Head of Archives and Special Collections
3rd Floor of J. D. Williams Library

Margaret Walker Exhibition
Archives and Special Collections
3rd Floor of J. D. Williams Library

1:30 p.m. Margaret Walker Speaker
Maryemma Graham
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

Comments and Reflections
Robby Luckett, Moderator, Carolyn J. Brown, Jerry W. Ward
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

3:30 p.m. History, Justice, War, Peace, and Place
Rebecca Solnit, author of The Encyclopedia of Trouble and                                         Spaciousness
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

5:00 p.m. Square Books Session #1
Signing and Reading
Kent Russell, author of I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son
Off Square Books

6:30 p.m. Opening Reception
Barksdale-Isom Place
(Requires Purchased Ticket)

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

9:00 a.m. Readings and Conversation
Curtis Wilkie, Moderator
Panelists TBA
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

9:30 a.m. Poetry Workshop

11:30 a.m. Geffrey Davis and Douglas Brown
Lamar Hall Conference Room
(Free Event, Advance Registration Required, 30 Seats Available)

10:30 a.m. Writing with Pictures
Jack Pendarvis, moderator
Kent Osborne, Seo Kim, and Natasha Allegri
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

12:00 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m. Cave Canem: Poetry Readings and Conversation
Chiyuma Elliot, moderator
Geffrey Davis, Douglas Brown, and Caroline Randall Williams
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

3:00 p.m. Square Books Session #2
Reading and Conversation
Phil Klay and John Renehan
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 and musical guests
The Lyric Theater on the Oxford Square                      

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

“But above all, the courthouse: the center, the focus, the hub; sitting looming in the center of the county’s circumference like a single cloud in its ring of horizon…”—William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

9:00 a.m. Poetry Readings and Conversation
Beth Ann Fennelly, moderator
Chelsea Wagenaar, Richard Katrovas, and Barbara Ras
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

10:30 a.m. Southern Foodways Alliance Session
John T. Edge
David Shields and Sean Brock
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

12:00 p.m. Poetry Talk and Lunch
Barbara Ras
Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library
Sponsored by the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library
(Advance Registration Required)

1:15 p.m. David Simon, Creator of The Wire and Tremé
Introduction by Brandi Hephner LaBanc, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Presented in partnership with the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies as part of the 15th Annual Isom Student Gender Conference
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

2:30 p.m. Square Books Session #3
Reading and Conversation
Tim Johnston and David Vann
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

3:45 p.m. Joel Williamson’s Elvis Presley: A Southern Life
Susan Feber, moderator
Peter Guralnick and Ted Ownby

5:00 p.m. Closing Reception and Book Signing
Off Square Books