The Oxford Conference for the Book

The Twenty-Fourth Oxford Conference for the Book will take place Wednesday,    March 29 – Friday, March 31, 2017. Keep an eye on the conference website and our Facebook page for updates on authors and events.

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


The Twenty-Third Oxford Conference for the Book brought 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.

Conference panels explored a wide range of topics, including Mississippi history; childhood in the South; memoir writing; youth, activism, and life in the Mountain South; poetic responses to Langston Hughes; a cultural and culinary history of the pig; Harper Lee’s novels, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman; the Hurricane Katrina crisis; and America’s continuing debate over science and religion.

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Those who participated in the conference included Rick Bass, Margaret McMullan, Bobbie Ann Mason, Minion K. C. Morrison, Dennis J. Mitchell, Richard Katrovas, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Caki Wilkinson, Jericho Brown, Katie Peterson, Beth Ann Fennelly, Chiyuma Elliott, Derrick Harriell, Taylor Brown, Kiese Laymon, LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Vereen Bell, Joseph Crespino, Robert Gipe, Vereen Bell, Mark Essig, Young Suh, Matthew Griffin, Julia Claiborne Johnson, Ariel Lawhon, Sheri Fink, and Edward J. Larson.

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

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