The Oxford Conference for the Book will not take place on April 1-3, 2020 due to concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The conference is the longest-running event produced by the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

“We are disappointed that we had to cancel the conference, but the health and safety of our panelists and attendees is our top priority,” said Jimmy Thomas, conference director.

Effective immediately, all university-sponsored non-athletics events and large on- and off-campus gatherings, including events sponsored by any registered student organizations, will be canceled or postponed until further notice. Beginning March 23, UM will hold all classes and related coursework online or via methods other than in-person, on-campus instruction.

Go here for more information about the university’s action.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 Oxford Conference for the Book.





On-campus lodging is available at the Inn at Ole Miss, which offers special conference rates ($109/standard, $129/deluxe). Lodging in and near Oxford is available, and phone numbers are listed below.

  • The Inn at Ole Miss: 662-234-2331
  • The Graduate: 662-234-3031
  • Hampton Inn/Conference Center: 662-234-5565
  • Hampton Inn Oxford West: 662-232-2442
  • Towne Place Suites: 662-238-3522
  • Holiday Inn Express: 662-236-2500
  • Super 8 Motel: 662-234-7013
  • Quality Inn and Suites: 662- 234-6000
  • University Inn: 662-234-9500


For more ideas, see the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau for a list of area hotels.


Visiting Oxford

Complete guide from the Visit Oxford, MS Tourism Office.


Guests traveling by air to the Oxford Conference for the Book should book flights to the Memphis International Airport (MEM) . A variety of national rental car services are available at the airport, or guests may elect to hire shuttle service through the Office of Outreach at the University of MississippiContact Outreach at or 662-915-5132. Taxis are available in the town of Oxford, and some companies can arrange special airport pickups.

The drive from Memphis to Oxford is approximately 68 miles. A map from the airport to the Overby Center on the University of Mississippi campus (where most Conference events take place) can be found here.

Parking at the Conference

Parking passes are necessary for visitors on the UM campus, and parking is only allowed in designated lots. The closest visitor parking to conference sites is on University Avenue, along the Grove and near the Lyceum on the University Circle. Guests may purchase their own passes for $3/day at the Welcome Center on University Avenue, adjacent to the Grove, upon arrival at the conference each day.

Please click here to view the UM Parking Office’s info page for visitors.