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Free “Desperation Road” Screening Set for Oct. 13

Join author Michael Farris Smith at the Powerhouse in Oxford on Friday, October 13 for an evening of cinema featuring the film adaptation of his book “Desperation Road.” Smith’s novel was named Indie Next, honored on numerous Best Books lists, and will be his second feature-film adaptation but the first to release. The Southern noir thriller is set in a tough-and-tumble Mississippi town where a young woman and her daughter are caught in the crossfire where whiskey, guns, and revenge violently intersect. Starring Mel Gibson, Garrett Hedlund, and Willa Fitzgerald, the film was made in the South and we are honored to celebrate it first in Smith’s hometown.
A conversation with the author precedes the screening at 7:30 p.m. The event is made possible by the Oxford Conference for the Book, the Oxford Film Festival, Square Books, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.
This screening is free and open to the public but with limited capacity. Reserve a seat to gain access to the screening pre-party with hors d’oeuvres provided by the Oxford Conference for the Book and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and cocktails sponsored Cathead Vodka.
Square Books will have books available on site for purchase and signing by Michael Farris Smith before the screening.
6:30 p.m. Author’s Pre-party
7:00 p.m. Book Signing
7:30 p.m. Screening with Q&A
Free event but due to limited seating reservations are required at