Main Schedule

The 2017 Conference will be Wednesday, March 29, through Friday, March 31. We will continually update this schedule. Dates and times are tentative.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017

11:00 a.m.   Welcome Lunch at Archives and Special Collections
Welcome by Cecilia Botero, Dean of University Libraries, and
Jennifer Ford, head of Archives and Special Collections
Hosted by the Friends of the Library
Archives and Special Collections in J. D. Williams Library, UM campus

11:30 a.m.   “Faulkner at Random: Building a House, Building a Brand”
Jay Satterfield, author of “The World’s Best Books”: Taste, Culture, and the
Modern  Library

Archives and Special Collections in J. D. Williams Library, UM campus

1:15 p.m.   “Working with an Editor”
George Gibson, executive director at Grove Atlantic
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

2:30 p.m.   “Conservation Conversations: Creativity in Nature Writing”
Ann Fisher-Wirth, moderator, Aimee Nezhukumatathil and J. Drew Lanham
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

5:00 p.m.   Reading and Conversation
Peter Heller, author of Celine and The Dog Stars
Off Square Books on the Oxford Square

6:30 p.m.   Big Bad Book Conference Authors Party
Proceeds benefiting the Oxford Conference for the Book
Food by John Currence, author of Pickles, Pigs, & Whiskey: Recipes from My
Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some
and Big Bad Breakfast: The Most
Important Book of the Day
Barksdale-Isom House
(Advance Ticket Required)

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

9:30 a.m.   Remembering Harry Crews, Chronicler of the Roughneck South
Ted Geltner, Blood, Bone, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews, and
Tom Thurman, Harry Crews: Guilty as Charged
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

11:00 a.m.   The Radical South: Southern Activism, Past and Present
“Diving off Bridges: The Radicalism of Disclosure in the Narration of
Activism”
Sharon Monteith, University of Nottingham
Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m.   The Artist’s Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark
Welcome by Robert Saarnio
Carolyn Brown in conversation with Annette Trefzer, James G. Thomas, Jr.,
and Beth Batton
University of Mississippi Museum

2:30 p.m.   Book Signing Reception
Sponsored by the University Museum
University of Mississippi Museum

4:00 p.m.   Poetry Session
Beth Ann Fennelly, Carolyn Hembree (Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine
and Other Ways to Escape a Plague
), Alison Pelegrin (Water Lines), and
Rodney Jones (Village Prodigies)
Southside Gallery on the Oxford Square

6:00 p.m.   Thacker Mountain Radio
Off Square Books

8:00 p.m.   Harry Crews: Guilty as Charged
Film screening, with comments by filmmaker, Tom Thurman
Lamar Hall on the University of Mississippi Campus, Room 129

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

9:00 a.m.   Lisa Lucas, Executive Director, National Book Foundation, Presenter of the
National Book Awards
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

10:30 a.m.   Southern Foodways Alliance Presents
A Conversation with Toni Tipton-Martin, author of The Jemima Code: Two
Centuries of African American Cookbooks

Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

12:00 p.m.   Poetry Talk and Lunch (advance registration appreciated)
Alison Pelegrin, speaker/poet
Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library
Sponsored by the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library

1:30 p.m.   Editor/Author Session
Lee Boudreaux, editorial director of Little, Brown, and Michael Farris Smith,
author of Rivers and Desperation Road
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

2:45 p.m.   Reading and Conversation
Beth Macy, author of Truevine
Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

4:00 p.m.   A Conversation with Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, and
Corey Ryan Forrester, authors of The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin’ Dixie
Outta the Dark

Lafayette County Courthouse on the Oxford Square

5:00 p.m.   Hari Kunzru (White Tears) in Conversation with David Shirley (A History of
Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Community Reclaimed and Transformed New York
City’s Waterfront
)
Off Square Books on the Oxford Square

6:00 p.m.   Closing Reception and Book Signing
Off Square Books on the Oxford Square

8:00 p.m.   wellRED Comedy Tour
Trae “The Liberal Redneck” Crowder, Corey Forrester, and Drew Morgan
Lyric Theatre on the Oxford Square
Book signing and meet-and-greet to follow performance
(Ticket Required)