Friday, October 7, 2022

Oxford Conference for the Book Brings 30-Plus Writers, Poets and More to Ole Miss

Overby Center is hosting three panels today.
Overby Center is hosting three panels today.

The 23rd annual Oxford Conference for the Book is well underway this week in the city as numerous conferences pop up at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, J.D. Williams Library and the University of Mississippi Museum as well as the Square.

The conference panels explores a diverse scope of topics from Mississippi history to culinary history of the pig to Hurricane Katrina crisis to discussing the youth, activism and life in the Mountain South.

This morning at 9:30 a.m., “Trampoline” author Robert Gipe and University of Mississippi professors Jessica Wilkerson and Catarina Passidomo discussed the Mountain South at the Overby Center.

"Trampoline" author Robert Gipe discusses at the 9:30 a.m. panel.
“Trampoline” author Robert Gipe discusses at the 9:30 a.m. panel.

The Ole Miss students seized these rare educational opportunities as evidenced by a large turnout this morning at the Overby Center as the students listened attentively to these three panelists discuss the Mountain South.

The Oxford Conference for the Book has 12 panels planned and brought 34 writers, poets, professors to name a few who are involved in the Southern literary scene.

Now into its second day, the event has two more panels: “Readings and Conversations” at 1:30 p.m. with “Be Frank with Me” author Julia Claiborne Johnson and “Flight of Dreams” author Ariel Lawhon at the Overby Center; “Of Rivers: Photography by Young Suh, Poetry edited by Chiyuma Elliott and Katie Peterson” at 3:30 p.m. with Derrick Harriel and Jericho Brown also co-hosting at the University of Mississippi Museum.

Ole Miss students listen attentively to the three panelists this morning.
Ole Miss students listen attentively to the three panelists this morning.

There is the artists’ reception at 4:30 p.m. at the UM Museum with the Thacker Mountain Radio continuing the insightful literary discussions with Julia Claiborne Johnson and Ariel Lawhon at 6:00 p.m.

Today’s featured authors will be on the Square to sign books at 7:00 p.m.

Visit http://oxfordconferenceforthebook.com to see the schedule for Friday, March 4 – the last day for this event.

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