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Monday, August 14, 2017 – 5:00pm

A book of haiku and other poems by a poet based on Memphis, Tennessee. His poetry springs from wide-ranging experience connected with his family history and with local Southern cultures in Mississippi and West Tennessee. His poetry sparkles with life, deep-
rooted as it is in the soil of the Mid-South.
“Billy Reed is a salty saint, sprinkling light on dark
paths in a laser-speared poetry that invites us all to
dance, laugh, and pray. It will bless you if you let it.” –John Kilzer, Ph.D.
About the Author
Billy Reed is a poet who lives in Midtown Memphis, Tennessee. Billy has spent his entire life living in Western Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta. He began writing stories and poems as a boy and continues that practice in the present. His favorite form for the
past twenty years is haiku. Also, he writes longer poems. Billy’s work, until now, has been stored in files and boxes in his home; over the past five years, he has posted a “daily” poem to his Facebook page and has engaged regular readers among his
Facebook friends, including those across the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, and Ireland.
Messages to Lelia: Haiku, Short Poems, and Longer Poems
By Billy Reed
ISBN: 9781544191478
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform – March 31st, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – 5:00pm

After a construction worker unearths a human skull on the campus of the University of Mississippi dating to the 1960s, an older woman’s desperate attempt to erase history counts down the five ways to die in the thriller The Five Manners of
Death. The woman is the niece of Dr. Diana Bratton, a surgeon surrounded by bodies after the discovery of her Aunt Phoebe’s 50-year-old note detailing the manners of death.
Suicide, accident, natural causes, and one death classified undetermined are soon crossed off this list—leaving Diana to believe that only homicide remains. Yet the police prove her
wrong. Murder is Diana’s family secret.
About the Author
Darden North’s mystery and thriller novels have been awarded nationally, most notably an IPPY in Southern Fiction for Points of Origin. Darden has served on author panels at
writing conferences including Killer Nashville, Murder on the Menu, SIBA Thriller Author Panel, and Murder in the Magic City. A board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist practicing at Jackson Healthcare for Women in Flowood, Mississippi, Darden North is Chairman of the Board of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Mississippi Medical Association.
The 5 Manners of Death (Hardcover)
By Darden North
ISBN: 9780998395999
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Wordcrafts, LLC – June 15th, 2017

Mark Bowden with HUE 1968
Thursday, August 17, 2017 – 5:00pm

The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. The lynchpin of Tet was the capture of Hue, Vietnam’s intellectual and cultural capital, by 10,000 National Liberation Front troops who descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. Within hours the entire city was in their hands save for two small military outposts. American commanders refused to believe the size and scope of the Front’s presence, ordering small companies of marines against thousands of entrenched enemy troops. After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II.
With unprecedented access to war archives in the U.S. and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple viewpoints. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment.

About the Author

Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and other magazines. He is also the writer in residence at the University of Delaware. His most recent book is The Three Battles of Wanat: And Other True Stories.

 Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
By Mark Bowden
ISBN: 9780802127006
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press – June 6th, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 5:00pm

 At seventy-two, Johnny Ribkins shouldn’t have such problems: He’s got one week to come up with the money he stole from his mobster boss or it’s curtains. What may or may not be useful to Johnny as he flees is that he comes from an African-American family that has been gifted with super powers that are a bit, well, odd. Okay, very odd. For example, Johnny’s father could see colors no one else could see. His brother could scale perfectly flat walls. His cousin belches fire. And Johnny himself can make precise maps of any space you name, whether he’s been there or not. In the old days, the Ribkins family tried to apply their gifts to the civil rights effort, calling themselves The Justice Committee. But when their, eh, superpowers proved insufficient, the group fell apart. Out of frustration Johnny and his brother used their talents to stage a series of burglaries, each more daring than the last. Fast forward a couple decades and Johnny’s on a race against the clock to dig up loot he’s stashed all over Florida. His brother is gone, but he has an unexpected sidekick: his brother’s daughter, Eloise, who has a special superpower of her own. Inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois’s famous essay “The Talented Tenth” and fuelled by Ladee Hubbard’s marvelously original imagination, The Talented Ribkins is a big-hearted debut novel about race, class, politics, and the unique gifts that, while they may cause some problems from time to time, bind a family together. 

About the Author

Laddee Hubbard is the winner of the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for the Short Story. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Talented Ribkins is her first novel.
The Talented Ribkins (Hardcover)
By Ladee Hubbard
ISBN: 9781612196367
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Melville House Publishing – August 8th, 2017
Publicity: Julia Fleischaker

Saturday, August 26, 2017 – 9:00am to Monday, August 28, 2017 – 9:00pmIn celebration of the vital importance of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which prohibits, among other things, “the making of any law abridging the freedom of speech” or “infringing upon the freedom of the press,” Square Books will offer our customers a 7% discount on book purchases all weekend, starting on August 26th through August 28th.
The discount effectively nullifies the amount of sales tax for customers, as
Square Books is still required to collect and pay that tax. This promotion celebrates the great traditions of free expression and free press in our nation and the rich tradition of Mississippi’s literature. It occurs on the same weekend that the State Legislature grants a
sales tax holiday to anyone in Mississippi purchasing guns, a Second Amendment tax holiday initiated in Governor Phil Bryant’s first term. We encourage the Mississippi legislature to one day initiate a similar holiday for the sale of books.The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts about It (Paperback)
By Terry L. Jordan
ISBN: 9781891743153
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oak Hill Publishing Company – June 2012 

Anne Gisleson with THE FUTILITARIANS
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 5:00pm
A memoir of friendship and literature chronicling a search for meaning and comfort in great books, and a beautiful path out of grief Anne Gisleson had lost her twin sisters, had been forced to flee her home during Hurricane Katrina, and had witnessed cancer take her beloved father. Before she met her husband, Brad, he had suffered his own trauma, losing his partner and the mother of his son to cancer in her young thirties. “How do we keep moving forward,” Anne asks, “amid all this loss and threat?” The answer: “We do it together.” Anne and Brad, in the midst of forging their happiness, found that their friends had been suffering their own losses and crises as well: loved ones gone, rocky marriages, tricky childrearing, jobs lost or gained, financial insecurities or unexpected windfalls. Together these resilient New Orleanians formed what they called the Existential Crisis Reading Group, jokingly dubbed “The Futilitarians.” From Epicurus to Tolstoy, from Cheever to Amis to Lispector, each month they read and talked about identity, parenting, love, mortality, and life in post-Katrina New Orleans, gatherings that increasingly fortified Anne and helped her blaze a trail out of her well-worn grief. Written with wisdom, soul, and a playful sense of humor, The Futilitarians is a guide to living curiously and fully, and a testament to the way that even from the toughest soil of sorrow, beauty and wonder can bloom. 

About the Author

Anne Gisleson’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Oxford American, The Believer, Ecotone, The Los Angeles Times, and has been selected for inclusion in several anthologies, including Best American Non-Required Reading. For years, Anne was chair of the Creative Writing Program at the internationally-renowned New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 2005, she co-founded Antenna in New Orleans, where she lives.

The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading (Hardcover)
By Anne Gisleson
ISBN: 9780316393904
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company – August 22nd, 2017
Publicity: Lena Little

Catherine Lacey with THE ANSWERS

Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 6:00pm
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An urgent, propulsive novel about a woman learning to negotiate her ailment and its various aftereffects via the simulacrum of a perfect romantic relationship
In Catherine Lacey’s ambitious second novel we are introduced to Mary, a young woman living in New York City and struggling to cope with a body that has betrayed her. All but paralyzed with pain, Mary seeks relief from a New Agey treatment called Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia, PAKing for short. And, remarkably, it works. But PAKing is prohibitively expensive and Mary is dead broke. So she scours Craigslist for fast-cash jobs and finds herself applying for the Girlfriend Experiment, the brainchild of an eccentric and narcissistic actor, Kurt Sky, who is determined to find the perfect relationship even if that means paying different women to fulfill distinctive roles. Mary is hired as the Emotional Girlfriend certainly better than the Anger Girlfriend or the Maternal Girlfriend and is pulled into Kurt’s ego-driven and messy attempt at human connection.
Told in her signature spiraling prose, The Answers is full of the singular yet universal insights readers have come to expect from Lacey. It is a gorgeous hybrid of the plot- and the idea-driven novel that will leave you reeling.

About the Author

Catherine Lacey is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing, winner of a 2016 Whiting Award and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and The Answers. In 201, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. Her essays and fiction have been published widely and translated into Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish, and German. Born in Mississippi, she is now based in Chicago.

The Answers (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780374100261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux – June 6th, 2017
Publicity: Brian Gittis

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