Wednesday, July 6, 2022

John Cofield Draws Packed Crowd for Book Signing

Photo by Walter Lyle

Photo by Walter Lyle

This story has been updated with additional photos.
Oxford folk historian John Cofield, scion of one of Oxford’s most storied families, drew a large crowd at The Chancellor’s House as he unveiled his new book, “Oxford, Mississippi: The Cofield Collection.”
Many people lined up patiently to get their book signed by John Cofield. Photo by Walter Lyle

Cofield is the son of the renowned University of Mississippi photographer, Jack Cofield, and grandson of J.R. “Colonel” Cofield, who was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and the photographer for the Ole Miss yearbook for many years. John draws in thousands of people through his Facebook posts, which feature historical and modern photos of Oxford.
John Cofield with his brother, Glenn Cofield, publisher of the book, and Square Books owner Richard Howorth. (Photo by Ed Meek)

“I thought Facebook was just for baby pictures and recipes,” Cofield told the crowd at the event. “I never thought it would become what it has.”
Dozens of people showed up to not only get their book signed, but to also shake John’s hand, take a picture with him, or even to introduce themselves after viewing his Facebook posts the past few years.

Allen Boyer,’s book editor, praised “Oxford, Mississippi: The Cofield Collection” as a “notable achievement.” Boyer wrote, “In the memories that Cofield presents, just as in the composition of a photograph, there is for every image a perspective.”
“It’s just a fabulous book,” Square Books owner Richard Howorth said. “Everybody’s so happy about it. And there are so many old Oxford people here, it’s like a reunion.”
The author gets a kiss from Kaye Hooker Bryant at the book signing on Monday. (Photo by Walter Lyle)

Kaye Hooker Bryant speaks to the group assembled at The Chancellor’s House.

Photo by Ed Meek

Photo by Walter Lyle

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