We have begun
taking orders for signed copies of a number of books coming later this
year. Susan Minot and Lorrie Moore, both of whom have grown steadily
into the status of contemporary great American writers, will be here for
the Oxford Conference for the Book, March 26 - 28. Bark is
the title of Lorrie Moore's new book, the first book of stories in 15
years by this writer who, upon the announcement of Alice Munro's
retirement from writing, was said to be assuming the mantle of our
greatest short story writer. Susan Minot's new book, Thirty Girls, is a brilliant novel based on the true story of the abduction of girls from a Ugandan convent, and her first book in ten years.
have lost count of the number of times over the past few years that we
have been asked, "When is Greg Iles' new book coming?" Natchez Burning
(800 pages and the first of a trilogy!) will be out April 29
, and Greg Iles will be at Square Books the next day, April 30.
And we can't wait. You can pre-order now from our site or from his http://www.gregiles.com/
-- where he has included Square Books and Lemuria among the likes of Amazon, an example we wish more authors would follow.
Many familiar characters from the stories of Ellen Gilchrist return to print in her book to be published in April by Algonquin, Acts of God
in which "the South is alive and vibrant," according to Publishers
Weekly. The new book features eleven new stories by the National Book
Award winner for Victory Over Japan
. Ellen Gilchrist will return to Square Books for an event April 28
, two days prior to Greg Iles' visit.
Finally, we continue to get questions about the forthcoming novel by a certain local writer. Lisa Howorth's first novel, Flying Shoes
, will be out June 17
and the book party (and a party it will be) for her at Square Books is
on the same date. The story is told by Mary Byrd Thornton, and,
according to Bobbie Ann Mason, "It is a scream - also heartbreaking, saucy, sassy, poignant, and triumphant. Mary Byrd is a bold, kooky, quirky character I won't forget." And we agree with Ann Patchett, who said, "Those of us who have waited a long time for this book celebrate its arrival.”