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George Saunders in Jackson

The critically-acclaimed writer, George Saunders, visited Lemuria on January 23, 2013. He read a short …

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2019 Mississippi Book Festival

This year’s Mississippi Book Festival was on and around the grounds of the Mississippi State …

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Katy Simpson Smith on ‘The Everlasting’

Jackson native Katy Simpson Smith's third novel "The Everlasting" is, at its core, a centuries-long story of love and equality. Four distinct characters, separated by time, find themselves in precarious …

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Transforming Ourselves During Times of Crisis

Erica Quinn Thompson, co-founder of the Magnolia Medical Foundation, released a daily devotional titled "The Transforming: 31 Days of Process for Purpose" in January to help others navigate circumstances over …

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Privilege and the High Cost of Being a ‘Fortunate One’

In a narrative that smacks of privilege while also reckoning with its insidiousness, Ed Tarkington spins a southern yarn about manhood, family and desire in his latest book, "The Fortunate …

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‘Brown Money’ Introduces Black Children to Economics and Potential Careers

"Brown Money," Warn Wilson Jr.'s first children's book, is his first attempt to share information with young people about careers in STEM areas—science, technology, engineering and math.

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A Mother’s Advice: Irma Mae Rogers on ‘Mother Wit’

Irma Mae Rogers became a mother at the age of 15, and she shares the lessons she learned along her journey (many of them the hard way) in her book …

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Two Sisters, Redemption and Regret: ‘The Gravedigger’s Guild’

Susan Farris' debut novel, cleverly set over a period of three days, allows readers to witness the deaths and subsequent resurrections of the long-diseased relationships in the Matins family, which …

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An Examination of ‘The Last Soul Company: The Malaco Records Story’

Malaco Records's success was synonymous with the success of its Black artists, who pioneered the stylings and sounds that helped the label stay afloat even during the rocky years when …

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UPDATED: In-Person Mississippi Book Festival Cancelled, Tentative Virtual Watchlist

The annual Mississippi Book Festival features panel discussions, book signings and sales, food trucks and more.

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What Makes a Man: Alfred Nicols Rethinks a Southern Man’s Duty in ‘Lost Love’s Return’

In Mississippi author Alfred Nicols’s “Lost Love’s Return,” the return is all the sweeter for the loss, as Nicols spins a tale of World War I sweethearts separated by illness, …

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Jessie Daniels’ ‘Nice White Ladies’ Sparks Discussion About Race, Privilege In Jackson

Louwanda Evans, who said she was one of two Black women on faculty at the private college in downtown Jackson, said her daily encounters with race complicated her reading of …