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signed copies of
by John Grisham.

Release date:
June 6th, 2017

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We have 
signed copies of
by Greg Iles.

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M-Sat 9 am-9pm; 
Sun 9am-6pm
Off Square Books 
M-Sat 9am-8pm;   
Sun Noon-5pm
  Square Books, Jr.:  
M-Sat 9am-7pm; 
Sun Noon-5pm


Unless otherwise indicated, author events usually begin with an informal reception at 5 pm, followed by the author's presentation at 5:30, with book signing both before and after the reading/talk. 

Monday, May 15th at 5pm

Edan Lepucki
(Hogarth, $26.00)

When Lady decides to take a break from her husband, she hires a live-in nanny so she can finish her book-but also possibly to avoid her children. S, a young artist/student, arrives on her doorstep to interview for the job and instantly connects with both her sons, but soon begins to act in a way that causes Lady to question her reason for being there. A dark, sexy noir about the intensity of female relationships--whether mother to daughter or friend to friend--that lies behind the hedgerows of beautifully manicured Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

Tuesday, May 16th at 5pm

Lynn Faust
 Fireflies, Glow-Worms, & Lightning
(University of Georgia Press, $32.95)

This is the first comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America ever published. It is written for all those who want to know more about the world of lightning bugs and learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of the 75+ species found in the eastern and central U.S. and Canada. As an independent researcher working with numerous university teams, naturalist Lynn Frierson Faust, "The Lightning Bug Lady," has spent decades tracking the behavior and researching the habitats of these fascinating creatures. Join us for a nature night with a presentation tailored to the glowing bugs native to Mississippi.

Wednesday, May 17th at 5pm

John T. Edge
(Penguin, $28.00)


As the director of the Southern Foodways Association, John T. Edge has long sought to understand the South, its history, and people, through its food, then and now. What people choose to eat, eat when they have no choice, eat where and with whom, is life sustaining, literally and figuratively. In the South, with its rich agricultural environment and mix of complex, fascinating, and sometimes troubled people, food can tell a story. Going back sixty years, John T. has in his prose, sussed out these stories and by writing it down, is helping to shape a better future. -- CFR

Thursday, May 18th at 5pm

Omar El Akkad
(Knopf, $26.95)

This debut novel by a Canadian journalist who has reported on war from Afghanistan to the Black Lives Matter movement imagines a Second Civil War in the US in the years 2074-2093 and its aftermath. Not surprisingly, the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia ("the MAG") secede over oil issues from a Union that has quite literally, mostly due to climate change, deteriorated into a smaller country whose capital is Columbus, Ohio. Mexico has reclaimed its old territories, a president has been assassinated, the Mississippi River is now the Mississippi Sea... Well-drawn southerners struggle to keep body and soul together and to undermine the northern aggressors One woman in particular, Sarat, emerges as a hero but....no spoilers! Compelling and scary. --  LH

Saturday, May 20th at 5pm

The Mississippi Encyclopedia
edited by Ann Abadie, Ted Ownby, & Charles Reagan Wilson
(University Press of Mississippi, $70.00)


Raffle for tickets to meet John Grisham ends on Friday, May 19th.

One of the more colorful aspects of Square Books' history involves the many book signings held here when John Grisham began writing books. These went from a family-and-friends affair for  A Time to Kill , to lines going out the door, down Van Buren and around the corner at 11th St. beyond Harrison, requiring John to ice down his arm every few hours or so. Eventually this changed, and we now typically receive enough signed copies to satisfy orders from his (and our) faithful readers.

He will have a new suspense novel out this fall, but, come June 6, we will have  Camino Island, and John Grisham will return to Square Books for a limited appearance on June 20. Seating is limited and we'll hold a raffle for those buying the book and who want a chance to attend.   CLICK HERE for detailed information on how to participate in the raffle. Regardless of participation and raffle outcome, we'll have signed copies available when the book releases June 6th.

Camino Island opens with a Princeton library heist of valuable manuscripts, a charismatic bookstore owner (no, this resembles no one we know) whose sideline of antiquarian books might have a shady side, and a young woman, a struggling writer, who is hired by an insurance firm to find facts and play dumb. The recipe of interesting characters and a rollicking plot, sprinkled with literary treats, makes for Grisham at his best.

CLICK HERE  for detailed information on how to participate in the raffle and to order a signed copy.

Place your order for a luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank by Sunday, May 21st.


for upcoming events:

Tuesday, 5/23

Wednesday, 5/24

Wednesday, 5/24

Thursday, 5/25

Monday, 6/12

Tuesday, 6/13

Wednesday, 6/14
Thursday, 6/15
Friday, 6/16

Click  here for a full listing of scheduled events.

   Events are always free and wheelchair accessible.