Join us Thursday, March 29 at 6 pm at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square) as we celebrate the 100th issue of The Oxford American magazine. FREE admission. Guests will include author John T. Edge, poet Molly McCully Brown, military memoirist Brian Castner with singer/songwriter Destiny Stone.
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers.
Radio: 92.1 FM (Oxford)
John T. Edge’s latest book, The Potlikker Papers – A Food History of the Modern South (Penguin/Random House), has just been released in paperback. The book is “a history of the South by way of food stories, or a story about Southern food by way of our history.” Edge is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and a columnist for the Oxford American. In 2012, he won the James Beard Foundation’s M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. He is director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. Edge lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his son, Jess, and his wife, the artist, Blair Hobbs.
Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017). Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Stanford University, and the University of Mississippi, where she received her MFA in poetry.
Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a former John and Renée Grisham Fellow at the University of Mississippi.
She is the 2017-2018 Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at The Oxford American magazine.
Brian Castner is the author of Disappointment River – Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage (Doubleday). The book is a historical narrative and a travel memoir of Castner’s grueling 1,124-mile canoe trip down the Mackenzie River in Canada retracing the Northwest Passage journey taken by explorers in 1789. A former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, Castner received a Bronze Star for his service in the Iraq War.
He is the author of two previous books, The Long Walk (2012), a memoir of his military service, and All the Ways We Kill and Die (2016), an investigation into improvised explosive devices. The Long Walk has been adapted into an opera that has been performed at prestigious venues nationwide.
Destiny Stone is a Mississippi native neo-soul singer/songwriter, pianist, and recording artist. She fuses soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, and folk into her musical compositions. Her latest CD is Journey. She also performs a one-woman tribute show to the late Nina Simone. The show entitled, Nina Now, premiered in February.