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Published on September 13th, 2012 | by TLV News


Upcoming Events For Square Books: Perfect Dogs, Blue Moons, and Barbecued Politics (from TLV #164)

Upcoming Events For Square Books:

Perfect Dogs, Blue Moons, and Barbecued Politics

Whether you want to train your dog or eat barbecue while talking about politics, Square Books has you covered. There are some awesome book signings coming up with authors ranging from a former Mississippi Governor’s daughter to an award-winning cheesemaker.

Rheta Grimsley Johnson will be reading from her Hank Williams paean entitled Hank Hung The Moon on Thacker Mountain Radio Thursday, September 13.
More a musical memoir than a biography, Hank Hung the Moon is the author’s evocative personal stories of 50s and 60s musical staples, elementary-school rhythm bands, British Invasion rock concerts, and tearjerker movie musicals. The book celebrates a world of 78 rpm records and five-cent Cokes. Hank provides the soundtrack and wisdom for this Last Picture Show of a book.


On September 14, Angela Fordice Jordan will be signing We End In Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter.
Angela Jordan enjoyed a comfortable and quiet life in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the small, southern town in which she was reared. She was a thirty-five-year-old mother of three daughters, and a woman with a politically liberal bent, when, against all odds, Mississippians elected her conservative Republican father, Kirk Fordice, governor in 1991. Suddenly fate threw the whole Fordice family into the glaring lights of public life. In honest, direct prose the author offers a rare glimpse into a profoundly complex family and its painfully public fall from grace.


Mike Stewart signs Sporting Dog & Retriever Training the Wildrose Way on September 18.
The Wildrose Way is a unique, low-force, positive training method that is field-proven for upland and waterfowl gundogs. The training prepares dogs for versatility—any game, any terrain, any destination—and makes them desirable companions for any situation. Now, for the first time, Stewart’s methods are compiled in one indispensable reference book, fully illustrated with photographs and diagrams.


Blake Fontenay will be signing his novel The Politics Of Barbecue on September 19.
Barbecue and politics have one thing in common: both can be messy. And nowhere is barbecue more famous or politics more strange than in Memphis, Tennessee. Pete Pigg is the owner of a popular Beale Street restaurant, the Pigg Pen. Thanks to a quirk in the city’s election laws, Pigg gets himself elected mayor. Mayor Pigg is now firmly in control of city hall and up to something sleazy. When he announces plans to build a World Barbecue Hall of Fame in Memphis it sounds good, but something unsavory lies just below the surface. As the story moves past Memphis landmarks such as Beale Street, Graceland, and Mud Island, a motley, unlikely group of heroes get a glimpse into the greed and corruption all too rampant in government.


Joe Crespino will be reading from his book Strom Thurmond’s America on Thacker Mountain Radio September 20.
The political sins of the late South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond are notorious, and his personal sins are equally infamous. Crespino shows not only that Thurmond’s political and racial hypocrisies were not his alone, but also, more insightfully, that the rise of the Republican right is inconceivable without Thurmond, who led a national charge against labor, the left-wing movements of the sixties, and the antiwar movement. In this authoritative biography, Crespino reveals how a man for whom politics was the only thing that mattered helped foster modern conservatism and altered the course of the nation.


Michael Morris will also be at Thacker Mountain Radio on September 20 signing his book Man in the Blue Moon.
“He’s a gambler at best. A con artist at worst,” her aunt had said of the handlebar-mustached man who snatched Ella Wallace away from her dreams of studying art in France. Eighteen years later, that man has disappeared, leaving Ella alone and struggling to support her three sons. While the world is embroiled in World War I, Ella fights her own personal battle to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker. When a mysterious man arrives at Ella’s door in an unconventional way, he convinces her he can help her avoid foreclosure, and a tenuous trust begins. But as the fight for Ella’s land intensifies, it becomes evident that things are not as they appear.


Award-winning cheese maker Tasia Malakasis will be signing her cookbook Tasia’s Table on September 22.
Malakasis’s circuitous life and career journey led her to a small fromagerie in rural Alabama where she now shares her passion for food with home cooks across the country. Tasia demystifies cooking with artisan cheese. In this beautiful book, Tasia shares the recipes from her cultural influences—both Southern and Greek—that shape the setting of her table for friends and family daily.


Michael Kardos, winner of the 2012 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters fiction award, will be signing his debut crime thriller The Three Day Affair on September 26.
Princeton alumni Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will happen on their annual golf-playing reunion, but one shocking moment changes everything when the three of them find themselves holding a young girl hostage. Three days will decide their fate—between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt, and life and death.


British novelist Lawrence Norfolk signs his book John Saturnall’s Feast on September 27.
From an early age, John Saturnall has been tutored by his mother, an herbalist believed to be a witch, to assist her and understand the subtleties of the kitchen. Upon her death John is dispatched to the estate of Sir William Fremantle. As he rises in the ranks from scullery boy to assistant master cook, he catches the eye of Sir William’s feisty daughter, Lucretia. When she is promised in marriage to the loathsome Piers Callock, whose family’s close connection will ensure the estate’s inheritance, she launches a hunger strike in protest. John is presented with the challenge of creating food that will persuade her to eat. Sumptous recipes and food descriptions intensify the seductive love story of John and Lucretia, turning a tasty treat into a literary feast.

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The Local Voice is a bimonthly entertainment guide and newspaper based in Oxford, Mississippi, covering and distributed in North Central Mississippi, including Oxford, Ole Miss, Taylor, Abbeville, Water Valley, Lafayette County, Yalobusha County, and parts of Panola County, Marshall County, and Tupelo . The Local Voice is distributed free to over 255 locations in North Mississippi and also available as a full color PDF download worldwide on the internet.

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