Posts Tagged ‘books’

LOFTON — Reading literature boosts empathy and emotional intelligence

by For the MBJ Published: October 25,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

Would you believe that reading can actually make you better at perceiving the emotional states of those around you? A recent study out of the New School for Social Research in New York City supports this notion, but interestingly, it’s not just reading any old thing that brings about these results. Specifically, those who read […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Indulge in a wine-splashed, sun-kissed Provencal escapade with this book

by Lynn Lofton Published: October 18,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Lynn Lofton, Mississippi

Just for fun — especially if you like France — read The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle. He’s the English expatriate who fell in love with the sunny South of France about 20 years ago and never returned to chilly, damp England. His first book, A Year in Provence, recounted the perils and joys of […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Dark Mississippi tale of 1927 is one to savor

by Lynn Lofton Published: October 11,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

We claim a lot of good writers in Mississippi — those who are born here and those who come here to work and write. The latter is the case with Franklin and Fennelly, a married couple who lives in Oxford and teaches at the University of Mississippi. With their good track records we’re proud to […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Ode to independent bookstores, like Choctaw Books

by Lynn Lofton Published: September 6,2013

Tags: books, Business, Choctaw Books, Denver, literature, Mississippi, Stephen White

Goodbye Choctaw Books. It’s always sad when any bookstore closes its doors for the final time, but especially an independent bookstore. We are so very fortunate in Mississippi to still have a number of independent bookstores. That may be because the state is made up of small towns where big chain bookstores will not set […] [...]

Choctaw Books closes doors after 3 decades of book business

Choctaw Books owner Fred Smith is emphatic that customers understand why all of his books are marked down 30 percent. “It’s a store closing sale. I’m not going out of business,” Smith says from behind a desk piled high with books and appraisal orders. “Its not like I’m dying.” It’s been a busy month for […] [...]

State’s booksellers are skeptical of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding, the Internet’s trendy new way to fund everything from music videos to medical procedures, has caught the eye of independent booksellers struggling to keep their doors open. The New York Times recently reported that book dealers in San Francisco and New York City were resorting to asking for donations on popular crowdfunding sites like […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Exciting first novel from Kent Wascom

by Lynn Lofton Published: July 5,2013

Tags: books, Kent Wascom, The Blood of Heaven

The accolades are rolling in for 27-year-old Kent Wascom’s first novel, The Blood of Heaven. I’ve been amazed in recent years by the plethora of debut novels that garner high praise. However, young Wascom’s book is rising to the top of the heap. Here’s what Publishers Weekly’s Steve Yarbrough had to say. “When you read […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: This rebellious Rothschild was ahead of her time

by Lynn Lofton Published: June 21,2013

Tags: books, Hannah Rothschild, The Baroness, Winston Churchill

This is the fascinating story of a member of a fascinating family and written by a member of that family. The Baroness is the biography — or search for, as the subtitle says — of Nica, the rebellious Rothschild. By the time Nica was born in England in 1913, the Rothschilds were several generations removed […] [...]

Pentimento is a must-visit for Mississippi readers

by Stephen McDill Published: June 14,2013

Tags: books, bookstores, Clinton, Clinton Main Street, Pentimento Books, reading, small business

CLINTON- When Debbie Amacker Tillman was growing up in small town Mississippi, one of her favorite things to do was read. “We had a bookmobile which was the thrill of the week in Pelahatchie,” Tillman says. After her family moved to Natchez, not a week went by when she couldn’t be found reading at the […] [...]

HARDWICK: My most useful and favorite business and management books

by Phil Hardwick Published: April 12,2013

Tags: books, Phil Hardwick, Stennis Institute

As the end of the semester approaches I recall two questions that one of the smartest students I have ever had in my management class asked. I had just given my thoughts on what it takes to succeed in life. I opened the floor for questions or comments. The student asked these two questions: “How […] [...]

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