Posts Tagged ‘literature’

BOOK BIZ — This fictionalized account of the Iraq War is unforgettable

by Published: November 22,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi, Warren Buffett

Nominated for the National Book Award and written by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds is a work of fiction that shares its lineage with books like Slaughterhouse Five and The Things They Carried. Just as Kurt Vonnegut served in Dresden during WWII and Tim O’Brien served in Vietnam, Powers served in Iraq. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Someone is out to get this Southern Marilyn look-alike

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

We all know eccentric Southern characters. They live in our towns; they may even be related to us. And certainly they populate our Southern literature. When asked why Southern writers so often used these types of characters in books, Carson McCullers replied that it’s because we can still recognize them. Well, Calista McQueen, the heroine […] [...]

BOOK BIZ by Louann Lofton: Inside one of India’s slums, there’s hard work and heartache

by Published: November 8,2013

Tags: books, Business, literature, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, Warren Buffett

India, the rising economic superpower still mired in many problems from its past, is home to 1.2 billion of the earth’s human inhabitants and one-third of the world’s impoverished people. Roughly 55 percent of India’s children suffer from malnutrition. In a land where the promise of a brighter economic future beckons, and signs of flashy […] [...]

This spy novel, Sweet Tooth, is not the usual thriller

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: authors, books, Business, literature, Mississippi

English writer Ian McEwan has 15 books to his credit and has won all the major awards for literature in Great Britain; most notably the Man Booker Prize for Atonement. Sweet Tooth was published last year and is now out in paperback. As a novel in a vein different from McEwan’s other books, it doesn’t […] [...]

Former bookstore owner makes donation in honor of new DSU president

CLEVELAND — A former owner of an iconic bookstore in Greenville has donated his extensive collection to the Roberts-LaForge Library at Delta State University. The library holds special meaning to current DSU president William N. LaForge, as it is partly named in honor of his father, Dr. William F. LaForge, who served 35 years at […] [...]

LOFTON — Reading literature boosts empathy and emotional intelligence

by 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 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 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 […] [...]

McDILL: Robert Khayat’s ‘The Education of a Lifetime’

University of Mississippi chancellor emeritus Robert Khayat’s much-anticipated memoir “The Education of A Lifetime” is not just the story of a man: It is the story of a school and a state. Born in Moss Point, Khayat was a high school football standout and signed with Johnny Vaught’s Ole Miss Rebels in 1956. “You represent […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Ode to independent bookstores, like Choctaw Books

by 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 […] [...]

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