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BOOK BIZ — Ode to independent bookstores, like Choctaw Books

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 up shop. Hooray for us! ...

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BOOK BIZ: Fitzgerald's story of 1940s Hollywood still rings true

Reading this book is a reminder of why good writing stands the test of time. For some reason I had missed The Last Tycoon, Fitzgerald’s last book; the one he was writing in 1940 when he died suddenly of a heart attack. It was unfinished although he left detailed notes that his publisher included, making the ending that the author ...

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Biography introduces Mississippi’s treasure to new readers

There have been many words written by and about Eudora Welty. “A Daring Life” by Carolyn Brown is a moving testimony to a great American writer. Welty’s reach was far beyond Mississippi although the state, its people, culture and history formed her and were the backdrop for her work. Welty observed and wrote about a large part of the 20th ...

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With McCormick's closing, Greenville takes another step backwards

Once hailed as one of the nation’s great centers for literature, Greenville’s cultural heritage has sustained yet another big blow with the announcement that McCormick’s Book Inn will shut its doors at the end of this month. The privately owned bookstore has been a gathering place for both writers and readers since 1965. In addition to its books, the store ...

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Iconic Delta bookstore to close at month's end

GREENVILLE — A neighborhood gathering place, the only spot in Greenville to get a Sunday New York Times, a stop for visiting writers and tourists and a Greenville Main Street landmark since 1965 is shutting its doors. Hugh and Mary Dayle McCormick, the owners of McCormick Book Inn, tell the Delta Democrat Times the shop will close Nov. 30. The ...

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