Richard Howorth, owner of Square Books in Oxford, John Evans of Lemuria in Jackson, Jamie Kornegay of TurnRow Book Co. in Greenwood and Emily Gatlin of Gum Tree Book Store in Tupelo make up a panel that will discuss the state of the bookselling trade and the ongoing battle between the big box stores and the independents.
They will share their survival secrets at 11 a.m. at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. The event is free and open to the public.
Howorth, a former Oxford mayor and frequent host to some of the nation’s best-known authors, operates three bookstores within a short stroll of one other on the town square. His Off-Square Books annex hosts the town’s popular "Thacker Mountain Radio" show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Evans started Lemuria in a small converted apartment in 1975 saw it grow into a much larger store just off I-55 in Jackson. It has since expanded, with LemuriaBooks.com occupying an adjacent warehouse-like space where authors can speak and customers sip beer.
Before opening TurnRow and its popular sandwich shop in downtown Greenwood, Kornegay got his start writing for the Oxford Eagle. He got the book bug, started writing fiction and took a job at Square Books. He also found time to produce "Thacker Mountain Radio."
Gatlin’s frequent book reviews and her "bookseller Barbie" blogs on the book trade have become well-known to aficionados. Her book events at Gum Tree have helped the store, part of Tupelo’s legendary Reed’s department store, become a regular on the author circuit.
Overby Fellow Bill Rose will moderate the panel.
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