The 2014 theme of the Oxford Conference for the Book is "Writing the Southern Landscape." The annual conference, which convenes fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, students and literacy advocates for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops and social events celebrating the written word, takes place on the University of Mississippi campus and at various off-campus venues in Oxford, MS.
The conference has an international reputation for innovative scholarship and education on the American South. The 2014 programs will explore writing and the rural South, with sessions on documentary photography; the bluesman Robert Johnson; fiction, memory and southern history; Depression-era southern writers; and contemporary poetry. Local bookstore, Square Books, will host two sessions of readings by established authors and rising literary stars and another on the publishing industry. There will also be a community forum led by teh Lafayette County Literacy Council, which will explore adult and family literacy.
The 2014 conference will be held in conjunction with the Southern Literary Festival, an annual writing workshop for college undergraduates.
Sponsored by University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Mississippi Humanities Council. The MHC is supported by Congress through the NEH and by the generosity of individual donors. No cost for programs funded by the Mississippi Humanities Council.