A well-known independent bookstore in Oxford, Mississippi, Square Books features a large selection of literary fiction, books ... More
A well-known independent bookstore in Oxford, Mississippi, Square Books features a large selection of literary fiction, books on the American South and by Southern writers and children's books. The main store, Square Books, has a cafe and balcony on the second floor. A few doors down from the main store, Off Square Books offers such lifestyle sections as gardening and cookbooks. Square Books Jr., the children's bookstore, is in a building on the east side of the square. Square Books hosts the popular Thacker Mountain radio show and over 150 author events a year.
Square Books is such a great place to go to relax or find a really unique book. I love Southern culture books and there were so many to choose from that I had never heard of before. Definitely worth the time to go in, browse, and find something really interesting to take home.
Square Books is one of those rare bookstores that is a destination in itself. People come from miles around just to sip from a cup of coffee or tea and chat with friends and fellow booklovers, or to sit and people watch from the wide, second-story balcony. Of course, one should not miss the opportunity to browse (and purchase from) the store's impressive collection of titles -- especially those related to the history and literature of the American South -- including many works personally signed by their authors. On any given day, several of those authors can often be found likewise sipping and chatting. Most Thursday nights, the "Thacker Mountain Radio Hour" broadcasts a Prairie-Home-Companion-meets-CSPAN's-Booknotes-meets-town-hall-meeting-esque live show from neighboring Off Square Books. Nearby Square Books, Jr. is tailored especially for younger book lovers and those who love to read to them. All 3 stores are magical places for those who love good books, interesting people, good coffee, and warm ambiance.