The first annual Oxford Conference for the Book was held from April 2- 4, 1993 on the University of Mississippi campus. Speakers at the historic event included several significant literary figures: Larry Brown, Willie Morris, William Styron, Barry Hannah, George Plimpton, Kaye Gibbons and many others. Other speakers included booksellers, marketing professionals, and book enthusiasts, such as: Shannon Ravenel of Algonquin Books; John Y. Cole of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress; and Oren Teicher, then president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, among others. Featured below is an image of the 1993 program housed in the archival collections of The Department of Archives & Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries.
The main sponsor and organizer through the years has been the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture, although other collaborating partners have participated through the years as well. The Twenty-Fourth Oxford Conference for the Book began this week with the opening event held in the Faulkner Room of the Department of Archives & Special Collections in the JD Williams Library. Just as in 1993, this year's Oxford Conference for the Book includes readings, panels and presentations by authors, poets, and scholars from across the nation. On March 29th, the head of Dartmouth College's Rauner Special Collections Library, Dr. Jay Satterfield, spoke at the Library opening event about the publishing relationship between William Faulkner and Random House in an engaging presentation entitled, "Faulkner at Random: Building a House, Building a Brand." Featured below is an image taken from the Satterfield's talk.