Is there a student of the Civil War who doesn't recognize the name Shelby Foote? Or a fan of Ken Burns' documentary The Civil War who doesn't recognize the face and voice of Shelby Foote? Perhaps not so well known is the novelist Shelby Foote, who authored six works of fiction over the course of nearly 30 years. He died in Memphis (where he lived for decades) in 2005.
From Thursday, March 30th, to Saturday, April 1st, the 13th Oxford Conference for the Book, on the campus of the University of Mississippi, will salute the life and work of Foote with panel discussions, an exhibit, a film tribute from Ken Burns, and an opening address from Foote's friend, fellow writer, and fellow Mississippian, Ellen Douglas. Editors, publishers, journalists, librarians, and noted authors (here to read from and sign their works at Square Books) will also be on hand to honor Foote and discuss the state of the art -- art by the book.
The conference is open to the public; most events are free. For more information, go to www.outreach.olemiss.edu/events/ocb or call 662-915-7282.
The 13th Oxford Conference for the Book, The University of Mississippi, March 30th-April 1st