Author: Jenna Mason

25th Oxford Conference for the Book

Spark to Fire Oxford Conference for the Book celebrates 25 years ;   BY ALEC HARVEY PHOTOS COURTESY OF OXFORD CONFERENCE FOR THE BOOK The Oxford Conference for the Book kicked off with a bang. Literally. The year was 1993, and the inaugural event had landed some big names, including George Plimpton and William Styron, two founding editors of the esteemed Paris Review. It was the 40th anniversary of the Paris Review, and to celebrate, a group took Plimpton and Styron to Paris, Miss., for a catfish dinner. The crew included Richard Howorth, founder of Square Books and co-founder...

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Q & A with Ann Beattie

Q & A with Ann Beattie BY ALEC HARVEY Ann Beattie is one of the brightest lights of American short fiction. Her work has been included in numerous award-winning collections, as well as John Updike’s “The Best American Short Stories of the Century” and “The Best American Short Stories of 2014.” She has taught at the University of Virginia and is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award and Rea Award. At the Oxford Conference for the Book, she’ll talk about her newest collection, “Peter Taylor: The Complete Stories,” which she edited for the Library of America. Beattie answered questions...

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