- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - More than 50 authors and other professionals are scheduled to participate in two literary events this week in Oxford.

The 21st annual Oxford Conference for the Book will be held on the University of Mississippi campus and in the city Wednesday through Friday. The event is a confluence of fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, artists, poets, publishers, teachers, students and literacy advocates.

“We try to have programming that will appeal to a wide variety of readers,” conference organizer Becca Walton told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1gjnEkp).

“In addition to Square Books signings and a Young Authors Fair, we have a program on documentary photography, which interests many students, and a panel on journalism led by Curtis Wilkie. Many MFA (Master of Fine Arts) students attend sessions as well

“One of the sessions that I’m most excited about is the Lafayette County Literacy Council’s program on adult and family literacy,” Walton said.

All Oxford Conference for the Book sessions are open to the public.

The Southern Literary Festival will be held at Ole Miss on Thursday through Saturday. A collaboration of 25 universities and colleges, SLF is essentially an undergraduate writing conference, a writing competition and readings by well-known writers.

While Southern Literary Festival workshops are open only to attendees from member schools, readings will be held in conjunction with the Conference for the Book and will be open to the public. In addition, festivalgoers will join the public at “A Celebration of North Mississippi Hill Country Blues Music” on Friday night at the Powerhouse.

Among those scheduled to participate in the two events are novelist and Ole Miss Writer-in-Residence Megan Abbott, crime novelist Ace Atkins, former Boston Globe editor Ben Bradlee, publisher Amy Einhorn, poet Chiyuma Elliott, novelist Tom Franklin, poet and editor Derrick Harriell, poet and cabinetmaker Steve Scafidi and chef and writer Robert St. John.

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Online:

http://www.oxfordconferenceforthebook.com

http://www.southernliteraryfestival.com

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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