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Square Books, Oxford

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Square Books is a general independent bookstore in three separate buildings (about 100 feet apart) on the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi and many great writers, including William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, and, for a time, both Willie Morris and John Grisham. The main store, Square Books, is in a two-story building with a cafe and balcony on the second floor; Off Square Books is a few doors down from the main store and has lifestyle sections such as gardening and cookbooks; and Square Books Jr, the children's bookstore, is in a building on the east side of the square. Square Books is known for its strong selection of literary fiction, books on the American South and by Southern writers, a large inventory of reduced-price remainders, and its emphasis on books for children. The store hosts the popular Thacker Mountain radio show and over 150 author events a year.

Off Square Books is open 9 am-8 pm, Monday-Saturday, and noon-5 pm on Sunday.
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  • So neat to walk into a traditional, local bookstore. So much better than a big box store. The signed, first edition copies of books were a bonus. Loved this stop on our quick tour through downtown Oxf...  more »
  • A great bookstore in the center of town. Faulkner spent a lot of time here at Square books. Interesting selection of books and souvenirs. 
  • Before you know it, you'll be curled up in a comfy chair drinking coffee and reading and 3 hours will have gone by. That's ok, it happens all of the time. 
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  • I used to spend long afternoons reading or doing crossword puzzles on the balcony of this bookstore. Great store and great coffee.
  • This place is a Mississippi treasure and a book lover's dream! A charming and magical place!
  • Was very excited to see Faulkner collectibles; asked three different clerks for assistance only to be blown off. I'll stick with Powell Books & their helpful staff.
  • Amazing place to visit . Great employees! !
  • Classic old-school bookstore. A true novelty these days.