In an ode to the brilliant native Oxonian Larry Brown, this month’s Books & Lunch audience feasted on catfish and hush puppies at the Lafayette and Oxford Public Library. His son, Shane Brown, shared selections from “My World: With Family, Friends, Farming & Oxford.” Soft-spoken, thoughtful, and intelligent, Shane is the late Brown’s doppelgänger in both mien and talent.
A frequent contributor to hottytoddy.com, Shane read his pithy, confessional short stories to a rapt audience. In “These Boots,” Shane recounted exploring his father’s writing study with awe and reverence, growing emotional when he read Larry’s notable “Late Start” speech. Larry Brown’s stories feature a panoply of North Mississippi characters who lead hardscrabble, colorful lives made compelling by Brown’s obvious empathy for them.
I’m certain that I speak for the local Oxford community, and the greater world, when I state that we are all looking forward to reading much more from Shane Brown.
You can read Shane’s recap of our Books & Lunch event here: http://hottytoddy.com/2016/01/15/changes-by-shane-brown/