The Statue and the Fury

Today’s Books and Lunch with Jim Dees was one of the liveliest I’ve had the pleasure of attending. Dees’ mischievous, quick-witted humor had the audience rapt. The

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Jim Dees looking cool at the podium

Statue and the Fury: A Year of Art, Race, Music and Cocktails chronicles one year in the life of a disgruntled Oxford, Mississippi. The now beloved Faulkner statue that reposes outside of City Hall was embroiled in controversy when it was first contracted in 1997. Dees, a reporter at the time, had a front row seat to the ensuing turmoil and he brings all the intrigue, humor, and even tragedy to bear in his new book. With a cast of characters including fabled Mississippians like Willie Morris and James Meredith, the stories are as good as they come. As always, we encourage you to support the author by purchasing the book locally. And don’t forget, we have extra copies here at your public library. So grab your copy and go back in time to one of the most memorable chapters in Oxford history.

— CF

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