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Square Books

Square Books opened on the evening of September 14, 1979, in an upstairs location on the Oxford town square & has been a central part of Oxford ever since. It is a general independent bookstore in three separate historic buildings (about 100 feet apart) on the town square of Oxford, Mississippi, widely known among readers as the hub of William Faulkner's "postage stamp of native soil," Yoknapatawpha. The main store, Square Books, is in a two-story building with a cafe and balcony on the second floor.

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Credit to: The Southern Weekend

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The Best Bookstore in America

“It is still today a relatively small town, and back then it was certainly a small town… You didn’t see a whole lot of independent bookstores about the countryside. So when I was growing up there wasn’t one – it was an idle subject of conversation just in my family. Then, when I was in my early twenties and wasn’t exactly sure what I was doing, I reached a point when I thought “Well, maybe that’s what I should do,” said owner Richard Howorth.

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