The state’s newest bookstore, Friendly City Books, hosts conversations with Mississippi writers in partnership with Rethink Mississippi and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Friendly City Books, located in Columbus, MS, is owned and operated by one of our own Rethink Mississippi Fellows, Emily Liner. Click the author’s photo to view the video recordings of these conversations.

A conversation with author, journalist, and native Mississippian Curtis Wilkie on his latest work, “When Evil Lived in Laurel.” Hosted by Adam Ganucheau of Mississippi Today and activist Jarrius Adams. Find the full transcript of the conversation here. Buy your copy of Mr. Wilkie’s book here.

A conversation with native Mississippi poets Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Catherine Pierce celebrating National Poetry Month and Earth Day. Nezhukumatathil is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi and author of several works including “World of Wonders.” Pierce is the recently appointed state poet laureate and co-director of the Creative Writing program at Mississippi State University. Buy your own copies of Aimee and Catherine‘s works.

Ralph Eubanks on “A Place Like Mississippi” in conversation with Rethink Mississippi’s Jake McGraw. Eubanks holds a visiting professorship in English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and has written extensively on the south. Find a transcript of the conversation here. Buy a copy of his latest work here.