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Jamie Kornegay’s Mississippi Reading List

Jamie Kornegay and his wife opened TurnRow Books in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 2006. Since then, they’ve stocked the shelves with a continuous supply of Southern and Mississippi Delta literature, from fiction to cookbooks, memoirs and children’s books. This month, Kornegay can add his own debut novel Soil to the collection. We interviewed him recently about the book, the writers who’ve influenced him and also asked him about the next wave of Mississippi writers whose books he’d excited to promote. Listed below, these writers all have connections to the state, whether being born there or having attended or taught at Ole Miss. Their books, including several signed copies, can be found at TurnRow and online here.


The Southern Cross by Skip Horack 

RiversCitrus County by John Brandon

The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn

Rivers by Michael Farris Smith

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

The Teeth Of The Souls by Steve Yates 

The Story Of Land And Sea by Katy Simpson Smith 

The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh


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