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Art, literature, and good eats abound on a weekend getaway to Oxford, Mississippi

It may seem odd to call a town of 23,000 a cultural destination. But Oxford, Mississippi, is indeed a place of deep and enduring culture. Square Books, which opened on the historic courthouse square in 1979, is one of the nation’s top booksellers. Vishwesh Bhatt, an Indian immigrant at the helm of Oxford’s Snackbar, was a 2018 James Beard finalist for Best Chef in the South.

Mississippi: Land of literary giants

Mississippi’s literary roots run deep. The state cherishes its writers and pays tribute with historical markers, namesake byways, and lovingly preserved homes. Patti Carr Black shares some favorite stops on the state’s literary trail.

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