- Flying Shoes (2014) (fiction)
The Southern I. Q. Quiz Book (2003)
- The South: A Treasury of Art and Literature
- Yellow Dogs, Hushpuppies, and Bluetick Hounds (1996)
Lisa N. Howorth, born in Washington, D.C., published her first work of fiction, Flying Shoes, at age sixty-three. She and her husband Richard Howorth own Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, which they opened in 1979. The bookstore is well-known for hosting many Southern writers such as Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Willie Morris, Richard Ford, and John Grisham and many, many others. It was named Book Store of the Year in 2013 by Publishers Weekly. Lisa Howorth previously worked as a reference librarian and art historian at the University of Mississippi where she earned a master’s degree in art history. Howorth and her husband have three children.
Howorth’s novel Flying Shoes is a very personal subject because in 1966 Lisa Howorth’s younger stepbrother was molested and stabbed to death near the family’s home in Bethesda, Maryland. The murder made the front page of The Washington Post. The case has never been solved. In the novel, a sister (Mary Byrd Thornton) gets a phone call thirty years after her brother is murdered because police have a new lead in the investigation. They want her to come back home to a small Mississippi town to assist. However, rather than being a murder mystery as such, Flying Shoes is the story of what happens to those left behind when a tragedy strikes. The novel delves into the lives of the characters and the challenges life hands them. An Amazon reviewer Ellen Stimson states that Flying Shoes is a “juicy little southern character novel. It meanders in a crooked line and takes you to all the best spots in town!”
Howorth was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1996 and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2007. She has written for Garden and Gun magazine and the Oxford American.
- Lisa Howorth Signs Flying Shoes
- Lisa Howorth, of D.C. and Mississippi, revisits an old crime in “Flying Shoes”. Washington Post, June 19, 2014
- Articles by Lisa Howorth in the Oxford American
- Square Books’ Lisa Howorth’s Fiction Debut. Publishers Weekly, March 28, 2014
- Review and Interview with Lisa Howorth. Deep South Magazine
- A history of Square Books