In celebration of 25 years of dedication to “the very best in Southern writing, while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South,” as its mission states, the Oxford American will hold a gala called “Books, Bourbon & Boogie” Thursday, November 2 at University of Arkansas Pulaski Tech’s CHARTS (Center for the Humanities and the Arts) Theater in North Little Rock, 3000 West Scenic Drive.

Lucinda Williams, a three-time Grammy winner from Lake Charles, Louisiana and daughter of poet Miller Williams, will perform at the gala. A press release from the magazine summarized her career this way:

We’ve all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land—like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who’ve spent their lives traversing it.

Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping The Ghosts of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life—and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams’ illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs.

Tickets include a pre-concert reception with drinks and appetizers, and range from $125-$175, a portion of which will be a tax-deductible donation to the Oxford American. Those go on sale Thursday, August 3 at noon, and you can grab one at or by calling 800-293-5949. For more information, visit