Mississippi Book Festival planned to go on in 2021


After having to go virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Mississippi Book Festival Board of Directors has unanimously voted to go on with a live, in-person book festival on August 21, 2021.

Remaining mindful that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, the board released the following statement:

“Mindful of pandemic developments going forward, we’re planning a stellar, yet smaller event focused at the State Capitol. We love packing crowds into architecturally beautiful spaces but the new normal may have everyone spread out a bit more. As the year unfolds and plans evolve, we may be able to grow the festival to include the spaces across the street, so graciously offered by our partner Galloway United Methodist Church. Of course, the lawn of the Capitol and surrounding streets will once again welcome exhibitors and friends to celebrate great books and those who create them.”

Say the sixth annual Mississippi Book Festival does go as planned, hundreds of contemporary authors—from the national to the local level—will connect directly with readers of all levels through different official panels.

In 2019, the festival boasted an attendance of 9,300 with 47 panel discussions and activities at 10 different venues. To learn more about the Mississippi Book Festival, click here.


Written by J.T. Mitchell

J.T. Mitchell is a multimedia journalist out of Jackson, Mississippi, who worked extensively for both News Mississippi and SuperTalk Mississippi before coming aboard as editor in chief for Our Mississippi Home. He is also the author of Pocket Grammar: 24 Mistakes You'll Never Make Again. J.T. received his education from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he studied both English and philosophy. Contact J.T. at [email protected]

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