What better place to host a giant literary lawn party than Mississippi? The Magnolia State is known to produce some of the greatest writers of all time, and this beloved annual event brings readers and writers together from all over the state and the nation.
On Saturday, August 19, the Mississippi Book Festival will once again be held in Jackson, on the State Capitol Building grounds, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
With nearly 200 authors, attendees can see and listen to dozens of panel discussions, have books signed by their favorite authors, discover new writers, and even add to their book collections.
Books of all genres will be available from several vendors and booksellers representing the State of Mississippi. Enjoy readings, documentaries, live music, and mingling with other book lovers this Saturday.
My former husband, Mel Leventhal, a devoted Civil Rights attorney, and I dreamed of a day when there might be a festival such as this when all of Mississippi would feel invited, welcomed, and comfortable.” – Alice Walker
Framed by the historic setting of the Mississippi State Capitol, the Mississippi Book Festival is also a great learning experience for all ages. Capitol tours will be available, and it’s not uncommon to see packs of teachers gathering signed editions of Mississippi literature to add to their classroom libraries. This family-friendly event also provides opportunities for lifelong learning and a love of reading for children, who can enjoy reading by bringing children to enjoy the festival’s interactive Kids Corner.
Hungry? Food trucks will be at the festival, serving a variety of food to guests all day. It wouldn’t be the world’s most significant literary lawn party without delicious food, cold drinks, and Southern hospitality.
The Authors Alley is the heart of the Mississippi Book Festival. Notated with a large sign, guests will recognize a long corridor of talented writers in an open-air vendor so attendees can walk right up and talk with their favorite published authors, buy their newest releases, and even have them sign copies of their favorite or new books.
Authors Alley is also a wonderful place to discover new writers, including lesser-known or self-published authors. This renowned alley is a creative walkway where friendships are made, wordsmiths are met, and new literature is discovered.
Mississippi is a state with such radiant literary history that it’s no wonder the Mississippi Book Festival was an astonishment: extraordinary organization, a great number of brilliant writers, and pervasive joy in the celebration of books and their makers.” – Lauren Groff