The Mississippi Book Festival, a nonprofit founded by literacy advocates, launched in August 2015 on the State Capitol grounds and continues to draw thousands to its annual “literary lawn party” and book lovers’ celebration.
By its second year, the festival’s attendance jumped from 3,700 to 6,200, a near 70 percent boost, and Official Panelists increased by a third. C-SPAN coverage expands its reach through live and later viewing.
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Hundreds of contemporary authors — national, regional and local — connect directly with fans and new readers, as invited guests on Official Panels that explore in-depth themes, or along Authors Alley, the festival’s hub for self-published authors.
The historic setting and lovely grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol, nearby Galloway church and surrounding streets become a book lover’s playground with panel discussions by visiting authors, book signings, booksellers, live music, tours, food trucks and kids’ activities.
Sponsored events and interactive fun roll out the welcome mat for families and engage even the youngest readers in the festival’s Kids Corner. There, the focus on children’s books and authors ignites the imagination and sets the stage for a lifelong love of books.