Holly Lange, part of the festival since its start, takes a page from years of experience in event management, fundraising, volunteer coordination and public relations for this current chapter. Her role continues a narrative thread of engagement with projects unique to Mississippi, including the opening of the B.B. King Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art Centennial and Crossroads Film Festival. Emily Pote brings experience with authors and events from her time as Children’s Department manager at Lemuria Books, and passion from her volunteer stint with the book festival since 2015. She’s eager to join the book festival team.