Start your festival experience in the State Capitol Building with Carla Hayden!
We are honored to have Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden join us this year to kick off the festival and to unveil the state’s new Mississippi Literary Map. Dr. Hayden—an American Librarian and the 14th Librarian of Congress—was CEO of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, from 1993 to 2016, and president of the American Library Association, from 2003 to 2004. Don’t miss her engaging interview with Congressman Gregg Harper during festival.
Experience lively discussions among Official Panelists and watch live interviews throughout the day at these locations:
Kids and teenagers will be the center of attention in lots of ways this year!
There’s lots to see and do inside the Capitol Building!
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see the grandeur of Mississippi’s State Capitol Building!
Guided tours depart from the ground floor Visitor Desk every 30 minutes, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Booksellers are showcased at the center of the festival in our Independent Bookseller Tents, directly across from the Book Signings Tent.
If you are interested in participating as a bookseller, please click here.
Big House Books | The Clarion-Ledger | Dogwood Press | Jackson Friends of the Library | Ke Francis / Caron Gallery | Lemuria Books | Lorelei Books | Mississippi Museum of Art | Nautilus | Turnrow Books | University Press of Mississippi | Usborne Books
Organizations (non-profit, government, charitable) have it made in the shade with a provided tent and table on the Capitol grounds. Please note: No sales are allowed in this area.
If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor, please click here.
Bookfriends of the University Press of Mississippi | Eudora Welty House and Garden | Margaret Walker Center | Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience | Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters | Mississippi Library Association | Mississippi Public Broadcasting | Mississippi State University | Mississippi Today | Mississippi University for Women, MFA in Creative Writing | Visit Jackson | Visit Mississippi | Visit Oxford | Volunteer Mississippi | WT3 Foundation
Participating official panelist authors will be available for book signings on the south lawn of the Capitol.
See schedule here!
Try tasty local foods from these vendors along West Street and enjoy—under the sun shade or in the shade!
Bessi Roo’s | Crunch Time Concessions | Deep South Pops | Green Ghost Tacos | Hog Heaven BBQ | J B’s Chicago Style Beef Etc. | LurnyD’s Grille | The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen | Small Time Hot Dogs | Sweetwater Blue’z | T&J Concessions | T&J Concessions Sno Cones | Southern Sweets & Treats
Look for the stage at the corner of West and Mississippi Streets and claim your spot—curbside or Capitol Lawn!
10:00 A.M. - NOON
Malaco Gospel singer Darrell Luster
NOON - 5:00 P.M.
No Strings Band featuring Jewell Bass and Mike George