There’s lots to see and do inside the Capitol Building!
- L’ENGLE EXHIBIT: WRINKLE IN TIME, presented by the de Grummond Collection, will feature original manuscript, typescripts and proofs from Newbery Award winning author Madeleine L’Engle.
- C-SPAN will have an exhibit in the rotunda. Presented by Entergy. Fans of C-SPAN’s Book TV will enjoy connecting with special guests and learning more about upcoming programming and special events. They are serious when they say “All weekend. Every weekend.”
- MISSISSIPPI LIBRARY COMMISSION will host a table in the rotunda featuring a Literary Photobooth, live voting in MPB’s The Great American Read, and Mississippi literary maps.
- GUIDED CAPITOL TOURS depart from the ground floor Visitor Desk every 30 minutes, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the festival.
Special events inside the Capitol:
- LIGHTNING ROUNDS, State Capitol Room 204: Presented by the Mississippi Library Commission. Beginning at 10:45 a.m., come hear festival authors and panelists answer a series of quick questions about their favorite books. What books changed their lives? Find out every 15 minutes in State Capitol Room 204!
- FAMILY STORYTELLING, State Capitol Room 103: The Mississippi Humanities Council is excited to present its acclaimed Family Reading Project at this year’s Mississippi Book Festival. Each 45-minute program will feature engaging storytelling and discussion surrounding some of America’s most beloved children’s books. Veteran storyteller David Morgan and discussion leader Vicki Latham will be on hand to lead these programs, which will take place at 9:45, 10:30, and 11:15 a.m. in the Capitol. We hope to see you and your family there!
- MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM ROUNDTABLE ON LITERACY 10:30 a.m., State Capitol Room 202: Presented by Mississippi Children’s Museum, Mississippi Public Broadcasting and The Barksdale Reading Institute. Literary specialists from across the region will lead a roundtable of discussion focusing on early reading programs and best practices. Learn how families can pass on a love of literature to their children, why setting the example of reading is so important, and ways in which all three of the organizations support family literacy. There will also be hands-on literacy activities featuring the books Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
- UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI’S CENTER FOR WRITERS 12:00 p.m., State Capitol Room 202: Faculty and graduate students from Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers will present a writing workshop for high school students. Attendees will write prose or poetry modeled on published texts and have the opportunity to share their work with participants. All levels of experience are welcome!