Official Panels & Interviews

Experience lively discussions among Official Panelists and watch live interviews throughout the day at these locations:

  • STATE CAPITOL BUILDING (Rooms 201 A, 201 H, 113, 204, plus the C-SPAN / Old Supreme Court Room)
  • GALLOWAY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (Sanctuary, Fellowship Center, The Foundery)

Family-friendly Attractions

Kids will be the center of attention in lots of ways this year!

  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s DANIEL TIGER is making the State Capitol his neighborhood for the day. Hunt for him in the Capitol Rotunda and on the grounds where he’ll be meeting and taking pictures with young fans.
  • TOOT, TEACH & ROLL is a unique learning adventure for students of all ages! This mobile unit travels the metro area promoting academic success for children and adults through innovative techniques. Enhanced learning experiences foster creative minds, one doodle at a time, and give participants the opportunity to explore their imagination.

Capitol Showcase

There’s lots to see and do inside the Capitol Building!

  • POP-UP LIBRARY: Visit the Mississippi Library Commission’s Pop-Up Library anytime, in State Capitol Room 202, to wind down, cool off, and browse books by Official Panelists.
  • FAMILY STORYTELLING: Join the Mississippi Humanities Council in State Capitol Room 103 for family-fun reading programs at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 am! Each program combines engaging storytelling and family discussion to cover classic and beloved children’s books. A professional storyteller and discussion leader will be on hand to lead these free and family-friendly sessions.
  • BLUE MAGNOLIA FILMS: MISSISSIPPI SOUL, MISSISSIPPI STORIES: Join in a conversation about the life stories of Mississippians and shared values that create a sense of history, identity, and place. At 1:30 pm in State Capitol Room 103, Alison Fast (Blue Magnolia Films), Robert St. John, Alferdteen Harrison, and Samuel Burke will discuss story structure, documentary format, and audience engagement within Mississippi and beyond.
  • C-SPAN EXHIBIT: C-SPAN’s BookTV fans can interact all day with special guests in the State Capitol Rotunda, while learning about future programming and special events.

Capitol Tours

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see the grandeur of Mississippi’s State Capitol building!

  • GUIDED CAPITOL TOURS depart from the ground floor Visitor Desk every hour, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the festival. Self-guided tour information is available throughout the day.

Authors Alley

Meet more than 70 authors and artists selling their most recent works along Mississippi Street.

  • See participants here.

Booksellers Row

Booksellers are showcased at the center of the festival in our Independent Bookseller Tents, directly across from the Book Signings Tent on Mississippi Street.

  • Big House Books
  • Coffee Prose
  • Dogwood Press
  • Integrity Books
  • Lemuria Books
  • Lorelei Books
  • Luna Press
  • The Beacon
  • University Press of Mississippi
  • Usborne Books

Community Lawn

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.

  • Bookfriends of the University Press of Mississippi
  • Child Health & Development Project Mississippi Thrive!
  • Eudora Welty House and Garden / Eudora Welty Foundation
  • Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP
  • Friends of the Pickens Public Library
  • Greater Jackson Arts Council
  • Greenwood Cemetery Association
  • LifeStory Publishing
  • Margaret Walker Center
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi Arts Commission
  • Mississippi Heritage Trust
  • Mississippi Library Association, Inc.
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting
  • Mississippi State University
  • Mississippi Today
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • Mississippi Writers Guild
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • USM Center for Writers
  • Visit Jackson
  • Visit Mississippi
  • Visit Oxford
  • WT3 Foundation

Book Signing Tent

Participating official panelist authors will be available for book signings on the south lawn of the Capitol.

  • See participants here.

Food Trucks

Try tasty local foods from vendors along N. President Street! Claim a spot on the lawn or in our shady food pavilion!

  • 2 for 7 Kitchen
  • 30 Below
  • Borneo Hibachi and Sushi
  • Coffee Prose
  • CrunchTime Concessions
  • G’s Kettle Corn
  • il Lupo
  • Mind Freeze, LLC
  • Small Time Hot Dogs & Street Eats
  • Sweetwater Bleu’z Creole & Cajun On A Roll
  • T and J Concessions