Features

Official Panels & Interviews

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

  • STATE CAPITOL BUILDING (Room 201A, Room 201H, Room 113, Old Supreme Court Room)
  • GALLOWAY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (Sanctuary, Fellowship Center, The Foundery)

Family-friendly Attractions

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

  • KIDS CORNER, in its new shady spot on the Capitol lawn, is presented by Phil Hardin Foundation.
  • Inside the Kids Corner tent, teen star of stage and screen—Quvenzhané Wallis—will be reading excerpts from her book series Shai and Emmie. Readings at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. with signings afterwards.
  • 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!

Capitol Showcase

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!

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 30 minutes, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the festival.

Authors Alley

Meet more than 80 authors and artists selling their most recent works along Mississippi Street.

  • Nancy Lottridge Anderson
  • Hollis Arban
  • Brittany Brewer
  • Allison Rawls Bullock
  • Joshua Cable
  • Velma Bowman Cable
  • Jack Caldwell
  • Larry N. Campbell
  • John S. Case
  • Chauncey Citchens
  • Melissa Kay Clarke
  • Betty Compton
  • Thelma B. Cousin
  • Vaniessa Cousin
  • Robert Donohue
  • Amber R. Duell
  • A. Shane Etter
  • Shenice Abeba Fairconetue
  • C.S. Farrelly
  • Candace N. Ford
  • Lorraine Gilbert
  • Peter Gilderson
  • Paula Goddard
  • Jane Golden
  • Joedda Gore
  • Elizabeth Guider
  • Terre B. Harris
  • L. Pete Heard
  • Lauren Hill
  • Benjamin Holmes
  • Regena Hoye
  • Grady Howell
  • Deborah L. Hunter
  • Michael T. Jackson
  • Danny Johnson
  • Alan Lampe
  • M.M. Le Blanc
  • J.R. Salongo Lee III
  • Allison Lester
  • Dominique Lewis
  • Pamela Elaine Lockridge
  • LaDonna Marie
  • Debbie Marler
  • Susan E. McAdory
  • Felicia A. Newman
  • Darden North
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Center
  • John Pendergrass
  • Brandi Perry
  • Michael Piazza
  • Andrew Plattner
  • K. Reshay
  • Lawrence Robinson
  • Robert Rogers
  • Evelyn Roughton
  • Tyra Rowell
  • R.V.R.
  • Irene Wells Sample
  • Richard Schwartz
  • Renee Seab
  • Janice Singleton
  • Jillian Smart
  • Rhonda K. Smith
  • Andrew Snorton
  • Ashley Stambaugh
  • Glen R. Stripling
  • Ryder Taff
  • Jackie Warren Tatum
  • Sharice Taylor
  • Augusta Toomer
  • Dwight Treadwell, Sr.
  • Tobey Truestory
  • David Waddell
  • J. Moffett Walker
  • ShuCora Walker
  • Dolphus Weary
  • Rosie Camper Weary
  • Carl M. White
  • Malcolm L. Wilkinson
  • Debra Williamson
  • Dr. Natasha M. Wilson
  • Samuel Earl Wilson, III
  • Max Windham
  • Connie Wren

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
  • Bluewater Publications
  • Coffee Prose
  • Cosworth Publishing
  • Dogwood Press
  • Downhome Publications
  • Lemuria Books
  • Lorelei Books
  • Sartoris Literary Group
  • Turnrow Book Co.
  • Tyrant Books
  • University Press of Mississippi
  • Usborne Books & More

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 University Press of Mississippi
  • Eudora Welty House and Garden & The Eudora Welty Foundation
  • Jay for Mississippi
  • Margaret Walker Center
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience
  • Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters
  • Mississippi Library Association
  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting
  • Mississippi Public Service Commission
  • Mississippi Review
  • Mississippi State University
  • Mississippi Today
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • Mississippi Writers Guild
  • Scholastic Book Clubs
  • Society of Mississippi Archivists
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • Twisted Run Retreat
  • Visit Jackson
  • Visit Mississippi
  • Visit Oxford
  • Volunteer Mississippi
  • WT3 Foundation

Book Signing Tent

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

  • View our 2018 book signing schedule 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 Rolled Ice Cream
  • Crunch Time Concessions
  • Deep South Pops
  • G’s Kettle Korn
  • Hal & Mal’s Event & Catering
  • Hog Heaven BBQ
  • Lurny D’s Grille Food Truck
  • Small Time Hot Dogs
  • Southern Sweets & Treats
  • T&J Concessions (food)
  • T&J Concessions (sno cones)
  • Taqueria La Reata
  • Whole Foods