Official Panel Schedule

Time
Activity
Location

9:30 am
Fiction Panel

Poetry

Join these poets on the journey toward mindfulness and the eye-opening revelations such keen focus can bring.

  • C. Leigh McInnis, MODERATOR
  • Ann Fisher-Wirth, The Bones of Winter Birds
  • January Gill O’Neil, Rewilding
  • Frank LaRue Owen, The School of Soft Attention
  • Danielle Sellers, Minor Territories

State Capitol 201 H

9:30 am
Fiction Panel

Women in Fiction

Female protagonists rule in this gathering of authors whose books are funny, haunting, profound, poignant, audacious, and anchored in the strong bonds of family and friends.

  • Lyn Roberts, MODERATOR
  • Mamta Chaudhry, Haunting Paris
  • Elizabeth Kostova, The Shadow Land
  • Lisa Patton, Rush
  • Deb Spera, Call Your Daughter Home

State Capitol 113

9:30 am
Children Panel

Dav Pilkey: Kidnote

The worldwide bestselling creator of Captain Underpants and Dog Man launches his “Do Good” tour at the Mississippi Book Festival. First 500 kids receive a FREE book!

  • Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls

Galloway Sanctuary

9:30 am
Non-Fiction Panel

A Spotlight on Mississippi Civil Rights

Little-known stories from the civil rights era shine in the spotlight, deepening understanding of this crucial period.

  • Pamela Junior, MODERATOR
  • Natalie Adams, Just Trying to Have School
  • Jelani M. Favors, Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism
  • Michelle Purdy, Transforming the Elite Black Students and Desegregation of the Private Schools
  • Hezekiah Watkins, Pushing Forward

C-SPAN / OLD SUPREME COURT

9:30 am
Lifestyle Panel

Enneagram: How We See and Why it Matters?

Go deep on the personality tool and the insights it offers with an Enneagram master and a leading voice in contemporary spirituality.

  • George Patton, MODERATOR
  • Brian McLaren, The Great Spiritual Migration
  • Suzanne Stabile, The Path Between Us

Galloway Fellowship Center

9:30 am
Non-Fiction Panel

Southern Humor

Laugh along as wise and witty writers observe life with the gentleness of a knowing chuckle or the sharp edge of a raucous skewer.

  • Todd Doughty, MODERATOR
  • Helen Ellis, Southern Lady Code
  • Harrison Scott Key, Congratulations, Who Are You Again?
  • Mary Laura Philpott, I Miss You When I Blink

Galloway Foundery

9:30 am
Non-Fiction Panel

Welty and Race

Contributors to the new collection of essays discuss Welty’s portrayal of race in the Jim Crow South.

  • Harriet Pollack, New Essays on Welty, Class, & Race, MODERATOR
  • Ebony Lumumba, New Essays on Welty, Class, & Race
  • Rebecca Mark, New Essays on Welty, Class, & Race
  • Donnie McMahand, New Essays on Welty, Class, & Race
  • Kevin Murphy, New Essays on Welty, Class, & Race
  • Christin Marie Taylor, New Essays on Welty, Class, & Race

State Capitol 204

9:30 am
Non-Fiction Panel

Mississippi: The Delta

Find ways the storied region springs to colorful life, from the memories of natives and in the photos and tales of riverboat pilots.

  • Kelle Barfield, MODERATOR
  • Hank Burdine, Dust in the Road
  • Melody Golding, Life Between the Levees: America’s Riverboat Pilots
  • Steven Manheim, Blues Musicians from the Mississippi Delta

State Capitol 201 A

10:45 am
Lifestyle Panel

For the Love of the Game

Grab a seat for stories on the field of play and the field of life in the midst of a football-loving culture.

  • Mike Frascogna, MODERATOR
  • Margarita Jurcovic, Margarita’s Gridiron Adventure
  • Jeff Roberson, Midnight Train
  • Wright Thompson, The Cost of These Dreams
  • Jim Weatherly, Midnight Train
  • Neil White, 125 Years of Ole Miss Football

Galloway Foundery

10:45 am
Conversation Panel

Sonia Sotomayor with Margaret McMullan

Presented by Mississippi College School of Law

Follow a journey of inspiration and achievement with a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Margaret McMullan.

  • Margaret McMullan, Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss, and Return
  • Sonia Sotomayor, Turning Pages: My Life Story

Galloway Sanctuary

10:45 am
Conversation Panel

One on One with Casey Cep

Get an in-depth look into Casey Cep’s non-fiction debut on Harper Lee and the story she left untold.

  • Ellen Rodgers Daniels, Mississippi Book Festival Deputy Director, MODERATOR
  • Casey Cep, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and The Last Trial of Harper Lee

State Capitol 204

10:45 am
Children Panel

The Magic of Picture Books

Presented by Sara and Bill Ray

Picture book authors share the powerful punch illustrations add to their fanciful, charming stories of naughty cats, hungry llamas, adventurous owls, and more.

  • Ellen Ruffin, MODERATOR
  • Kathi Appelt, Max Attacks
  • Heather Fox, Llama Destroys the World
  • Jonathan Stutzman, Llama Destroys the World
  • Jonathan D. Voss, Imagine That: A Hoot & Olive Story

State Capitol 201 A

10:45 am
Lifestyle Panel

Southern Hospitality

Food never found better friends than this collection of authors who cover the spread with heart, health, humor, and a party spirit.

  • Robert St. John, MODERATOR
  • Elizabeth Heiskell, The Southern Living Party Cookbook
  • Sheree Rose Kelley, Breads & Spreads
  • Timothy Pakron, Mississippi Vegan

Galloway Fellowship Center

10:45 am
Non-Fiction Panel

American History: Renegades

Early East Coast and outlaw Wild West get a nonfiction lens as authors look at the nation’s history in the hands of pirates and gunslingers.

  • Katie Blount, MODERATOR
  • Tom Clavin, Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter
  • Eric Jay Dolin, Black Flags, Blue Waters
  • Peter Houlahan, Norco ‘80

C-SPAN / Old Supreme Court

10:45 am
Fiction Panel

Best Debut Novels of 2019

First-time novelists bring fresh insights as their characters navigate the troublesome waters of a horrifying, not-so-distant future, strained family ties, and connections forged through a tragic crime.

  • Katy Simpson Smith, MODERATOR
  • Juliet Grames, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
  • Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth
  • Maurice Carlos Ruffin, We Cast a Shadow

State Capitol 113

12:00 pm
Fiction Panel

Marlantes and Powers

Get swept up in the expansive fiction of these widely acclaimed authors and the insights their novels offer on the legacy of violence, the courage of pioneering immigrants, and the shaping of the American identity.

  • Tom Franklin, MODERATOR
  • Karl Marlantes, Deep River
  • Kevin Powers, A Shout in the Ruins

State Capitol 113

12:00 pm
Fiction Panel

In Brief

Find out more about packing big thoughts into smaller packages with humor, candor, and soul from a trio who’ve found success doing just that.

  • Olivia Claire, MODERATOR
  • Polly Rosenwaike, Look How Happy I Am Making You
  • Kimberly King Parsons, Black Light
  • George Singleton, Staff Picks

State Capitol 201 H

12:00 pm
Young Adult Panel

Well-Read Black Girl

Examine how the Well-Read Black Girl movement weaves together readers, groups, and the online community through the love of books.

  • Ebony Lumumba, MODERATOR
  • Glory Edim, The Well-Read Black Girl
  • Dhonielle Clayton, The Everlasting Rose
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes, Ghost Boys
  • Nic Stone, Odd One Out
  • Angie Thomas, On the Come Up

Galloway Sanctuary

12:00 pm
Non-Fiction Panel

Civil War

Gain insights from battlegrounds of war and the home front in the South, with authors’ studies of Ulysses S. Grant, family problems and women soldiers.

  • Jim Woodrick, MODERATOR
  • Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Sisters & Rebels
  • Shelby Harriel, Behind the Rifle: Women Soldiers in Civil War Mississippi
  • John F. Marszalek, Hold On with a Bulldog Grip: A Short Study of Ulysses S. Grant
  • Ben Wynne, The Man Who Punched Jefferson Davis

C-SPAN / Old Supreme Court

12:00 pm
Lifestyle Panel

Bill Dunlap Hour

Mississippi artist, author and all-around bon vivant brings special guests to talk all things Mississippi. You never know who will show up when Bill Dunlap throws a party!

  • Bill Dunlap, Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster
  • Diane C. McPhail, The Abolitionist’s Daughter

State Capitol 204

1:30 pm
Fiction Panel

Echoes of the Past

Step back in time with novelists whose evocative stories tap the settings of history — racial injustice in the 1940s, the Romanov family execution, pre-Roe vs. Wade America — for more nuanced perspectives on the present.

  • Tracy Carr, MODERATOR
  • Melanie Benjamin, The Mistress of the Ritz
  • Minrose Gwin, The Accidentals
  • Ariel Lawhon, I Was Anastasia
  • Elizabeth H. Winthrop, The Mercy Seat

State Capitol 201 H

1:30 pm
Fiction Panel

The Thrill of Mystery

Revel in suspense with the authors who can craft it into fine storytelling with more than a few surprises.

  • Matthew Guinn, MODERATOR
  • Chanelle Benz, Gone Dead
  • Saul A. Lelchuk, Save Me from Dangerous Men
  • S. J. Rozan, Paper Son
  • Philip Shirley, The Graceland Conspiracy

State Capitol 113

1:30 pm
Young Adult Panel

YA Fantasy

Successful young adult (YA) fantasy authors take your imagination for a ride into bold, enchanted landscapes with magical characters that still resonate with earthbound mortals.

  • Sarah Frances Hardy, MODERATOR
  • Kathi Appelt, Angel Thieves
  • Jimmy Cajoleas, The Good Demon
  • Margaret Owen, The Merciful Crow

State Capitol 201 A

1:30 pm
conversation panel

Ann Patchett: A Life Explored

Best-selling author Ann Patchett will discuss her innovative work and literary career.

  • Ann Patchett, The Dutch House: A Novel

Galloway Sanctuary

1:30 pm
Lifestyle Panel

Southern Art

Bill Dunlap and Richard Gruber share their insight into the lives of Mississippi artists Dusti Bonge and Pappy Kitchens.

  • Bill Dunlap, Pappy Kitchens & the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster, MODERATOR
  • J. Richard Gruber, Dusti Bongé: Art and Life: Biloxi, New Orleans, New York

State Capitol 204

1:30 pm
Non-Fiction Panel

Civil Rights: An American Issue

An illuminating look at figures both on the stage and in the wings in the national struggle toward civil rights for all.

  • W. Ralph Eubanks, MODERATOR
  • Rebecca Tuuri, Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle
  • Shennette Garrett-Scott, Banking on Freedom: Black Women in US Finance Before the New Deal
  • Ted Ownby, Hurtin’ Words
  • William Sturkey, Hattiesburg: An American City in Black & White
  • Dave Tell, Remembering Emmett Till

C-SPAN / Old Supreme Court

1:30 pm
Lifestyle Panel

Photography, an Image of History

Explore how photography is a medium to archive the legacy of the South.

  • Ryan Steed, MODERATOR
  • James T. Campbell, Mississippi Witness: The Photographs of Florence Mars
  • Maude Schuyler Clay, The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston
  • Timothy Duffy, Blue Muse
  • Andrew Moore, Blue Alabama

Galloway Foundery

1:30 pm
Lifestyle Panel

Memoir

Delve deep with authors whose memoirs — heartrending, uplifting, quirky, provocative and surprising — share key revelations on the human condition.

  • Alan Huffman, MODERATOR
  • Beth Ann Fennelley, Heating & Cooling
  • Kiese Laymon, Heavy
  • Margaret McMullan, Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss, and Return

Galloway Fellowship Center

2:45 pm
Young Adult Panel

PG-13

Hear four young adult (YA) authors hot on the heels of new releases that span the genre from best friends grappling with an uncertain future to coming-of-age in the modern world.

  • Taylor Kitchings, MODERATOR
  • Mason Deaver, I Wish You All the Best
  • Shalanda Stanley, Nick & June Were Here
  • Nic Stone, Odd One Out
  • Jeff Zentner, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

State Capitol 201 A

2:45 pm
Lifestyle Panel

All About Soho Press

Get a primer on the small literary presses and their niche focus from the team at Soho.

  • Valerie Walley, MODERATOR
  • Bronwen Hruska, Publisher, Soho Press
  • Juliet Grames, Associate Publisher, Soho Press
  • Paul Oliver, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Soho Press

State Capitol 201 H

2:45 pm
Fiction Panel

Southern Fiction

Hear the distinct voices behind compelling and poignant tales about the human condition and a place we thought we already knew.

  • Jamie Kornegay, MODERATOR
  • Lisa Howorth, Summerlings
  • Michael Knight, At Briarwood School for Girls
  • Mary Miller, Biloxi
  • Snowden Wright, American Pop

Galloway Fellowship Center

2:45 pm
Lifestyle Panel

Photography and Culture

Explore the power of photography with photographers who have captured the culture of the South.

  • Malcolm White, MODERATOR
  • Michael Ford, North Mississippi Homeplace
  • Ken Murphy, Local Color
  • Marc Perrusquia, A Spy In Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous Photographer to Infiltrate the Civil Rights Movement

Galloway Foundery

2:45 pm
Conversation Panel

Richard Ford with Joyce Carol Oates

Literary giants and personal friends Richard Ford and Joyce Carol Oates discuss their lives and works.

  • Richard Ford, Between Them: Remembering My Parents
  • Joyce Carol Oates, My Life as a Rat

Galloway Sanctuary

2:45 pm
Lifestyle Panel

LGBTQ+: Southern Perspectives

Journey toward understanding, acceptance and justice with authors whose characters, candor, and community work break down barriers.

  • Jaime Harker, MODERATOR
  • Robert W. Fieseler, Tinderbox
  • Mesha Maren, Sugar Run
  • Nick White, Sweet & Low

State Capitol 113

2:45 pm
Non-Fiction Panel

True Crime Across America

Gangster-era Chicago, serial murder in 1970s Alabama, and a bootlegger king — a deep dive into true crime and tales of greed on the national front.

  • Curtis Wilkie, MODERATOR
  • Karen Abbott, Ghosts of Eden Park
  • Casey Cep, Furious Hours: Harper Lee and an Unfinished Story of Race, Religion and Murder
  • A. Brad Schwartz, Scarface and the Untouchable

C-SPAN / Old Supreme Court

4:00 pm
Non-Fiction Panel

Crime and the Law

Crime meets the law in these true stories anchored in the region and ranging far and wide.

  • Charlie Spillers, MODERATOR
  • Lovejoy Boteler, Crooked Snake
  • John Hailman, Foreign Missions of an American Prosector: From Moscow to Morocco and Paris to the Persian Gulf
  • Patrick O’Daniel, Crusaders, Gangsters, and Whiskey: Prohibition in Memphis
  • James L. Robertson, Heroes, Rascals, & the Law

State Capitol 201 H

4:00 pm
Conversation Panel

Candace Bushnell with Judy Hottensen

Best-selling author of Sex and the City and Is There Still Sex in the City? Candace Bushnell will join her original editor and Grove Atlantic Associate Publisher Judy Hottensen in conversation about life and love in New York City.

  • Candace Bushnell, Is There Still Sex in the City?
  • Judy Hottensen, Associate Publisher, Grove Atlantic

State Capitol 113

4:00 pm
Non-Fiction Panel

World War II

Find contemporary resonance in the powerful story of German Jews and the brave individuals who risked it all under the threat of Nazi Germany.

  • Michael Dobbs, The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz and the Village Caught In Between
  • Alex Kershaw, The First Wave
  • Sam Kleiner, Flying Tigers

C-SPAN / Old Supreme Court

4:00 pm
Conversation Panel

Poet Laureates Natasha Trethewey with Beth Ann Fennelley

Presented by Mississippi Arts Commission

Words are like jewels in the hands of eminent poets, so expect the conversation to sparkle as the Poet Laureate of Mississippi and the former U.S. and Mississippi Poet Laureate sit down and visit.

  • Beth Ann Fennelley, Heating & Cooling
  • Natasha Trethewey, Monument

Galloway Fellowship Center

4:00 pm
Lifestyle Panel

Mississippi Blues

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of historic Malaco Records and delve into the best of the Mississippi blues.

  • Jim Beaugez, MODERATOR
  • Robert M. Marovich, The Gospel According to Malaco
  • Roger Stolle, Mississippi Juke Joint Confidential
  • Tammy L. Turner, Dick Waterman: A Life in Blues

Galloway Foundery

4:00 pm
Fiction Panel

Southern Literary Review

Learn the ins and outs of publishing as a modern Southern writer.

  • Allen Mendenhall, Writers on Writing, MODERATOR
  • Johnnie Bernhard, Writers on Writing
  • Bren McClain, Writers on Writing

State Capitol 204

4:00 pm
Children Panel

Stuck in the Middle

Good impressions for an impressionable age.

  • Sami Thomason, MODERATOR
  • Jimmy Cajoleas, The Rambling
  • Shannon Greenland, Scouts
  • Kimberly Willis Holt, The Lost Boy’s Gift
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes, Ghost Boys
  • Jodi Kendall, Dog Days in the City

State Capitol 201 A