Pre-Fest Party

  • Thursday, August 15, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Fischer Galleries (736 S. President Street, Jackson, MS 39201)
  • Open to public

Step up into one of Jackson’s hippest art gallery scenes, featuring an exhibition of the iconic works of Mississippi Book Festival official artist Noah Saterstrom. Open to the public, this event is a great way to start your festival weekend!

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Meet Dav Pilkey, the Creator of Captain Underpants and Dog Man


We have some supa-epic news for readers! Dav Pilkey, the creator of the bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, will embark on an international “Do Good Tour” beginning with Jackson, MS! Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls, the latest book in the graphic novel series, will release mid-August — first tour stop, the Mississippi Book Festival!

  • Saturday, August 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.)
  • Galloway UMC Sanctuary (305 N Congress St, Jackson, MS 39201)
  • Free and open to public
  • Limited seating
  • Hear Dav Pilkey’s inspiring story
  • Interactive presentation with live drawing
  • Meet-n-greet and photo-ops with Captain Underpants and Dog Man costumed characters
  • Fun giveaways, cool prizes, and more!
  • BONUS: The first 500 kids will receive a free book! Come early. Supplies are limited.


Howl with laughter with Dog Man, the internationally bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants!

The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain!

Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li’l Petey. But when Petey’s own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good.

Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.


Dav Pilkey is the author and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of The Paperboy. He is also the creator of over 60 books for children including Dragon, Dumb Bunnies, and Ricky Ricotta series, and the newly re-released picture book, Dog Breath. When Dav Pilkey was in second grade, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and what is now widely known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Because of his learning and behavioral issues in school, he was often sent out in the hallway by his teachers. It was in his elementary school hallway where Dav created comic books about superheroes that eventually became Dog Man and Captain Underpants.

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Hot Fest Cool Down

Presented by Community Foundation for Mississippi and Trustmark

  • Saturday, August 17, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Duling Hall in Fondren (622 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 39216)
  • Open to public
  • Ticket cost: $15 each (present your festival badge for free entry)
  • Purchase online, by phone: 877-987-6487, or at the door

Wind up the hottest book event of the year by partying in one of Jackson’s coolest neighborhoods. Thacker Mountain Radio host Jim Dees will be joined by author Candace Bushnell of Sex and the City, Memphis singer/songwriter Grace Askew and Nashville soul/rock/pop band The New Respects.

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