In celebration of Black Literature, community engagement, and reading, join "All Ways Black" curator, Cree Myles, for an in-person “Drop Everything and Read” installation on the south lawn of the Capitol, all day.
The Asylum Hill Project is an initiative that encompasses the history and archaeology of the former Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum (1855-1935), and engages the descendants of those who were patients at the institution to better understand the history of mental health treatment in our state. See this remarkable presentation of intriguing and thoughtful research, throughout the day, on the south lawn of Capitol.
Bearapy is Books, Bears, and Therapy — a hybrid company that uses books, bears, and therapy to teach social and emotional well-being. Think “Build-A-Bear,” but beyond the bear: with a mobile bear stuffing machine, a library of amazing stories, and a digital platform that can be used to support school-to-home connection. Find them on N. West Street, during the festival.
A pop-up exhibition tracing the origins of the Book-of-the-Month Club — and it’s lasting cultural impact on the literary and cultural tastes of future generations — can be found in the East Wing on the ground floor of the Capitol.
Independent booksellers are showcased at the center of the festival, directly across from the Book Signings Tent, along Mississippi Street and N. Congress Street, all day.
See inspiring exhibits on the ground floor of the Capitol Building in the Rotunda, throughout the day.
This unique opportunity to see the grandeur of Mississippi’s State Capitol building is not to be missed! Every hour, beginning at 10:00 am, take advantage of this unique opportunity! Tours start at the ground floor visitor desk. Last tour is at 4:00 pm.
Organizations (non-profit, government, charitable) have it made in the shade with a provided tent and table on the south lawn of the Capitol grounds. No sales are allowed in this area, but there’s lots to see and share, all day!
First Book provides access to award-winning books, educational resources, and basic necessities curated for kids in need. Each child, ages 0 - 18, gets a free book until supplies run out. Look for the First Book tent on the south lawn of the Capitol, during the festival.
Local vendors have tasty foods for sale on N. West Street, all day! Claim a picnic spot on the lawn or in our shady food pavilion!
Chill out in the shade to enjoy your food truck selections anytime and listen to a tune or two by The Sessions Band.
The Mississippi Public Broadcasting Kids Club offers books, fun activities, and the chance to meet Molly of Denali from PBS Kids and Ed Said, the popular MPB character whose rhymes and raps educate youth about the importance of healthy eating. Find the MPB Kids Club on the ground floor of the Capitol, all day. Come for a visit and leave with fun memories and souvenirs.
Lively discussions among Official Panelists and live interviews are held throughout the day at these venues:
During the day, head over Capitol Room 202 to cool off, browse books by festival authors, and play board games.
Rocky’s House — the traveling exhibit created by the Mississippi Children's Museum and the Barksdale Reading Institute — features Rocky the Reader and friends. As part of a state-wide advocacy campaign, “Talk From the Start,” Rocky helps children build language and literacy skills through playing, talking, and reading. Visitors to Rocky’s house, on the south lawn of the Capitol, can read books, ask questions, and create their own stories using puppets, all day.
Reading is fun in the shade on the south lawn of the Capitol!
With original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,400 authors and illustrators, and more than 180,000 published books dating back to 1530, the de Grummond Collection at USM is full of wonders and surprises that are sure to please. Stop by their exhibit, in the Rotunda on the ground floor of the Capitol, for an awe-inspiring glimpse of genius on display. Available all day, this can’t-miss opportunity is for expert collectors and the child in all of us!
Stop along the Capitol Mall, between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm, to watch artist Wyatt Waters capture the scene. Plus, take a chance on winning the painting for your own collection in our raffle.
Ten bucks will get you one chance to win this one-of-a-kind piece valued at $1,800.00. Better yet, buy more tickets, increase your chances of winning, and support Mississippi Book Festival! Purchase your raffle ticket(s) here! The winner will be announced 5:00 pm, Sunday, August 21, 2022, via social media.