Just days before the seventh annual Mississippi Book Festival was to begin in August, COVID got in the way, canceling our in-person Literary Lawn Party. Nevertheless, with the support of presenting funder, the Community Foundation for Mississippi, virtual festival sponsor Trustmark National Bank, and many more funders, partners, and volunteers, we moved into high gear to record more than a hundred authors in 32 compelling panel discussions. Recordings include: Nic Stone (Clean Getaway) connecting live with over 9,300 school children online, Jerry Mitchell (Race Against Time) with Frontline PBS, Impact Producer Erika Howard; Curtis Wilkie (When Evil Lived in Laurel); Kiese Laymon (Long Division); W. Ralph Eubanks (A Place Like Mississippi); Catherine Pierce (Danger Days); William Ferris (I AM A MAN); Angie Thomas (Concrete Rose); Aimee Nezhukumatathil (World of Wonders); Robert Khayat (60); and Kai Bird (The Outlier). Please scroll down this page to find the links to these and all of our other panelists as they explore a range of subjects through new books and writings in our 2021 Virtual Festival.
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A Lively Legacy
All About Hub City Press
Book Club Picks
Drawing on Imagination
Human and Nature
In Conversation with Annalyn Swan
In Conversation with Kai Bird
Presented by Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Carolyn & Chris Ray
The Director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History sits down with the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist who has written a number of acclaimed biographies including his most recent, The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter.
In Conversation with Robert Khayat
Investigating Money, Power, and Influence
KidNote with Nic Stone
Meet Me in the Middle
Mosquito Supper Club
Myths and Consequences
Out in Focus
Presented by University of Mississippi; The Bailey & Carr Families
Often funny and always profound, these authors plumb the connections made and the mysteries that abound in stories examining landscapes, life, and survival.
Race Against Time
Presented by Mississippi State University Department of English; Mississippi State University College of Arts & Sciences
As contemporary as they come, these poets explore current landscapes, tangled legacies, and the debts we owe through language that digs deep, holds fast, and can’t soon be forgotten.
Revision with Kiese Laymon
Presented by Mississippi Arts Commission; Pigott Law Firm
Listen in as the influencer behind the popular “Bookstagram” account @ablackmanreading talks to one of literature’s most profound voices about the importance and power of revision.
Southern Literary Landscape
The de Grummond Collection
The Gulf South
UPM 50th Anniversary
When Evil Lived in Laurel
Windows to the Past