Summer is settling in and it’s almost time for the 4th annual Mississippi Book Festival! Well-Being is very proud to be among the festival’s many supporters and we want to encourage all of our readers to save the date for Mississippi’s “literary lawn party.” This year’s 40-plus panel discussions, comprised of invited guest authors and moderators, will take on topics that range from art to civil rights to music, politics, cooking, photography, Southern history, poetry, mystery, and much more. The festival will feature more than 150 authors including best-selling writers, Jesmyn Ward – Sing, Unburied, Sing, Julia Reed – South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land, John Meacham – The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels and Salman Rushdie – The Golden House.
I think you’ll find that the Mississippi Book Festival has something for literature lovers of all ages. There will be live music, food trucks, children’s and teen’s activities, an Authors Alley where you can meet and greet with 60-plus self published authors, and the largest “outdoor book mall” in the state, just steps away from all-day book signings on the south lawn of the Capitol.
I don’t know if it’s a Southern thing, but in Mississippi, we love our books and revere our writers. I was thinking this week as I referenced a quote from one of my favorite children’s books, The Velvetine Rabbit, just how profoundly books touch our lives. They play a pivotal role in how we understand the world around us and how we become who we are. It is no small thing when the words on a page become indelibly written in our psyche. The Mississippi Book Festival lets us connect with or learn more about the authors, present and past, who have had the power to not just dramatically influence our points of view, but alter our emotional fabric. And as a bonus, the festival is the perfect chance to hang out all day with some of Mississippi’s coolest fellow book lovers.
FREE and open to the public, the Mississippi Book Festival draws thousands to its annual “literary lawn party” held in and around the State Capitol Building each August. Since its debut in 2015, this non-profit has celebrated writing, reading, and our literary heritage, as well as connected readers with hundreds of contemporary authors. For more information visit www.msbookfestival.com.