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The best stories are at the Mississippi Book Festival

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Book festivals are a big part of The Great American Read initiative—both celebrate the joy of reading. The Mississippi Book Festival is sure to please every booklover.

From bookselling and book signings to food and fun, there truly is something for everyone at the festival. Join the indoor and outdoor activities Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on and around the Mississippi State Capitol. Children stopping by the MPB tent can pick up a free book (while supplies last) to take home. 

Free and open to the public, the Mississippi Book Festival presents author panel discussions and interviews, book signings, young adult and children’s activities, as well as exhibitors from across the state and nation.

Outdoor activities at the festival:

More than 80 authors and artists will be selling their most recent works in Authors Alley. Click here to see if your favorite author will be here this year!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to capture a moment with your favorite author in the Book Signing tent on the south lawn of the State Capitol. Throughout the day participating authors will be available for a bit of informal conversation and book signing. Click here to see the schedule.

Check out Kids Corner in its shady new spot on the Capitol lawn where teen star of stage and screen, Quvenzhané Wallis, will be reading excerpts from her book series Shai and Emmie. Readings at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. with signings afterwards.

Stroll our Community Lawn where non-profit, governmental and charitable organizations have it made in the shade. Ask about what's new and take home some information to share with others. Stop by the MPB tent for some swag!

Booksellers and publishers are showcased at the center of the festival on Mississippi Street. Shop around for The Great American Read’s 100 best-loved novels—print a checklist of the books to take with you.

Try tasty local foods from vendors along tree-lined North President Street and claim a shady spot on the Capitol lawn or in the food pavilion!