2nd Annual Mississippi Book Festival to be held August 20 in Downtown Jackson

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Jackson, Mississippi — August 17, 2016 — In celebration of Mississippi’s rich literary heritage, the second annual Mississippi Book Festival will take place Saturday, August 20, on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol in downtown Jackson. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“Pulitzer Prize winners Richard Ford and Jon Meacham join 150 other authors and all of our generous donors to kick off our festival in grand fashion, and we are grateful to all for their willingness to make the 2016 Mississippi Book Festival an even bigger success than last year’s event,” said Mississippi Book Festival Executive Director Holly Lange.

The Mississippi Book Festival is family friendly and attracts book enthusiasts, writers and publishers from throughout Mississippi and the Southeast. This year’s event will feature more than 100 noteworthy author panelists, including three Pulitzer Prize winning authors, author readings and presentations, book signings, live music, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Additionally, the U.S. Library of Congress and the Smithsonian will have exhibits in the Capitol Rotunda, and C-SPAN will broadcast live throughout the festival.

“Mississippi is at the pinnacle of literary heritage thanks to the works of notable writers such as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams.  However, the Mississippi literary story is still being written today by contemporary authors such as Natasha Tretheway, Jesmyn Ward, Greg Iles and Richard Ford,” said Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough.  

“Last year’s event attracted thousands of visitors to downtown Jackson, and we look forward to welcoming even more guests this year as we celebrate the deep literary roots associated with our great state,” said MDA Tourism Director Craig Ray.

The 2015 Mississippi Book Festival attracted 3,700 attendees and 103 authors.

For more information, visit www.msbookfestival.com.

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