Book Festival

Festival scheduled August 19

The Mississippi Book Festival will be held August 19 at the State Capitol in downtown Jackson. The festival hosts more than 175 local, regional and national authors including Greg Illes, Richard Ford, Julia Reed, Linda Williams Jackson, Ron Rash, Ellen Gilchrist, Candice Millard, Michael Farris Smith, William Ferris, and many more. Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, will kick-off the festival with the unveiling of the new Mississippi Literary Map. There will be activities for kids of all ages, including a book reading with a special guest and free popsicles for everyone. Free and open to the public, the festival features author panel discussions, live interviews, book signings, children’s activities, live music, and food. Involved in planning this event are (from left) Emily Pote, John Evans, Valerie Walley, Angie Thomas, Mathew Clark Smith, Jean Medley, Seetha Srinivasan, Maggie Lowery Stevenson, Matthew Guinn, and Holly Lange. For more information about the Mississippi Book Festival, visit



Each year sixth-graders at First Presbyterian Day School study ancient Egyptian culture.  Shown are (from left) Mari Lampton Walker, Lauralee Hetzel, Emily Van Uden, Hannah Polk and Addy Katherine