The 2nd annual Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson on August 20th will feature 200+ authors, including five prominent coast writers/artists who will be participating in panel discussions. We've got the scoop on who, what and where, along with festival details!
- story by Ellis Anderson
Five coast residents are featured on the schedule for the 2nd annual Mississippi Book Festival taking place in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday, August 20th.
The inaugural fest made a regional splash last year (read Shoofly book columnist Carole McKellar’s story about the 2015 event). More than 3,700 people attended the first event held on the lawn of the State Capitol and 100+ authors were present, including John Grisham.
This year, 200+ authors are participating and more than 30 panel discussions are scheduled. Several nationally prominent writers are headlining the event, including Mississippi natives Richard Ford, W. Ralph Eubanks, and Katy Simpson Smith.
Representing the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the 2016 festival are Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Margaret McMullan, Ken Murphy, Scott Naugle and Jesmyn Ward (see schedule of appearances by each at end this article).
Scott Naugle has written hundreds of book reviews and feature articles for various publications including the McClatchy Newspaper Syndicate, The Sun Herald, The Mobile Register, and Beach Blvd magazine. He is the Chief Operating Officer of a large, publicly-traded insurance brokerage and co-owner of Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse in Pass Christian, Mississippi. He will be moderating the final panel, “The Mississippi Experience.”
Admission to the Mississippi Book Festival is free, and so is the parking. The event opens to the public at 9am on the 20th. Click here for the full schedule.
Coast participants listed in order of their appearance at the festival:
Jesmyn Ward - “Jesmyn Ward and The Fire This Time,” panel – 10:00am; Old Supreme Court Room 216 (C-SPAN)
Margaret McMullan – “Short Stories,” panel - 12:30pm; State Capitol, Room 201H
Rheta Grimsley Johnson – “Memoir,” panel - 1:45pm; The Foundery at Galloway
Ken Murphy – “Photography,” panel - 3:00pm; State Capitol, Room 201H
Scott Naugle and Rheta Grimsley Johnson – “The Mississippi Experience/The Closing Chapter,” panel – 5:30pm; Galloway Sanctuary