MS Book Festival Returns – Virtually – Oct. 12

Author Richard Ford meets fans at the 2019 MS Book Festival, which returns virtually October 12.

The Mississippi Book Festival is going virtual. 

After COVID-19 caused the cancelation of its August event, the festival has been working to create a virtual experience for readers to connect with the many authors who had planned to take part in the event in August.

That virtual event will go public on the festival’s website on October 12 when more than 110 authors and moderators will appear on 31 panels that have been recorded over the last month. 

“We have such a great group of authors and moderators who have rallied to record more than 35 hours of great conversations about books and writing, said Ellen Daniels, the festival’s executive director. “Our community of book lovers has grown so much over the past seven years, so we are delighted to offer these panels online and to continue engaging our loyal audience. We couldn’t have our literary lawn party, be we can still have a literary log-on party.”

Some of the authors to be featured include Curtis Wilkie, Kiese Laymon, Nic Stone, W. Ralph Eubanks, Jerry Mitchell, Catherine Pierce, Beth Ann Fennelly, Mitch Landrieu, William Ferris, Angie Thomas, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Robert Khayat and Kai Bird.

“Hundreds of people work year-round to make the Mississippi Book Festival a success,” said Daniels, “and it would not be possible without the help of generous sponsors and donors from across the state. The Community Foundation for Mississippi is the festival’s longtime partner and this year’s presenting funder. Trustmark National Bank is the lead sponsor for the virtual event.”

To connect with the virtual festival on October 12, visit msbookfestival.com. You can also connect with the Mississippi Book Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.