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Our vision is 100% literacy in the Mid-South.

Literacy Mid-South (LMS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to mobilize resources that empower literacy and learning organizations to reach their goals”. Somewhere between 20% to 30% of adults in the Memphis metro area are functionally illiterate. That means more than just unemployment — their minds are unused and their dreams are unrealized.

Mid-South Book Festival

The 2014 Mid-South Book Festival is scheduled for Thursday, September 25th through Sunday, September 28th.  While some events are ticketed, the Mid-South Book Festival is FREE and open to the public.  

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, this event will raise funds for Literacy Mid-South's many programs for children and adults!

The event will feature celebrity authors from around the country, including:

  • Daniel Wallace, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions 
  • Julia Reed, Newsweek 
  • Neil White, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts 
  • Jennifer Chandler, Simply Grilling
  • Lisa Patton, Yankee Doodle Dixie
  • And 30 more!

The event will also feature:

  • Creative writing seminars
  • Speaking panels
  • Author's Hall for local and regional authors
  • Children's Area
  • Chalk Walk poetry and short story area
  • Food trucks
  • Live musical performances
  • Roving performance artists
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Book store
  • And much more!

Visit the Mid-South Book Festival website here!

Upcoming Events


Making Memphis: A Panel Discussion With Memphis Authors

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6-8pm

Join Literacy Mid-South as we kick off the Mid-South Book Festival! Great authors like William Faulkner have written about Memphis since its birth in 1819. From its beautiful homes and parks to its unfortunate legacy of racism and discrimination, Memphis is a potential gold mine for authors.

Join authors Dan Conaway, Willy Bearden, and Corey Mesler as they discuss their passion for writing about the Home of the Blues!

This event is free and open to the public! The event will be held at story booth at Crosstown Arts at 438 N. Cleveland Ave Memphis 38104. Learn more about story booth here.

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Foodie Sunday at the Mid-South Book Festival

Sunday, September 28, 2014, Begins at 1:00pm

Our final day of the Mid-South Book Festival will end on a high note with our celebrity cookbook authors providing demonstrations to audience members and book signings! Join us at The Booksellers at Laurelwood for a day of food, fun, and books! The schedule for the day is:

1:00pm Paul and Angela Knipple

2:00pm Jennifer Chandler

3:00pm Perre Magnus 

4:00pm Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence of The Chubby Vegetarian

5:00pm Bianca Phillips

More information and cookbook authors to come! Spend the day eating, laughing, and reading at the Booksellers at Laurelwood on our final day of the Mid-South Book Festival!  More information here. 

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