We are less than three weeks away from the third annual Mid-South Book Festival, and this year promises to be a spectacular affair. But we realize that there are some of you who might not know how the Mid-South Book Festival works. Maybe you weren’t able to come out last year, or maybe you came late, or maybe this year will be your first year showing up, and you have questions.
We get it.
Because we’re so nice, we at Literacy Mid-South are going to run down the basics of the 2016 Mid-South Book Festival. We hope that this post will answer all of your basic questions, but we’re not going to spoil everything for you; some of this you’ll have to show up to see.
Wednesday, September 7th: MSBF 2016 Literacy Summit
The Literacy Summit kicks off the Mid-South Book Festival, and is geared toward educators and literacy professionals. At the summit, nonprofit and government agencies, community advocates, volunteers and adult learners show up to a series of workshops to network, develop new skills and share promising practices. There’s also a keynote speaker at every Literacy Summit, usually someone who’s proven that they kick butt when it comes to promoting literacy and developing ways to help create literate citizens.
This year’s keynote speaker is Yolie Flores, who is the Chief Program Officer with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Ms. Flores has kicked lots of butt to ensure that more children from low income families succeed in school.
You can secure your spot at the Literacy Summit by clicking here.
Thursday, September 8th – Jacqueline Woodson at story booth
On September 8th, (amazing famous author) Jacqueline Woodson will be appearing at story booth in Crosstown Arts for a reading and signing. The public is welcome to show up at this, and it starts at 6:00 PM.
Friday, September 9th – Words Matter
Words Matter a VIP event for avid readers and literature lovers! You’ll be able to drink and schmooze with the featured Mid-South Book Festival Authors. There will also be live music, food, and other literary personalities.
Saturday, September 10th – Mid-South Book Festival and Street Fair
The Big Day! Authors, Bloggers, Publishers, Vendors, and the Public will all converge on Playhouse on the Square and the Circuit Playhouse for a whole day of literary fun. There will be panel discussions, author spotlights, and a street fair filled with vendors and community organizations for you to peruse.
Stop into a panel discussion and get the chance to talk to your favorite authors. Then, visit the food trucks at the street fair to refuel before catching a session of Impossible Language or The Word in the Playhouse on the Square Cafe. Then stop by Burke’s or The Booksellers at Laurelwood’s vendor tables and grab a book or three.
All ages are welcome at the Mid-South Book Festival, and it’s completely free!
Sunday, September 11th – The Student Writers’ Conference
Sunday, teen writers can join Heather Dobbins and other instructors to learn the basics of writing for an audience, as well as other tips and tools for crafting the perfect story.
Sorry, budding adult authors: this event is only for writers ages 12-17.
The Mid-South book festival will be great literary fun for the entire family. We hope to see you there! Click here if you want to volunteer at the Mid-South Book Festival, and visit the Mid-South Book Festival website for more information.