How to Make the Best of a Book Festival



How to Make the Best of a Book Festival

by Deborah M. Thomas, Librarian at B.S. Ricks Memorial Library

For those of you who will attend the annual Mississippi Book Festival (or any book festival), here are a few tips to make your trip the best that it can be.

  • Take a bag (for all the books you will purchase)
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Remember to take money for food and books
  • Read the schedule ahead of time. (It is usually on the official MS Book Festival website.) Circle your favorite panels or lectures. Have a second concurrent choice, just in case your session is filled or canceled.
  • Mississippi is hot in the month of August. Bring a hat, cap, visor, etc. to shield your eyes and head from the punishing sun as you mill around the outdoor pavilions.
  • Take a notebook to jot down inspirational ideas or stories during a lecture.
  • Arrive early. There are free parking spaces and shuttles. However, they might fill up fast.


Click here to visit the official Mississippi Book Festival website.

Ricks Library Hours & Info
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm
Tues, Thurs: 8:00am-7:00pm
Sat: 8:30am-12:00pm