The Mississippi Book Festival, a nonprofit founded by literacy advocates, launched in August 2015 on the State Capitol grounds and continues to draw thousands to its annual “literary lawn party” and book lovers’ celebration. Visit our Replay festival pages for highlights, pictures and videos of past festivals.
By its fifth year, the festival’s attendance reached 9,300 with 47 official panel discussions and activities at 10 different venues. Hundreds more enjoyed the festive music, food, social and retail vibe on the grounds outdoors. C-SPAN coverage expands its reach through live and later viewing.2019 BY THE NUMBERS >
Hundreds of contemporary authors — national, regional and local — connect directly with fans and new readers, as invited guests on Official Panels that explore in-depth themes, or along Authors Alley, the festival’s hub for self-published authors.
The historic setting and lovely grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol, nearby Galloway church and surrounding streets become a book lover’s playground with hundreds of visiting authors, panel discussions, book signings, booksellers, Capitol tours, food trucks and family-friendly activities.FEATURES >
Sponsored events and interactive fun roll out the welcome mat for families and engage even the youngest readers in the festival’s Kids Corner. There, the focus on books and authors ignites the imagination and sets the stage for a lifelong love of books.
It was near 100 degrees at the MS Book Festival at the State Capitol, but it was the largest turnout ever. Milan nearly sold out of paperbacks and was on the WLBT News at 6! Thanks to all the fantastic authors and booklovers who attended.
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Milan Sergent (wordsmith, illustrator and mastermind of the Candlewicke 13 book series) held a book launch at Lemuria Bookstore for his first two books of the series.
There was a short reading from Book 1 only so that no spoilers were revealed pertaining to Book 2.
The book launch was a great success with over 140 in attendance.
BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR MILAN SERGENT
On Saturday, July 13, 2019, Southern Bound Book Shop welcomed author, artist, and poet Milan Sergent.
The Winner of the magical costume contest won Book One - Candlewicke 13: The Curse of the McRavens signed by the author.
Young Adult Book Signing
On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama welcomed author Milan Sergent for a book signing. Attendees were encouraged to come dressed as their favorite wizard, witch or enchanted being! Black & white stripes were encouraged! The winner was announced at 2:00 and received both books in the series, signed by the author!
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On September 5, 2006, Jadite Galleries, New York, New York, held an opening reception for Milan Sergent's “Outsiders and Apparitions” artwork.
Fifteen of Milan's works were on display for a month in the art gallery located two blocks from Times Square.
35th Earth Day Celebration
“RELIEF & RHYTHMS” - Milan was one of six artists asked to display his artwork at the 35th Earth Day Celebration, “Relief & Rhythms,” at Phillips on the Reservoir, April 22, 2005. Live music from area bands, other Artist and Writers were featured. A tree was planted in honor of all the artists. Milan's tree was planted at Ridgeland Elementary School. He requested one that grew nuts but would be willing to settle for a shade tree.
Art in the Courtyard
Local artists were invited to attend the “Art in the Countyard” event held in Highland Village.
Milan Sergent setup examples of his painting to showcase his work. Using his easel, his paints, and brushes, he created an amazing work of art that day in the courtyard. Many visitors to Highland Village stopped by to view him at work and to ask questions.
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