National Book Lovers’ Day: Let’s Read!

Book lovers unite! It’s National Book Lovers’ Day and we have plenty of ways to celebrate. From libraries to the Mississippi Book Festival, the Community Foundation for Mississippi has ways to support organizations that are creating more book lovers every year.

Mississippi Book Festival

A view from above of a full sanctuary at Galloway United Methodist Church for the Mississippi Book Festival.The Community Foundation for Mississippi is proud to the be fiscal home and presenting funder for the Mississippi Book Festival. Known as Mississippi’s Literary Lawn Party, the festival has become a nationally recognized premier event that attracts book lovers, writers, and publishers from Mississippi, the region, and the nation. Free and open to the public, the festival hosts author panel discussions and interviews, book signings, live music, local food, young adult and children’s activities, and exhibitors from across the state. The mission of the festival is to recognize authors and the books they produce, to celebrate writing, reading, and our literary heritage, and to connect readers with contemporary authors.

Jackson Friends of the Library

Outside view of the Willie Morris Library in Jackson.The Jackson Friends of the Library Fund supports the seven City of Jackson libraries in the Jackson Hinds Library System. Your support helps make programming and other initiatives possible!

Clinton Library Foundation Endowment Fund

Outside view of the Quisenberry Library.The Clinton Library Foundation Endowment Fund supports programs and operation of the Quisenberry Library in Clinton. The library, located on East Northside Drive, features a nature trail, Genealogy Room, Children’s Library and group study rooms that are available for quiet study throughout the day. The library offers a wide variety of public programming including an upcoming series on the history of the City of Clinton, a Halloween fall carnival and an Easter egg hunt in the spring.

Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Endowment Fund

Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters awards on a table.The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters honors Mississippi’s greatest riches – our artists, writers, and musicians. Each year the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters honors creative individuals with an award in their specific field. The prestigious awards, first made in 1980, are presented in eight categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Youth Literature, Visual Art, Music Composition (Classical), Music Composition (Contemporary), Photography, and Poetry. The Institute’s juried competition is one of a kind in the state.

University Press of Mississippi Endowment Fund

University Press of Mississippi logoUniversity Press of Mississippi tells stories of scholarly and social importance that impact our state, region, nation, and world. They are committed to equality, inclusivity, and diversity. Working at the forefront of publishing and cultural trends, UPM publishes books that enhance and extend the reputation of our state and its universities.

Founded in 1970, UPM is the largest and only non-profit publisher in the state. Affiliated with and supported by Mississippi’s eight state universities, UPM has more than 2,200 active titles and has distributed more than 3,200,000 books worldwide in print and digital editions, each with the Mississippi imprint. The press acquires, edits, designs, and promotes more than 95 new books every year.

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