#MSBF2016 Is Almost Here!


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

MSBF 2015 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.

Click here to get your ticket to Words Matter!

Saturday, September 10th – Mid-South Book Festival and Street Fair

Mid South Book Festival Street Fair VendorsThe 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.

Register for the Student Writer’s Conference by clicking here!

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.




The Mid-South Book Festival is Looking For Vendors!

Mid South Book Festival Street Fair Vendors

Last week, Literacy Mid-South issued a call to authors and publishers who were interested in making this year’s Mid-South Book Festival a roaring success. Now, the Mid-South Book Festival is extending an invitation to vendors who are interested in doing the exact same thing by occupying a space in our street fair! For a small fee, vendors will be able to set up their own rockin’ sales space on Cooper Avenue between Union and Monroe streets on the day of the Mid-South Book Festival Street Fair. From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on September 10th, 2016, a few lucky vendors will be able to present their wares to over 5,000 literature-loving Mid-Southerners.

Mid South Book Festival Street Fair Vendors 2The Mid-South Book Festival will provide the hardware: chairs, tables, space, and audience. It’s up to you to provide the software–your awesome swag! Head on over to the Mid-South Book Festival website to access the vendor application. Booths are available on a first come, first served basis. All applications must be complete and include payment in order to be processed. Incomplete applications will be returned. Vendor space is extremely limited and not all applications will be accepted. Payments can be delivered via check, or paid via credit card using PayPal

Completed applications are due no later than July 31st to avoid late registration fees. Applications are being accepted via snail mail at:

Literacy Mid-South

Attn: Mid-South Book Festival

P.O. Box 111229

Memphis, TN 38111

You can also email your applications and any questions to lchase@literacymidsouth.org.

We hope to see you there!

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The Mid-South Book Festival Call For Presenting Authors

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Calling all published authors!  The Mid-South Book Festival welcomes authors and publishers to submit books for consideration for the event, which will be held on September 10th, 2016 at Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse.

Who Is Eligible?

We welcome authors, publishers, and publicists to contact us regarding participation in the Mid-South Book Festival.  Authors must:

  • Have a book published within the last two years
  • Be published before the Mid-South Book Festival
  • Be published through a publishing house, independent, or university press.  Self published authors are not considered to present but may participate as a vendor in our street fair.  More information about our street fair coming soon.

Application Process

To be considered, please send or have your publisher send us the following information:

  • Two copies of the book, galley, or ARC.  Do not send manuscripts or electronic copies, as these will not be reviewed.
  • Author bio with previously published titles or articles
  • Press kit

Send these items to:

Literacy Mid-South

Attn: Mid-South Book Festival Application

PO Box 111229

Memphis, TN 38111

Information must be received by June 1, 2016 to be considered for the festival.  Literacy Mid-South and the Mid-South Book Festival do not guarantee travel reimbursement for all authors.  Please be sure to let us know if your publisher is willing to fund your trip.

Questions?  Email Knox Shelton at kshelton@literacymidsouth.org.

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