The 2018 lineup and schedule of events for the Literary Arts In the Delta Festival includes a diverse list of authors, writers and publishers that will appeal to a variety of ages, reading interests and literary enthusiasts.
The free inaugural event will be held on March 10 at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, located at 323 South Main Street, in Greenville, Mississippi, and the William Alexander Percy Memorial Library, located at 341 Main Street in Greenville.
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and other elected officials will kick-off the festival at 9 a.m.
The following authors are scheduled to appear:
Al Bell, Songwriter, former Motown Records Group president and former Staxx Records owner
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, national best-selling fiction author of over 40 books, publisher, television producer and former journalist
Dr. Paul Canonici, historical non-fiction author
Jimmy Cunningham, historical non-fiction author
Maria Hoskins, children’s author
Wyatt Jefferies, children’s author
Candrice Jones, educator and writer
Johnny Jones, playwright, educator and writer
Dr. Kyle Miller, director and playwright
Anne Martin, non-fiction author and journalist
Keith Morris, comedian, storyteller and writer
Erica Sandifer, fiction author
Mark Spencer, creative non-fiction and fiction author
John Two-Hawks, non-fiction author and Grammy-nominated musician
John T. Wayne, historical fiction author
Dr. Blake Wintory, historical non-fiction author
Literary Festival Lineup and Scheduled Events
In addition to panel discussions at E.E. Bass, there will be reading and writing workshops at Percy Library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Topics include reading comprehension, fiction writing, non-fiction writing, creative writing and writing for young adults. Workshops are free and open to everyone.
A film screening of Dr. Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise will be shown throughout the day from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center.
Presentations by participating authors. The authors’ books will be available for purchase and authors will sign their books immediately following their presentations.
Free books for children and youth from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Heifer International and Scholastic will be available while supplies last at the exhibitor’s booth at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center.
Various youth organizations will showcase their art, interpretative dance and poetry. Food truck vendors will be onsite at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center.
The 2018 Literary Arts In The Delta Festival was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council. Funding to support youth participation in the festival was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. Festival premier sponsors are Washington County Board of Supervisors and Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional sponsors include CB&S Bank, Delta Radio Network, Entergy, Hope Credit Union, Mississippi Valley State University, Planters Bank, Reed Charitable Foundation and Scholastic, Inc.
To view a complete schedule of the Literary Arts In The Delta Festival, see the attached guide. For more information, visit Literary Arts in the Delta Festival web site.