The 4th annual Mississippi Book Festival will be held August 18, 2018, on the Mississippi State Capitol grounds from 9am-5pm. The event is free to the public. There will be 150 authors present and 45 panel discussions. The 2017 event was attended by over 6,400 book lovers. Among the self-published authors will be Joedda Gore and J. Moffett Walker, co-founders of Alliance of Authors of Mississippi, a group formed to support and promote self-publish authors.
Gore self-published Sugarman, a historical biographical novel that tells the story of the local hero, Andrew “Sugarman” Daniel set in the 1930’s in the small town of Edwards, MS. She is currently working on two children’s books and a screenplay.
Walker has self-published seven books. Among them are The Mississippi I Love, a poetry volume about Mississippi towns/cities and individuals such as Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Presley. Blueprints Of Sir Michael, tells the story of one of the world’s greatest performers, Michael J. Jackson. Walker was recognized with the Royal Dragonfly Book Award by Five Star Publications “In Recognition of Excellence, Honorable Mention, 2016, Biography.” Walker lived and worked for thirty years in Gary, Indiana, Michael’s hometown. She returned to her beloved Mississippi after retirement.