Vicksburg will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday – The Vicksburg Post


Lorelei Books will be among bookstores across the country to celebrate the love of the written word on Saturday.

Independent Bookstore Day brings readers and writers even closer together, and Kelle Barfield, owner of Lorelei Books, says the day will be action-packed.

“The tremendous support this community has shown our local bookstore keeps it alive and vibrant,” Barfield said. “Independent Bookstore Day is an opportunity to showcase authors, support aspiring writers, and focus on our young readers.”

Barfield said renowned Mississippi Council for the Humanities speaker, Richelle Putnam, will be offering a free writer’s workshop at 1 p.m., secured by an MHC grant. In addition to her advice on “writing from personal experience,” Putnam will also be giving away signed copies of her books featuring Mississippi during the Great Depression and a young adult book on Eudora Welty.

Popular sportswriter Steve Robertson will be on hand from 1-3 p.m. to talk baseball with fans about his writing, including his book “Dawg Pile,” which features 2021 NCAA national champion Mississippi State University.

Another author, David Greenspan, will soon offer poetry readings from his book “One Person Holds So Much Silence”.

“We’re also thrilled to be a featured bookstore on storytelling expert Matt Sawyer’s on-the-ground interview project about the difference stories make in our lives,” Barfield said.

Barfield explained that Sawyer has traveled the country interviewing independent bookstore owners and running a roaming audio studio where community members can answer questions about stories.

“It’s an honor to be featured in this national project so we can recognize the support Vicksburg readers give Lorelei Books,” she said.

Barfield added that free activities for young readers throughout the day will include sidewalk art, coloring sheets and a writing contest.

“Vicksburg readers young and old help Lorelei Books support local nonprofits like The Strand Theatre, The Vicksburg Theater Guild, United Way of West Central Mississippi, Catfish Row Museum, Master Gardeners and more” , she said. “For several years, we have been providing secondary school technical vocational education scholarship holders with funds for the purchase of textbooks. Our loyal local customers make it all possible, and we hope they’ll be part of our Independent Bookstore Day.


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