Literary

Pictured: Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi

“I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about, and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it.” — Nobel Prize Winner William Faulkner

Faulkner is just one of the many literary giants whose love of literature began with a love of Mississippi. Stroll upon Faulkner’s native soil at his home in Oxford and learn about his family roots in New Albany and Ripley. See the Mississippi that Tennessee Williams called “the beauty spot of creation, a dark, wide spacious land that you can breathe in” by visiting his childhood home in Columbus. Visit Eudora Welty’s home and gardens in Jackson, which appear just as they were when she would step out the door for one of her countless trips to the neighborhood grocery store, which also remains. Explore the Smith-Robertson Museum in Jackson, where Richard Wright walked the halls as a schoolboy. These writers have given birth to a new generation of Mississippi literary heritage – from the master of legal thrillers, John Grisham, to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt and Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate of the United States in 2012. If you love literature, Mississippi’s literary heritage and the native soil invite you to explore the inspiration behind some of the world’s greatest writing. Follow the Southern Literary Trail through Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to visit the places that influenced well-known 20th century writers.

  • Dixie National Rodeo

    February 6 - February 12

    Champion cowboys from all over the world compete for big jackpots at the annual Dixie National Rodeo at the Mississippi Coliseum. The best of the best of bull fighters, ropers, rodeo clowns, barrel racers and bull-doggers come out in droves and keep crowds entertained with fast-paced action and antics. Rodeo Events include: Bareback Bronc Riding, …

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  • Downtown Laurel Chili Cook-Off

    February 8 @ 10:00 am - February 8 @ 8:00 pm

    Laurel Main Street kicks off each new year with the annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off! The event takes place the second Saturday in February and is held on the 500 block of Central Avenue, downtown with music, beverages (coke products & beer), and teams competing to be the winner. All entries are cooked …

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  • Mississippi Blues Marathon

    February 29 @ 7:00 am - February 29 @ 7:00 pm

    The 13th Annual Mississippi Blues Marathon will take place on February 29, 2020, in downtown Jackson, Mississippi’s capital city. With live music before, after, and throughout the course, the Mississippi Blues Marathon proves to be one-of-a-kind. Challenge yourself with the marathon or half-marathon, or take things a little easier with our 10, or 5k. You …

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