Make your first stop in Columbus the Tennessee Williams House Museum & Welcome Center. Here you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly and knowledgeable Travel Counselors, who are ready to help make the most of your trip. While you’re here, enjoy a tour ($5 per person) of the first home of legendary playwright Tennessee Williams, stop in our gift shop to take a piece of Columbus home, browse our wide selection of brochures and maps, and enjoy a complimentary cup of gourmet coffee.
This home was the rectory of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where his grandfather, the Reverend Walter Dakin, served. In 1993, the rectory was in jeopardy of being torn down to make room for a church expansion. In an effort to preserve this historical and literary landmark, the home was loaded onto flatbed trucks and taken to its new site on Main Street.
Extensive efforts were made to restore the 1875 Victorian home to its original glory. It was then reopened as the official Welcome Center for the city of Columbus. Just three months after the opening, Tennessee Williams was honored with a U.S. postage stamp, and a ceremony was held at the home. The Tennessee Williams House Museum & Welcome Center, also a National Literary Landmark, is located in the heart of Columbus’ downtown historic district at the corner of Main Street and Third Street South.
In The Prison, Shell Ferguson visits his incarcerated grandson Cal with tragic news: his daughter, wife, and grandmother have perished in a fire. Cal must rely on his grandfather to uncover the suspicious circumstances of the blaze, as clues unfold to establish his innocence. Compelling revelations link the fire and Cal’s innocence with domestic terrorism. From plots to blow up Mississippi River bridges to threats on their lives, grandfather and grandson take a series of risks, including Cal’s daring prison escape, to save the remnants of their family and southern community so disturbingly infiltrated. A surprise addition to their efforts is Cal’s six-year-old daughter (thought to have died in the fire), who was kidnapped by the terrorists and escaped from their camp. The trio, in a race against time, help the FBI and Coast Guard thwart the nefarious plot.
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The Mississippi Authors Awards seek to recognize and encourage Mississippi authors and promote interest in local authors’ books, whether the books are about Mississippi or another subject.
Are you interested in joining our monthly Book Club? So many great books to read, so little time. So let's make time! We'll gather once a month to discuss our book and enjoy each other's company.
Save the date for our Literary Lawn Party — August 21, 2021
State Capitol grounds. Jackson, MS
The Mississippi Book Festival, a nonprofit founded by literacy advocates, launched in August 2015 on the State Capitol grounds and continues to draw thousands to its annual “literary lawn party” and book lovers’ celebration. Visit our Replay festival pages for highlights, pictures and videos of past festivals.