Our staff reviewed some of the books and authors highlighted at this year’s Mississippi Book Festival. Click the links below to read the reviews.

• Erica Hensley: “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor credits her journey to a love for books”

• Aallyah Wright: “‘Well-Read Black Girl’ centers African American women writers”

For our complete list, click here.


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Ryan L. Nave, a native of University City, Mo., served as Mississippi Today's editor-in-chief from May 2018 until April 2020. Ryan began his career with Mississippi Today February 2016 as an original member of the editorial team. He became news editor August 2016. Ryan has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked for Illinois Times and served as news editor for the Jackson Free Press.