This weekend, C-SPAN's Book TV and American History TV is coming to Jackson to explore the history and literary culture of the capital city.
The schedule from Book TV's press release:
Book TV on C-SPAN2, Saturday at 11 a.m.
- Visit Lemuria Books, an independent bookstore specializing in first editions. Store manager Joe Hickman takes us into their collection rooms for a look at signed copies of books by local Jackson authors William Faulkner and Eudora Welty.
- Hear about civil rights activist Medgar Evers from author Michael Vinson Williams. In his bookMedgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr, Williams examines the life of Medgar Evers as well as his role in the history of civil rights.
- Learn about Eudora Welty, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Optimist's Daughter." A Mississippi native, Welty did much of her writing at her home in Jackson, using the South as inspiration for her work.
- Hear the story of Prospect Hill Plantation and the story of the group of slaves that migrated to Liberia, the life they lead while there, and the connection to the civil war that broke out in Liberia during the 1990s from Alan Huffman, author of "Mississippi in Africa."
- Hear about war photographer Tim Hetherington from author Alan Huffman. In his book Here I Am, Huffman tells the story of Tim Hetherington and the message he was trying to convey through his photography. Hetherington was killed while covering the Libyan civil war in 2011.
- Tour Mississippi's Old State Capitol which was built in 1839. The building now operates as a museum but it was the site of some of the state's most significant legislative actions including Mississippi's secession from the Union in 1861 and the crafting of the 1868 and 1890 state constitutions.