Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference

I spent a few hours at the Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference last week. I went to hear my friend, Hester Bass, talk about her book, The Secret World of Walter Anderson, at lunch. Then, I went back for the Awards Dinner, where Hester won a Special Award for The Secret World of Walter Anderson. I had my little camera so the images don’t have the crisp look I’d like, but there worth sharing anyway.


Nancy Opalko, youth services librarian at Oxford Public Library, introducing Hester.


Hester Bass delivering a singing telegram to the lunch crowd.

Bass signing

Hester siging copies of her book after the luncheon speech.

Cynthia Wetzel

Cynthia Wetzel, a librarian at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, introducing Ellis Anderson.

Ellis Anderson

Ellis Anderson, author of Under Surge, Under Siege, winner of the nonfiction award.

Read more about Under Surge, Under Siege here.

Anderson 2

Donna  P. Fite

Donna Fite, librarian at Purvis Public Library, introduces Mary Anna Evans.


Mary Anna Evans, author of Floodgates, won the fiction award.

Read more about Mary Anna Evans and her books here.

coleman gives bass award

Marty Coleman, librarian at First Regional Library and chair of the Author Awards Committee, giving Hester her award.

You can read more about Hester and her books here.
Also, if you have read this far and are still interested, you can see last year’s award winners.

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