Sid Salter:Book Festival success was typical day at Mississippi Capitol

The inaugural Mississippi Book Festival was an unqualified success — one that surpassed the rudimentary shade tree estimates of just how many Mississippians would sacrifice an extremely hot Saturday to attend an outdoor festival for the purpose of celebrating reading, writing and the state’s impressive literary accomplishments of past and current authors.

As it turned out, more than 3,000 people braved the summer sun and sweltering heat outside the Mississippi Capitol and crowded conditions that produced standing-room-only crowds for seminars inside the building — and the event got off to a marvelous start.