Winter months are harsh. In the Midwest, this winter we’ve had ample time to ponder our thoughts, twiddle our thumbs, and read copious tomes of literature while ice pinged and frosted our windows.
We haven’t, however, had as much time to share great works with one another.
Enter: Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri.
While searching for book readings for a favorite author — Melissa Febos — a friend and I came across this event which takes place in late April. There are many other authors whom we’re also excited to see, including:
- Melissa Febos (as mentioned), author of Whip Smart and Abandon Me
- Zadie Smith, author of Swing Time
- Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
- Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Up
- Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
- Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club
… and many more! These are merely the ones that I’m excited about… be sure to check their list here.
Unbound’s website describes the event as one which “aims to bring nationally and internationally recognized authors of world-class renown to Columbia, Missouri, to talk about their books, their work, and their lives.”
Awesome! Where do I sign up?
And, still: “We believe that life should be a conversation, and so every event at Unbound will be wildly interactive. There’ll be no boring monologues here. Guest authors will be interviewed by other guest authors. There will be Q and A sessions – [attendees will] be able to post questions in advance for individual authors on the website – panels, and multiple chances to meet and speak with your literary heroes. We have all manner of unusual events planned. Our festival will be innovative, different, stimulating and – above all – fun.”
What?! I get to participate and not just sit?! Shut up and take my money!
But wait…. IT’S FREE.
Yes, the entire event, which runs April 20th through April 22nd, is completely free. The festival works to “raise funds and awareness to improve literacy standards throughout the State of Missouri… [as it] has one of the lowest literacy rates in the United States, for both children and adults.”
So, they’re bringing some of my favorite authors to the Midwest, I get to actively participate, it costs me nothing, and it is meant to raise awareness and money for literacy?
Yep. Cashing in all the checks for this one.
Hope to see you all in April!