HOW TO FEST

Author Conversations. We like to put writers together and get them to talk. Unbound is all about interaction – both between authors, and with the audience. We’ve paired a range of wonderful authors to discuss a wide variety of subjects.

Children’s Events.   As always we are presenting some wonderful children’s authors in the Warehouse Theatre for our younger festival guests. Also look out for the kids’ activities in the foyer of the Warehouse Theatre provided by our friends at Children’s Grove. 

Elephant Poetry. Look out for Penelope, our beautiful wooden elephant, and make a poem on her belly. Take a photo of your completed masterpiece and post it to twitter under the hashtag #elephantpoems. We’ll award prizes for the best ones.

Events for Writers.  While Unbound is principally a festival for readers, we always put on some events designed to help writers with their craft and the business of writing.

Festival Hub. As always, the Kimball Ballroom in Lela Raney Wood Hall is the hub of festival activities throughout the day. There you’ll find the festival bookshop, run by Skylark Bookshop. Authors will be available to sign their books; you can buy festival merchandise, browse the stalls of our exhibitors, and enjoy the Independent Author Fair where local, self-published writers will be presenting their work.

Food and Drink. Look out for the food truck in the parking lot next to Lela Raney Wood Hall, which will be selling snacks, meals, and drinks all day. Coffee will also be available at Star’s Café, by Windsor Auditorium.

Panels.  Our panels are the heart of the festival, and this year we have more than ever.

Photobooth by Rogue Studios.  Between 11:30 and 3:30 Anastasia Pottinger of Rogue Studios will be standing by to take your photo in the Ballroom. Memorialize that book you just got signed. Or just muck about. We don’t care, as long as you have fun.

Poetry Readings. The only thing better than reading exquisite poetry is listening to exquisite poetry read by the person who wrote it.

Q and A. At every event a significant amount of time will be dedicated to Q and A. We do ask that you keep your questions until the designated time.

Reading is Leading.  Mortar Board will be hosting a fun read-along event for our younger festival-goers between 10:30 and 12:00 in the Ballroom. Come and enjoy the stories, and learn more about why reading to your kids is so important! Mortar Board is a nationally accredited honor society at Stephens College which strives to exemplify the ideals of leadership, scholarship and service. 

Signings.  Signed books make excellent gifts! All our guest authors will be available to sign their books, which will be on sale throughout the day at the festival bookstore, located in the Kimball Ballroom. 

Tickets and Seating. There are no tickets to any of Saturday’s events. Seating is unassigned and on a first-come, first-served basis.