FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Author Conversations. Unbound is all about interaction – both between authors, and with the audience. That’s why we don’t do readings – instead, we put writers together and get them to talk. We’ve paired a range of fabulous authors to discuss a wide variety of subjects. See Author Conversations for details.

Panels.  Last year’s panels were so popular, we’ve significantly increased the number of these events. We have a variety of fascinating discussions throughout the day, covering a broad range of topics. See Panels for more details.

Poetry Readings. The one thing better than reading exquisite poetry is listening to exquisite poetry read by the person who wrote it. Come and listen to our wonderful poets read from their work. Last year’s poets stole the show with their extraordinary performances; don’t be surprised if they do so again.

Special Events.  This year we’re expanding the concept of what a book festival might look like; these special events don’t fall into any of the above categories but will be just as memorable! Details on the Special Events page.

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. Please follow the interlocutor’s directions regarding how questions should be asked and wait to be called on before asking your questions.

Tickets and Seating. Please note that there are no tickets to any of Saturday’s events. Seating is unassigned and on a first-come, first-served basis, and you should plan accordingly.

Signings.  Books of all our guest authors will be available for purchase throughout the day at the festival bookstore, located in the Kimball Ballroom.  Please consult the Signing Schedule here.

Festival Hub. 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 our friends at Barnes & Noble. 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.

Parking. Faculty and student parking lots at Stephens College may be used by the general public on Saturday, and there is also unmetered street parking available at certain points around the Stephens campus. This year, Boone Hospital have kindly granted festival attendees permission to use the parking lot behind their building, north of Broadway and to the east of the Stephens campus.

Food and Drink. Stars Café, in front of the Windsor Auditorium, sells a variety of snacks and hot and cold beverages. There will also be a pop-up food station on the lawn outside the Macklanburg Playhouse selling delicious (and very reasonably priced) food throughout the day.