FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Author Conversations. Unbound is all about interaction – both between authors, and with the audience. We like to 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.  Our panels are the heart of the festival, and this year we have more than ever. See Panels for more details.

Poetry Readings. The only thing better than reading exquisite poetry is listening to exquisite poetry read by the person who wrote it. This year there are more opportunities than ever to listen to wonderful poets read from their work.

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. 

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. Details on the Events for Writers 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.

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.  This year we are also offering complimentary gift-wrapping!  Please consult the Signing Schedule here.

Honey and Salt.  If you would like to purchase tickets to the Matt Wilson jazz concert at First Baptist Church on Saturday evening, featuring Unbound authors reading the poems of Carl Sandburg, they will be available for purchase at the “We Always Swing” Jazz Festival table in the ballroom.

Tickets and Seating. There are no tickets to any of Saturday’s events, except for the Matt Wilson concert on Saturday evening. Seating is unassigned and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 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 or near the Stephens campus. Boone Hospital Center have again 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. Our friends at Fretboard Coffee will be selling coffee out of their truck in the parking lot next to Lela Raney Wood Hall. An all-you-can-eat brunch will be available for purchase in the Dining Hall in Stamper Commons between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and you can buy snacks from Susie’s Store, also in Stamper Commons, until 1 p.m.

Poems While You Wait. Want a unique memento of this year’s festival? Our platoon of poets will be ready and waiting by their manual typewriters to compose a poem, on a topic of your choosing, in the foyer of the Macklanburg Playhouse. Tell them what you want on your way into a talk, and by the time the event is over, your made-to-measure verse will be waiting for you. All for the princely sum of $5, which goes to benefit the wonderful independent (and not-for-profit) publisher, Rose Metal Press.

Photobooth by Rogue Studios.  Between 11:30 and 3:30 Anastasia Pottinger of Rogue Studios will be standing by in our specially-designed, book-themed photo booth 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.

Children’s Grove Activities.  Throughout Saturday morning there will be variety of excellent children’s activities in the foyer of the Warehouse Theatre (where all children events take place) to entertain and amuse our younger festival goers, courtesy of Children’s Grove.

Elephant Poetry. Look out for 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.

Boundless. Copies of the Unbound anthology, “Boundless”, will be available for purchase at the festival merchandise table in the ballroom. All profits will benefit the festival.

Independent Author Fair.  One of the reasons why Columbia is such a vibrant, wonderful environment for book lovers is the extraordinary community of talented writers that live here. Come and meet some of them in the Kimball Ballroom at our second Independent Author Fair. You’ll be able to meet the authors, learn about their books – many different genres will be represented – and buy them, too!