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The Unbound Book Festival 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.  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 – you’ll 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.

But it’s not just about one amazing day of bookish joy every April.  We’re aiming to raise funds and awareness to improve literacy standards throughout the State of Missouri.  Missouri has one of the lowest literacy rates in the United States, for both children and adults.  The link between illiteracy and low quality of life has been established again and again.  The Unbound Book Festival pledges to support the drive to improve our state’s literacy rates – because books, after all, should be for everyone.