We're absolutely thrilled and delighted to announce that Michael Onddatje, internationally renowned bestselling author and a true global literary superstar, will be coming to the Missouri Theatre, in Columbia on Friday, April 22, to help us launch the inaugural Unbound Book Festival. The event - which takes place the day before the festival proper - will begin at 7.30 p.m., and is free to the public.
Michael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers. His artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, his work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form. His transcendent novel The English Patient explores the stories of people history fails to reveal by intersecting four diverse lives at the end of World War II. This best-selling novel was later made into an Academy Award-winning film.
Michael Ondaatje has garnered several literary prizes including The Booker Prize for Fiction, The Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, the Prix Medicis, the Governor-General’s Award, and the Giller Prize.
We cannot think of a guest with a higher literary pedigree to launch our inaugural festival.
Books will be available for purchase and signature by Mr. Ondaatje after the event. If you would like to attend this (frankly unmissable) evening, you will need to register online for a ticket. Follow this link to make your reservations right away. We anticipate that tickets will go extremely quickly, so we recommend that you don't delay.
This event is being made possible in part by a generous contribution by the University of Missouri.