It's long been a guiding principle of our programming at Unbound that the festival should be as interactive as possible. We want audience members to participate fully in events, and every talk will include significant opportunities for Q and A. Another important facet of this is that, where possible, events will be in interview format. Rather than formal monologues, there will be conversations between writers.
In view of this, an obvious question that we have been considering since we confirmed Michael Ondaatje's appearance at the festival on Friday night is: who should be on the stage of the Missouri Theatre to interview him?
We're thrilled to answer that question. It's Mark Doty.
Doty, one of America's most acclaimed and beloved poets, is the winner of numerous awards including the National Book Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim "genius" grant. He has also written bestselling memoirs.
Michael Ondaatje, in addition to being a world-renowned novelist, is also an acclaimed poet and memoirist.
How could we resist?
We cannot wait to see and hear these two literary giants together in conversation at the Missouri Theatre on April 22. There won't be a more fascinating bookish event going on anywhere in the country that night. Tickets are free, but you must register ahead of time. Click here to go to the event page.