Milbre Burch: Tales from Beyond the Ban – Folktales from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Senior Hall Parlor, 11:30 – 12:30 

A spoken word concert of oral tradition tales from the seven predominantly-Muslim countries named in President Trump’s initial Travel Ban, performed by acclaimed storyteller Milbre Burch. The folktales are bookended by excerpts of oral histories of international graduate students from some of those countries. Tales from Beyond the Ban has been featured at a World Refuge Day event in Columbia, MO; the National Storytelling Network’s 2018 Summit in Kansas City; the RaceBridges online project in Chicago and at the series at the Hans Christian Statue in NYC’s Central Park; and the Grapevine series at Busboys and Poets in DC.


Louder Than A Bomb Regional Finals

Warehouse Theatre, 2:00 – 4:00

Started by one of this year’s Unbound guests, Kevin Coval, Louder Than a Bomb is the largest high school youth poetry slam competition in the world. Columbia is home to the mid-Missouri chapter of the competition, and Unbound is thrilled to be featuring the final of this year’s competition on Stephens College on Saturday afternoon! Come along and hear these great young poets perform their work. You’ll be moved. You’ll be inspired. You’ll be amazed.


James Mustich: 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die

Recital Hall, 4:00 – 5:00

Reading is usually a pretty solitary activity. But despite - or perhaps because of - the direct and very personal relationship that every reader has with each book he or she reads, a lot of people like to talk about it once they’re finished. That’s why book groups are so popular - and, of course, it’s one of the reasons that people enjoy Unbound. We’re delighted to welcome to this year’s festival Jim Mustich, the author of the ultimate book discussion book - 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die - A Life Changing List. Hailed by the Washington Post as the “ultimate literary bucket list,” Mustich’s witty and erudite trawl through his library is more than just a list of really good books - although of course it is that, too. It’s a hymn to the joys of reading, the sweet pleasure of losing yourself in a wonderful story. Guide, encyclopedia, to-do list and discussion piece all rolled into one, this book will forever solve the eternal question: What am I going to read next?


Fiction/Non/Fiction Podcast

Macklanburg Playhouse, 5:30 – 6:45 

Hosted by Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan, the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast is one of the best literary podcasts available. Fiction/Non/Fiction interprets current events through the lens of literature, and features conversations with writers of all stripes, from novelists and poets to journalists and essayists. The show is created in partnership with Literary Hub. Past guests include Tayari Jones, Sam Chang, Jia Tolentino, Edwidge Danticat, Pamela Paul, Ron Charles, Curtis Sittenfeld, Claire Vaye Watkins, Matt Johnson, Alexander Chee, and many more. Whitney and Sugi will be getting together with Unbound guests to record a live show at the end of the day. Come and listen to what we know will be sparkling and brilliant conversation. Because, you know, books.


This episode’s topic will be: Race, Identity and the 2020 Democratic Presidential Field.