Unbound Book Festival brings nationally-recognized authors to Columbia

9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago April 23, 2016 Apr 23, 2016 Saturday, April 23 2016 Saturday, April 23, 2016 4:20:00 PM CDT in News
By: Emma Balkenbush, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA — Readers were able to meet and talk with nationally-recognized authors at Columbia's first annual Unbound Book Festival Saturday. 

Director of the Festival, Alex George, said the event, which took place at Stephens College, has been 18 months in the making. 

George said about 30 authors attended the festival, including novelists and poets. 

"It depends on the kind of the writer it is, but poets tend to read and the novelists read some of their novel but everything is in interview format," George said. 

Festival attendees were able to interview novelists and poets about their works. 

George said the festival also allowed attendees to go to several panels with authors. He said one of the panels Saturday was called, "An Abundance of Lauras." 

"The only thing that these three writers have in common is that they're all called Laura," George said. "They can't let anybody else in, it's absolutely packed, the panels are great." 

George said he was happy with the turnout of the festival. 

"We're already planning next year and looking forward to it. This is the first year so we're learning a lot and we're eager to find out what works and what didn't work," George said. 

Some of the authors that attended the festival included, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Laura McHugh, Laura McBride and Eric Praschan. 

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