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Intersection - Unbound Fest's Alex George On Writing and Book-festing In Missouri

Janet Saidi

This week, Intersection sits down with Alex George, a Columbia author, owner of Skylark Bookshop and founder of the Unbound Book Festival, which comes to Columbia this weekend.

Now in its fourth year, the festival has brought literary celebrities - like Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith and this year's keynote speaker George Sanders - as well as up-and-coming literary voices to mid-Missouri. 

George spoke with Intersection host Janet Saidi about what he hopes the community takes away from the festival, what it's like being a British writer in the middle of Missouri and what his future dreams are for Unbound.

The festival hosts a day of educational events in Columbia schools with its Authors In the Schools project on Friday, April 19. Then the festival hosts a kick off event with Poetry Abound, at Cafe Berlin Friday afternoon at 4.30pm, just ahead of Friday's 7.30 keynote event with George Saunders at the Missouri Theatre. The main festival panel discussions and author events take place all day Saturday, April 20, on the campus of Stephens College. All events are free and open to the public. See the Unbound webpage for full details. 

Janet Saidi is a producer and professor at KBIA and the Missouri School of Journalism.