WHAT: The First Event of the “Housebound” Version of the Unbound Book Festival, “Future Imperfect” Literary Conversation

WHO: Authors Amber Sparks and Alexander Weinstein

WHEN: 7:00 p.m. CST tonight, Thursday, April 23

WHERE: Streaming Live on Zoom 


Under normal circumstances, nationally and internationally renowned authors would have been gathering in person in Columbia this weekend, April 23-25, for the fifth annual Unbound Book Festival, which celebrates literature of all kinds through a number of author conversations, panels and special events. 

However, after the 2020 event was canceled due to COVID-19, festival organizers have instead figured out how to bring some of the scheduled events and celebrated authors directly to you.The result is “Housebound” Unbound, a series of literary conversations between select authors that have now been moved online where all are invited to join and watch.

The first installment of Housebound Unbound takes place this evening at 7:00 p.m., with additional livestream events taking place Saturday, April 25 and Thursday, April 30.


The first Zoom event of “Homebound” Unbound begins at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, April 23 and features Amber Sparks and Alexander Weinstein, both of whom have recently published highly acclaimed short story collections of speculative fiction.

 Organizers have described this event as such:

In “The Toynbee Convector,” Ray Bradbury shows how extravagant liars can be prophets: show us your vision of the future, and we can make it happen. But they can also be Cassandras who try to warn us away from a terrible fate. In this conversation, Amber and Alexander will discuss how they conceive and construct multiple narrative futures, and how to avert or manifest them.  

You can join in the event by clicking here to register

 As with all Unbound events, it’s completely free to attend.

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