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University of Missouri Libraries Spring Events

Unbound Book Festival
Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21

  • Unbound is a book festival in Columbia, Missouri, which celebrates literature of all kinds. Nationally-recognized and bestselling authors across many different genres will come to mid-Missouri to discuss their work and participate in a variety of stimulating events and environments. The third annual event will kickoff with a keynote address from Zadie Smith on Friday night at the Missouri Theatre and a full day of events on the campus of Stephens College on Saturday. There will be separate programs for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Events. And it’s all completely free!
  • The University Libraries will sponsor a panel discussion at Unbound, focused on the archiving of writer’s works.
    • David Crespy, MU theatre professor, and Anselm Huelsbergen, university archivist, will discuss use of the Lanford Wilson papers from University Archives. Crespy is currently teaching a class utilizing the collection and has written a book on Wilson.
    • Authors William Least Heat-Moon and JoAnn Trogdon will talk about their use of archives in their writing, and their plans to give the University Libraries their notes and manuscripts.

“Missouri Self-Taught: Lanford Wilson and the American Drama”
Thursday, April 26 to Sunday, April 29

This interdisciplinary conference, which will be held at the MU Department of Theatre, will take place in conjunction with the University of Missouri Press publication of Lanford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems, edited by David A. Crespy, a new production of The Rimers of Eldritch presented by the university theatre department, and MU Library’s recent procurement of the Lanford Wilson Collection, an archive that is available to conference attendees for research and study. Registration is free.

Library Society and Legacy Society Joint Reception

Friday, April 27

The Library Society’s 14th annual event will be a reception with the Legacy Society featuring Marshall W. Mason, a Tony award-winning director. In addition, guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, and a jazz quartet. The reception will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ellis Library Grand Reading Room.


For more information about any of these events, contact University Libraries Advancement at 573-882-4701 or