I'm looking forward to this Saturday's free Unbound Book Festival in Columbia.
It's well worth the just-under 100-mile drive to the event on the campus of Stephens College.
The line up of events and speakers for the April 23 festival is impressive. What's more impressive is that the event is free.
Alex George, festival founder and director, and his volunteers have worked tirelessly to organize the event and obtain sponsors and write grants to put on the festival. Here's a link to his interview with Jane Henderson of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Although the event is free, festival organizers ask that attendees please donate gently-used books and deposit them in the bins which will be placed outside the doors of the meeting rooms. The books will then be distributed throughout the Columbia area to people who love to read but might not be able to afford to buy books.
My bag of books is sitting next to my front door ready to be put in my car.
To me, it's a triple benefit. I get to do some spring cleaning, attend a free festival where I can learn from some amazing writers, and pass on some good books to other readers.
How great is that?