9 faces to know at this year’s Unbound Book Festival

At each year’s Unbound Book Festival, Columbia’s literary community merges and mingles with authors from much farther afield.

Readers might eagerly anticipate a favorite author’s arrival—or claim a new writing hero after encountering a particular panel or reading.

With so many authors on approach — and to keep straight — it’s helpful to gain a sense of who’s who. Here are just nine of the many faces to watch for at this year’s Unbound, which runs April 21-24.

Learn more about this edition of the festival at https://www.unboundbookfestival.com/.

More:From novels to graphic nonfiction, check out these books from 2022 Unbound fest authors

David Berry

Who Berry is: The Canadian critic and journalist penned 2020’s “On Nostalgia,” a book which the Toronto Star called “thick, complex and layered, but leavened with a sly wit.” The work’s tagline reads: “From Mad Men to MAGA: how nostalgia came to be and why we are so eager to indulge it.”

Berry’s articles include pieces of criticism, reporting and reflection on “Schitt’s Creek,” Harry Nilsson, Guillermo del Toro, Key and Peele, Leonard Cohen and more.

Where to catch him at the festival: Author Conversation: Seriously Funny, 1:30 pm April 23 at Serendipity Salon; Those Were the Days panel 3:15 pm April 23 at The Broadway hotel

Find Berry online: http://thedavidberry.com/ or on Twitter @pleasuremotors

St. Clair Detrick-Jules

St. Clair Detrick-Jules

Who Detrick-Jules is: Gifted across genre and discipline, the Washington DC-based artist is a photographer, filmmaker and author. Her films of her include the short documentary “DACAmented,” a visual profile of nine Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. And her 2021 book “My Beautiful Black Hair” honors natural hair as a key feature of Black womanhood.

Where to catch her at the festival: 10 am April 23 at Ragtag Cinema

Find Detrick-Jules online: https://www.stclairdetrickjules.com/ or on Twitter @stclair_dj

Ames Hawkins

Ames Hawkins

Who Hawkins is: A professor and associate provost at Columbia College Chicago, Hawkins is a self-described “transgenre writer” whose work spans nonfiction, visual memoir, video essays, podcasts and more.

Hawkins’ 2019 book “These are Love(d) Letters” delivers a tender, tenuous treatment of love letter as genre, beginning with their parents’ love letters and spooling out to consider their own experience of family, sexuality, creativity and identity.

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