Authors Unbound is a full-service author event agency dedicated to creating powerful literary experiences for authors and hosts alike. We understand how difficult it can be to navigate the terrain of identifying a possible speaker, arranging the invitation, creating rewarding programming, and all the details in between. With over ten years of experience in coordinating literary events - particularly Common Read programs and signature author series - we serve as thoughtful and responsive advocates for both authors and their audiences.
Community Reads Programs
Community Reads Programs - commonly known as One City One Book - take the idea of a localized book discussion club and expand it to cover a whole city. The first such program was "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book" in 1998, started by Nancy Pearl at Seattle Public Library's Washington Center for the Book. Each city's program has its own goals; these typically include building a sense of community and promoting literacy.
Programs usually involve more than having everyone read the same book. Some other activities that have been included are: book discussion sessions, scholarly lectures on the book or related topics, a visit by the author, exhibits, film screening, related arts programming, and integration into school curricula.
Some excellent Community Reads programs that we admire:
- Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale - Lake Forest, IL
- One Book, One Community - Sarasota, FL
- Everybody Reads - Portland, OR
- All Henrico Reads - Henrico, VA
Books assigned for First Year Experience (FYE) and campus-wide reading programs are increasingly popular. They pull students and teachers together and build student skills in critical thinking. Campus-wide books build community on campus by allowing students and teachers to share their own experiences. Their goal is to spark intellectual exchange and bring their campus citizens together.
Some excellent Campus-Wide Reads and FYE program we admire:
- Common Reading Program - St. Cloud State University, MN
- Common Reader - Pace University, NY
- Oswego Reading Initiative - Oswego State University, NY
- Common Read - University of Idaho, ID
Author and Lecture Series
Many libraries have seen such success with their Community Reads programs, they've extended author visits to signature Author and Lecture Series, which brings in authors multiple times a year. Universities also host similar lecture series.
Some excellent Author and Lecture Series that we admire:
- Author Talk Series - Boston Public Library, MA
- Carnegie Author Series - Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
- Critical Issues Forum - UM Flint, MI
- Distinguished Lecture Series - U of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
One-Off Author Engagements
- Schools and Universities
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Community Arts Initiatives