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“I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison and “I Am Farmer” by Baptiste and Miranda Paul, both participating in Greensboro Bound.

GREENSBORO —The organizers of the Greensboro Bound literary festival released the event’s schedule Wednesday, which runs May 16-19 at sites throughout downtown and the surrounding area.

The events are free, but some require tickets. Tickets are available at ticketmetriad.com/organizations/greensboro-bound.

Thursday, May 16

5:30 p.m.: Catered opening reception featuring Sheryl Oring’s “I Wish To Say” interactive art project. (WAM)

6:30 p.m.: Author/filmmaker Astra Taylor screens her film “What Is Democracy?” and talks about her new book, “Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone.” (WAM)

Friday, May 17

7 p.m.: Author Wiley Cash, in conversation with a special guest. (GCC, Van Dyke)

9 p.m.: Music and Words. Michael Basinski, Alejandro Rutty, and The Difficulties. (SB)

Saturday, May 18

9:30 a.m.

  • Character Parade — open to all ages. (GCC, rear doors)
  • Hot Summer Reads with Jo Hackl, Gillian McDunn and Alicia D. Williams. (LIB, Tannenbaum Sternberger Room)
  • “I Got The Rhythm!” with OrKIDStra, Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison. (LIB, Childrens Area)
  • “Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact” with Jennifer Swanson and the Greensboro Science Center. (LIB, Nussbaum Room)

10 a.m.

  • The End of the World as We Know It — Panel discussion with Rebecca Erbelding, Frye Gaillard and Rick Van Noy. (ICRCM)
  • “The Poet’s Menagerie” — A puppet show for all ages featuring the Jabberbox Puppets and based on Fred Chappell’s book “As If It Were: Poems.” (GCC, Van Dyke)
  • “Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy” — A contemporary Appalachia conversation with Robert Gipe and Ricardo Nazario y Colon. Moderated by Meredith McCarroll. (GHM, auditorium)
  • The Real and the Unreal — Panel discussion on speculative science fiction with Valerie Nieman, Michele Tracy Berger and Jamey Bradbury. (GHM, conference room)
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop with James Tate Hill. This is a ticketed event. (GCC, conference room)
  • Contemporary Muslim Writing with Soniah Kamal and Huda al-Marashi. Moderated by Krista Bremer. (UC)

11:15 a.m.

  • “Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr.” with Cleveland Sellers Jr. and Adam Parker. (ICRCM)
  • “Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South” — Panel discussion with Lee Smith, Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle and Marianne Gingher. Moderated by Samia Serageldin. (GCC, Van Dyke)
  • Writing the First Novel with Etaf Rum, Mesha Maren and Xhenet Aliu. (GHM, Auditorium)
  • This Is Your Life Memoir Conversation with Huda al-Marashi, Brian Belovitch and Jessica Handler. Moderated by Deonna Kelli Sayed. (GHM, Conference Room)
  • Performance Poetry Workshop with Ashley Lumpkin. This is a ticketed event. (GCC, Conference Room)
  • Whose I Is It? — A panel discussion on poetry with Ross Gay, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodescq Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, Michael Gaspeny and Tyree Daye. Moderated by Coen Cauthen. (UC)
  • Inspiration Strikes Back! A young adult books panel discussion with Constance Lombardo, Rebecca Petruck and Leslie C. Youngblood. (LIB, Tannenbaum Sternberger Room)
  • World Changers — A children’s book panel discussion with Baptiste and Miranda Paul. (LIB, Children’s Area)
  • Just Be You! A children’s book panel discussion with Kelly Starling Lyons and Vanessa Brantley-Newton (LIB, Nussbaum Room).

12:30 p.m.

  • “The Showdown” — Greensboro Opera and the UNCG School of Music present this short opera, written by fifth-grader Neveah White with music by Alejandro Rutty. (GCC, Van Dyke)
  • Writing as Intersectional Feminism, a panel discussion with Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, Michele Tracy Berger and Cassie Kircher. Moderated by Jennifer Feather. (ICRCM)
  • The Novel Has Many Characters — A panel discussion with Laurel Davis Huber, Soniah Kamal and Etaf Rum. Moderated by Michelle Young-Stone. (GHM, Auditorium)
  • The Real and the Unreal. Panel discussion on speculative science fiction with Jenna Glass, T. Frohock and Sheree Renee Thomas. (GHM, Conference Room)
  • Young Adult Workshop with Megan Shepherd (tentative). This is a ticketed event. (GCC, Conference Room)
  • Short and To The Point — Short story panel discussion with Xhenet Aliu, Jen Julian and Michael Croley. Moderated by Krystal Smith. (UC)
  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks — Panel discussion with Miranda Paul, Lamar Giles and Amy Reed. (LIB, Tannenbaum Sternberger Room)
  • Guilford County Schools Poet Laureate Program Reading. (LIB, Nussbaum Room)

2 p.m.

  • Civil Rights: The Past and the Future — Panel discussion with Cleveland Sellers Jr., Brian Lampkin, Robert W. Lee and Adam Parker. Moderated by Aran Shetterly. (ICRMC)
  • “The Book of Delights: Essays” with Ross Gay. (GCC, Van Dyke)
  • New Voices — A contemporary Appalachia conversation with Carter Sickels, Mesha Maren, Michael Croley. (GHM, Auditorium)
  • Writing About Place — A panel discussion with Tyree Daye, Cathryn Hankla and Cassie Kircher. Moderated by Michael Gaspeny. (GHM, Conference Room)
  • Memoir Workshop with Jessica Handler. This is a ticketed event. (GCC, Conference Room)
  • Writing About Sexuality and Identity — A panel discussion with Bill Konigsberg, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes and Brian Belovitch. Moderated by Coen Cauthen. (UC)
  • First Draft — A panel discussion on writing for children with Rebecca Petruck, Jennifer Swanson and Brenda Rufener. (LIB, Tannenbaum Sternberger Room)
  • I Got The Rhythm! with OrKIDStra, Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison. (LIB, Children’s Area)
  • #girlpower — A panel discussion with Alicia D. Williams, Kelly Starling Lyons and Leslie C. Youngblood. (LIB, Nussbaum Room)

3:15 p.m.

  • What’s the World Coming To: Environment and Climate Change — A panel discussion with Susan Hand Shetterly and Rick Van Noy. Moderated by John Duberstein. (ICRMC)
  • “HOTBOX: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business,” with Matt and Ted Lee. (GCC, Van Dyke)
  • Environment and Place — A contemporary Appalachia conversation with Valerie Nieman and Carter Sickels. Moderated by Robert Gipe. GHM, Auditorium)
  • Afro Futurism — A panel discussion with Michele Tracy Berger and Sheree Renee Thomas. Moderated by Gale Greenlee. (GHM, Conference Room)
  • Short Story Workshop with Krystal Smith. This is a ticketed event. (GCC Conference Room)
  • The Novel Has A Plot — A panel discussion with Jamey Bradbury and Jessica Handler. Moderated by Steve Mitchell. (UC)
  • Marvel, Magic, and Mayhem — A panel discussion about comics with Brian Smith, Chris Giarrusso and Jeremy Whitley. Moderated by Drew Meyer. (LIB, Tannenbaum Sternberger Room)
  • Global Storytime with the Greensboro Montagnard Community and Casa Azul. (LIB, Children’s Area)
  • “The Music of What Happens” with Bill Konigsberg. (LIB, Nussbaum Room)

4:30 p.m.

  • Women, War, and West Point — A panel discussion with Heath Hardage Lee and Claire Gibson. (UC)
  • Language and Its Discontents — A panel discussion on poetry with Jim Whiteside, Ricardo Nazario y Colon and Cathryn Hankla. Moderated by Michael Basinski. (UC)
  • Write Now! — A panel discussion with Lamar Giles and Baptiste Paul. (LIB, Tannenbaum Sternberger Room)
  • You Can Judge a Book by its Cover — A panel discussion with Constance Lombardo, Vanessa Brantley-Newton and Frank Morrison. (LIB, Children’s Area)
  • Fearless Females of YA — A panel discussion with Amy Reed, Megan Shepherd and Brenda Rufener. (LIB, Nussbaum Room)

Sunday, May 19


  • “Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe” with Rebecca Erbelding. (GCC, Van Dyke)
  • Paris and the Prairie — A discussion with Liza Wieland and Michael Parker. (UC)

1:15 p.m.

  • “The Great Believers” with Rebecca Makkai. (GCC, Van Dyke)
  • Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses with Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato. (UC)
  • UNCG Writing Camp Refugee Writers Reading. (CVA)

3 p.m.

  • “No Walls and the Recurring Dream” — Ani DiFranco in conversation with Rhiannon Giddens. Free tickets available Friday. (HA)
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