Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 9, for tickets to “An Edwardian Evening” on Friday, Sept. 27, with the author who helped inspired the PBS hit series “Downton Abbey.”
The 7 p.m. event at The Veridian Event Center, 309 South St. will feature English sweets, savories and a visit with Carol McD. Wallace, who co-authored “To Marry an English Lord,” one of the inspirations for “Downton Abbey.” Wallace will also sell and sign her book. Event co-sponsor Ozarks Public Television, which airs the popular British series, and the Between Friends Gift Shops will also provide gift baskets for prize drawings.
Tickets are $20 for students; $25 for non-students, and are available at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.; the Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd.; and the Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square. Cash or checks only; limit eight tickets per person.
“An Edwardian Evening” is the kick-off event for “Wordfest,” a two-day Celebration of “Words – Written, Spoken, Sung.” It is the only ticketed event; all other Wordfest events are free.
Events run Friday, Sept. 27 through Saturday, Sept. 28, at 12 venues in downtown Springfield, and feature a 6:30 p.m. Friday Quentin Tarantino Adult Spelling Bee at Mother’s Brewing Co.; guest talks by authors Kate Klise, Brian Katcher, Lori Copeland, Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge; talks and performances by author/songwriter Michael “Supe” Granda of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jody Bilyeu of the former Big Smith band and Inge Chiles of Plaid Dragon.
Family events on Saturday include visits by young-adult authors and workshops. Missouri State University’s College of Arts and Letters will also demonstrate how to create a book and operate a letterpress at Brick City. MSU will provide a Saturday shuttle from the Square to events at Brick City.
Saturday’s events conclude with a 7 p.m. panel of the keynote authors reading from their work and an audience Q&A at the old Fox Theater, the new addition to the History Museum on the Square.
Wordfest is funded by the Missouri Humanities Council and the former Missouri Literary Festival, with support from Ozarks Public Television, College of Arts & Letters/Missouri State University and the Springfield-Greene County Library District.
For a complete schedule of Wordfest events, go to wordfestsgf.wordpress.com; pick up a copy of the library’s calendar of events, Bookends; or go to thelibrary.org/programs and click on the fall Bookends icon. Also visit Wordfest at facebook.com/wordfest.thelibrary.org.
For ticket information or more details, call Community Relations at 616-0564 or 616-0566.
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