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Join us for Wordfest, a celebration of Words – Written, Spoken, Sung

The Library and partners are going to celebrate words in their many forms at Wordfest on Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, in venues throughout downtown Springfield. Free events will feature talks, performances and workshops by wordsmiths of all kinds – authors, songwriters and poets.

All events except Friday’s “An Edwardian Evening” are free. All events are open to the public, some are for over age 21.

Wordfest is funded by the Missouri Humanities Council and the former Missouri Literary Festival, with additional support from Ozarks Public Television, the Springfield-Greene County Libraries and the College of Arts & Letters/Missouri State University.

Here’s what’s happening:

Love “Downton Abbey”?
See Carol McD. Wallace

This author of 21 books also co-authored “To Marry an English Lord,” which helped inspire TV series creator Julian Fellowes to write the PBS hit, “Downton Abbey.”

Wallace will be the guest speaker during “An Edwardian Evening” from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at The Veridian Event Center, 309 South Ave. The night includes English sweets and savories, and prizes courtesy of Between Friends Gift Shops and Ozarks Public Television, which airs “Downton Abbey.” Wallace will also sell and sign her book.

Tickets are required for this event; seating is limited. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for non-students, and are available at the Library Center, Brentwood Branch and Park Central Branch libraries. Limit eight tickets per person. Cash or check only. For information call 616-0564 or 616-0566.

“To Marry an English Lord” is the nonfiction account of American heiresses who moved to England around the turn of the century to marry into the British aristocracy. Wallace co-wrote the book in the 80s, and it was republished in 2012 after “Downton Abbey” creator Fellowes noted it was one of his inspirations.

Meet our other featured wordsmiths during Wordfest on Saturday, Sept. 28:

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, Sept. 27

Saturday, Sept. 28

The MSU shuttle service will be provided from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Park Central Square and Brick City.

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Wordfest is a project of the Library, with grants from the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Literary Festival; and support from community partners Ozarks Public Television and the College of Arts and Letters, Missouri State University.

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