Saturday, March 31 – UCF Book Festival
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
North Gemini Blvd., Bldg. 50
With the constant bombardment of news feeds, tumbled articles and YouTube videos, it’s easy to forget about the older (and much lengthier) form of communication: the book. Consider this weekend’s book festival at UCF a perfect opportunity to get back in touch with your literary side. Start the day with New York Times bestselling author James McBride and his musical lecture (think Ted.com) titled “The Liberal Arts Life: From Jazz to Journalism to Novel to Script.” After that, move on to a sample platter of presentations like “Who Put the Thrill in Thriller,” “The Beauty and Power of Hip Hop” and “Killing People in Exotic Places” (wait, what?). If the lectures and academia get too heavy, take a break with foodie presentations by the guys from Yum Yum Cupcake Truck and Isabella Morgia di Vicari. And who knows, maybe leaving behind the cat videos to mingle with some writers will help foster the inspiration you need to finally write that novel you’ve been dreaming of. – Leanna Robinson