Untitled Town Book and Author Festival suspended

UW-Green Bay is closely connected to the Untitled Town Book and Author Festival through the many members of its faculty, staff, students and alumni who serve as organizers and board members and as volunteers and financial supporters of the event. The event has been suspended. The following is a statement from UntitledTown Book and Author Festival’s Board of Directors:

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival thrives because of three values: inclusivity, accessibility and connection. We are a true “People’s Festival,” and our theme for 2020 is “Community.”

It is for these reasons that we are suspending our April Festival, with hopes to reschedule events at a later time.

We regret any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause for our supporters, attendees and participants.

Simply put, we want all readers and writers of all ages to feel safe and welcomed at our events—and we want to do what’s best for our community. In the words of Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich: “We must pull together by staying a little farther apart, recognizing the importance of being overly cautious in order to keep our most vulnerable family members, friends and neighbors safe.”

Our organizers are working on options for bringing together readers and writers at another time. We urge you to follow our social media, newsletter and website for updates.

In the meantime, we urge you to support the writers whose livelihoods depend on book festival appearances and book tours. Buy a book, if you have the means to do so. Donate books to care facilities. Read to someone over the phone. Use the power of stories and poems to close distances, soothe fears, discover ideas and venture outward—because this is how we keep our connections strong and vibrant.

About the Festival: Born in a local coffee shop, UntitledTown Book and Author Festival debuted in 2016 to promote book and storytelling culture through writing workshops, publishing panels and readings by local and world-renowned authors like Margaret Atwood, R.L. Stine, Roxane Gay and Walter Mosley. Now an annual “People’s Festival,” the event draws thousands of word-makers of all ages and expertise to Green Bay for a four-day weekend. Nearly all of the 100+ Festival events are free and open to the public.

UntitledTown fundraiser #SpillsTheTea, offers art for your donations 

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival is halfway to its fundraising goal, and along the way, acclaimed authors are offering rewards for lucky donors. To reach the $3,000 mark, CAHSS dean and award-winning writer Chuck Rybak offered to write a poem inspired by donors’ topics: chicken fingers, the anthropocene, and the band Neutral Milk Hotel. The result is posted on the UntitledTown Facebook page.
Other writers are “spilling the tea”—revealing writerly secrets.To attract 15 new donors, Wisconsin Strange author BJ Hollars spilled the tea about the secret reason William Faulkner wrote in the 1940s. Other revelations to come— in exchange for donations—include bestselling novelist Jamie Ford spilling the tea on his quirky writing process, and Star Wars comics writer Mike Moreci revealing how to get a job like his.
-On Saturday, all donors will be entered into a drawing to win limited-edition giclee prints by beloved children’s author Rosemary Wells. creator of Max & Ruby.
-On Sunday, award-wining writer and UWGB Professor Rebecca Meacham will offer one lucky donor the naming rights to a character in her Wisconsin-set novel about the Peshtigo fire.
-Meacham, who is also UntitledTown board president and organizer of the fundraiser, is thrilled that the call to fund Festival events is generating even more art and conversation. “These are creative, cool incentives to keep Green Bay’s only Book and Author Festival free for all ages,” she says. “And what great show of support for both our city, and our arts, from donors and renowned authors alike.”
The fundraiser ends on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Businesses and organizations are also encouraged to donate. Follow all the fun on UntitledTown’s Faceook page and donate here.
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UntitledTown Book and Author Festival needs your support

The UntitledTown GoFundMe campaign is live! Untitled Town needs YOU to help meet its goal of $15,000 so that organizers can keep the annual festival alive for years to come, and so that they can continue to provide more than 100 free events for the community every April.

Wondering which authors you will be able to meet at this year’s festival? Head to the Untitled Town blog to read more about this year’s headliners, and keep an eye out for the complete UntitledTown schedule in mid-March.

Want to know more about how your donation helps the community? Download the Untitled Town 2019 Community Impact Report here! Many UW-Green Bay alumni, faculty and staff are deeply involved in the event—the largest book and author festival in the region.

Come see some great authors at UntitledTown 2020 and donate to help the cause

UntitledTown is getting closer! UW-Green Bay has many organizers and partners. Events will take place from Thursday, April 23 to Sunday, April 26, 2020. In order to bring top talent to the community for free, the festival relies on generous donations from the community. A Leap Day fundraiser starts on Saturday, Feb. 29, and the goal is to raise $15,000. Please donate if you can.

The 2020 Festival theme is “community,” which raises questions of identity, art, citizenship, caretaking and craft-making for readers and writers in Northeastern WisconsinProgramming will include stories of adoptive families, domestic violence survivors and immigrant experiences.

In anticipation for the full schedule of 100+ readings, workshops, panels and discussion for all ages to be revealed in March, here’s a reminder of the headliners that will be at UntitledTown for this year’s festival:

Top Ten Headliners of 2020
– For Young Readers

Rosemary Wells: illustrator and writer creator of “Max & Ruby” series about quarrelsome sibling bunnies published 120 children’s books over 40 years

Jonah Larson: seventh grader from La Crosse, Wisconsincrochet prodigy • author of Hello, Crochet Friends!: Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happyappearances on “The Today Show,” NPR youngest-ever UntitledTown Festival headliner

-Adult Nonfiction
Lulu Miller: science journalist co-founder Invisibilia, an NPR program about unseen forces of human behavior founding producer of Radiolab podcast first book, Why Fish Don’t Exist—about nature, science, history, and Miller’s experiences— debuts in April 2020

Donna Hylton: author, A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound advocate for incarcerated women and girls and the impact of prison on communities featured speaker at 2017 Women’s March

Adult Fiction
Tayari Jones: novelist, author of An American Marriage, which was selected for Barack Obama’s 2018 year-end reading list and Oprah’s Book Club, and won the international 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction

Laila Lalami: novelist, author of The Other Americans, a 2019 finalist for the National Book Award forthcomingnonfiction exploration of immigrant and American identity, Conditional Citizens, debuts in April 2020

Lisa Wingate: author, historical fiction novel about black-market adoption, Before We Were Yours, sold over 2 million copies and spent 54 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list next novel, The Book of Lost Friends, debuts in April 2020

Peter Geye: novelist, author of Minnesota-set family epics novel, Wintering, won the Minnesota Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award • final book in Lake Superior trilogy, Northernmost, debuts in April 2020

Poetry/Spoken-Word Performance
Dasha Kelly Hamilton: Poet Laureate of Milwaukee Arts Envoy for the US Embassy performed on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam commissioned production, Makin’ Cake, is making a national tour author of four books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

José Olivarez: debut collection, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award, winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize, and selected by the New York Public Library and National Public Radio as a best book of 2018 • next book, BreakBeat Poets: Latinext, re-mixes the soundtrack of the Latinx diaspora in poetry, and debuts in April 2020

Ten top talents of UntitledTown 2020 revealed

Note: This press release originated Dec. 18, 2019, from UntitledTown Book and Author Festival.
Green Bay, WI – A beloved children’s writer, a science podcaster, bestselling novelists, award-winning slam poets, and the Festival’s youngest-ever author will headline UntitledTown Book and Author Festival in Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 23-26, 2020.

Several headliners will debut new books at the Festival. Two events are sponsored in part by a 2019 Packers Foundation Impact Grant.

Festival Theme
The 2020 Festival theme of “Community” raises questions of identity, art, citizenship, caretaking, and craft-making for readers and writers in Northeastern Wisconsin. Programming includes stories of adoptive families, domestic violence survivors, and immigrant experiences. The Festival’s popular youth events will include writing workshops for Spanish-speaking youth.

Headliners will address such questions as:

  • What does “community” mean in the United States in 2020?
  • How are communities formed?
  • Who sets community standards?
  • How can we overcome forces of isolation and exile?
  • How can reading and writing serve our communities?

Top Ten Headliners of 2020
– For Young Readers

Rosemary Wells: illustrator and writer creator of “Max & Ruby” series about quarrelsome sibling bunnies published 120 children’s books over 40 years

Jonah Larson: seventh grader from La Crosse, Wisconsincrochet prodigy • author of Hello, Crochet Friends!: Making Art, Being Mindful, Giving Back: Do What Makes You Happyappearances on “The Today Show,” NPR youngest-ever UntitledTown Festival headliner

-Adult Nonfiction
Lulu Miller: science journalist co-founder Invisibilia, an NPR program about unseen forces of human behavior founding producer of Radiolab podcast first book, Why Fish Don’t Exist—about nature, science, history, and Miller’s experiences— debuts in April 2020

Donna Hylton: author, A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound advocate for incarcerated women and girls and the impact of prison on communities featured speaker at 2017 Women’s March

Adult Fiction
Tayari Jones: novelist, author of An American Marriage, which was selected for Barack Obama’s 2018 year-end reading list and Oprah’s Book Club, and won the international 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction

Laila Lalami: novelist, author of The Other Americans, a 2019 finalist for the National Book Award forthcomingnonfiction exploration of immigrant and American identity, Conditional Citizens, debuts in April 2020

Lisa Wingate: author, historical fiction novel about black-market adoption, Before We Were Yours, sold over 2 million copies and spent 54 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list next novel, The Book of Lost Friends, debuts in April 2020

Peter Geye: novelist, author of Minnesota-set family epics novel, Wintering, won the Minnesota Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award • final book in Lake Superior trilogy, Northernmost, debuts in April 2020

Poetry/Spoken-Word Performance
Dasha Kelly Hamilton: Poet Laureate of Milwaukee Arts Envoy for the US Embassy performed on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam commissioned production, Makin’ Cake, is making a national tour author of four books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

José Olivarez: debut collection, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award, winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize, and selected by the New York Public Library and National Public Radio as a best book of 2018 • next book, BreakBeat Poets: Latinext, re-mixes the soundtrack of the Latinx diaspora in poetry, and debuts in April 2020

About UntitledTown 2020
UntitledTown’s fourth Festival takes place on April 23-26, 2020 in the city of Green Bay. For updates on the full schedule, see www.untitledtown.org.

About the Festival
Born in a local coffee shop, UntitledTown Book and Author Festival debuted in 2016 to promote book and storytelling culture through writing workshops, publishing panels, and readings by local and world-renowned authors like Margaret Atwood, R.L. Stine, Roxane Gay, and Walter Mosley. Now an annual “People’s Festival,” the event draws thousands of word-makers of all ages and expertise to Green Bay for a four-day weekend. Nearly all of the 100+ Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Reminder: Top headliners for UntitledTown named Dec. 18

UntitledTown will reveal 10 of its 2020 Festival headliners on Dec. 18, 2019 at Lion’s Mouth Bookstore, 401 N Washington St Ste 107, Green Bay, WI 54301. The announcement is expected to include bestselling novelists, award-winning slam poets, a beloved children’s series author, an NPR science podcaster—and the Festival’s youngest-ever headliner, a middle-schooler who has achieved viral and international fame.

The Top Ten Talents announcement event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees will be able to make donations to the Festival’s fundraising campaign and purchase headliner books on site.

About UntitledTown 2020.

UntitledTown’s fourth Festival takes place on April 23-26, 2020 in downtown Green Bay. For updates on the full schedule, click here.

Rebecca Meacham recieves check from Green Bay Packers Founcation for UntiledTown

UntitledTown receives grant from Green Bay Packers

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, the Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded a record $1 million to 192 civic and charitable groups across Wisconsin as part of its annual distribution of grants. UntitledTown, an annual book and author festival in Green Bay, was awarded one of the grants, which was accepted by UW-Green Bay Prof. and co-president of UntitledTown Rebecca Meacham (English and Humanities). Prof. Cristina Ortiz (Humanities) and Diversity Director, Mai J Lo Lee, also serve on the board.

Although not officially a University event, UW-Green Bay faculty, students and alumni devote a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy to the annual Book and Author Festival.

Will the help of the Packers’ grant, the Festival will seek to expand community in April 2020 with two undervoiced populations of Northeast Wisconsin. First, to address the stories of victims of domestic violence and to showcase the stories of Latinx people of the Great Lakes.

The festival, now in its fourth year, has realized the power of community storytelling through the 4,000 to 6,000 attended each year who participate in the 100-plus free readings and writing workshops by both legendary talents and local writers. The “dream outcome,” according to Meacham, is a “whole slew of new and meaningful stories being published and hitting the libraries of our areas so others could be inspired, find hope and connect with communities.” For the announcement of headliners and a full line-up of events, see 2020.untitledtown.org.

Ten of its 2020 Festival headliners will be revealed on Dec. 18, 2019 at Lion’s Mouth Bookstore, 401 N. Washington St., Ste 107, Green Bay.

The announcement is expected to include bestselling novelists, award-winning slam poets, a beloved children’s series author, an NPR science podcaster—and the Festival’s youngest-ever headliner, a middle-schooler who has achieved viral and international fame.

The next UntitledTown event is taking place from April 23-26, 2020 in Green Bay.

Top ten talents of UntitledTown 2020 Book Festival to be revealed Dec. 18

The Book and Author Festival that welcomed a puppeteering Margaret Atwood will reveal ten of its 2020 Festival headliners on Dec. 18, 2019 at Lion’s Mouth Bookstore, 401 N Washington St Ste 107, Green Bay, WI 54301.

The announcement is expected to include bestselling novelists, award-winning slam poets, a beloved children’s series author, an NPR science podcaster—and the Festival’s youngest-ever headliner, a middle-schooler who has achieved viral and international fame.

The Top Ten Talents announcement event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees will be able to make donations to the Festival’s fundraising campaign and purchase headliner books on site.

About UntitledTown 2020.

UntitledTown’s fourth Festival takes place on April 23-26, 2020 in downtown Green Bay. For updates on the full schedule, click here.

About the Festival.

Born in a local coffee shop, UntitledTown Book and Author Festival debuted in 2016 to promote book and storytelling culture through writing workshops, publishing panels and readings by world-class authors like Margaret Atwood, R.L. Stine, Roxane Gay and Walter Mosley. Now an annual “People’s Festival,” the event draws thousands of word-makers of all ages and expertise to downtown Green Bay for a four-day weekend. Nearly all of the 100+ Festival events are free and open to the public.

It’s free! Author Walter Mosley in final UntitledTown event Saturday, May 11

The Walter Mosley event was postponed due to travel delays, but it has been rescheduled for this Saturday, May 11, 7 p.m., at the KI convention center Ballroom A2. It’s free! Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  More here.

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UntitledTown: ‘You couldn’t ask for a better book fest’

UW-Green Bay photographers managed to hit some of the hot spots for last weekend’s UntitledTown Book and Author Festival. Headliner Michael Moreci had this to say in a tweet: “…this needs to be shouted from the rooftops: You couldn’t ask for a better book fest. The organizers, the events, the programming—everything is beyond excellent. I’m so grateful to be part of this!” In the featured photo, left to right, Prof. Dagni Bredesen (editor of Ruth the Betrayer, from Valancourt Books, Keshena Hanson and Associate Prof. Rebecca Nesvet at the UntitledTown panel event, “Hard Boiled Heroines: Women Characters in Mystery and Crime Fiction.”

Click to advance slideshow or view the album on Flickr.

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– Photos by Liesl Sigourney and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication