Statement from the UntitledTown Book and Author Festival Board
March 12, 2020
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.