(Photo credits: Kara Counard, Mark Hawkins, Chris Rand, Dan Moore)

News & Events

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival 2018

Thanks to our title sponsors, Breakthrough Fuel and Crystal Clear Resources, the 2018 UntitledTown Book and Author Festival featured presenters reach deep into contemporary conversations, entertain in ways that make people think, and explore thought-provoking conversations that range from important issues like the immigrant experience to scientific philosophical ones, like the many indignities of being dead.

The Festival kicks off on the evening of Thursday, April 19, with humorous science writer Mary Roach, whose newest book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, dives into the science of soldiers. Roach’s appearance is co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay, as part of the UW-System-wide Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium.

Friday, April 20, features two events by R.L. Stine, the Guinness World Record-bestselling author of the children’s horror series Goosebumps. Stine’s morning audience will be comprised solely of regional elementary school students. On Friday evening, fans of all ages will enjoy “An Evening with R.L. Stine.”

Throughout the full festival weekend, our featured authors will offer readings and book signings, including Roxane Gay, the acclaimed author of the essay collections Bad Feminist and Hunger, and who recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, writing a comic series in the Black Panther universe. We are also thrilled to host  Christopher Moore, the author of 15 wildly popular novels of paranormal irreverence, whose new novel, Noir, hits bookshelves the week the Festival.

Joining the Festival line-up is Green Bay-born author Kristen Radtke, whose memoir Imagine Wanting Only This includes the story of an ancestor who survived the 1871 Peshtigo fire. Wisconsin cartoonist and celebrated author Lynda Barry will lead one of her celebrated workshops that blends drawing and creativity with storytelling.

Returning to the Festival are authors Miranda Paul, Dan Chaon, and Michael Perry, whose events were highlights at the inaugural 2017 Festival.

Other featured authors at this year’s Festival include National Book Award Finalist, poet, and YouTube sensation Danez Smith; and Hillary Jordan,author of Mudbound, a novel about race, PTSD, and WWII veterans that has recently become an Academy Award-nominated movie starring Mary J. Blige.

This year, the Festival has nearly doubled in size and scope. The 2018 Festival’s 150 events for the public include workshops, panels, craft talks, and readings offered by writers, editors, arts advocates, and educators.

The complete schedule and details for individual events will be released on March 6th.

UntitledTown Book and Author Festival 2018 — We’re open for pitches!

The call for pitches for the 2018 Festival is closed. If you’re interested in participating in the future, please subscribe to our newsletter so that you receive our 2019 call for pitches!

Greetings from UntitledTown!

We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer. Here in UntitledTown, we’ve kicked off our shoes and curled our toes in the grass, and we’ve donned eclipse glasses to cheer for the moon, and we’ve donned sunglasses to flip through Beach Reads, and—

Oh, who are we kidding?! We’ve spent our whole summer planning the 2018 UntitledTown Book and Author Festival! We just can’t wait to do it all again!

Join us!

If you are an author, editor, agent, illustrator, designer, or community arts activist, and you wish to participate as a presenter or author at UntitledTown Book and Author Festival 2018, hit the button and tell us all about yourself!

    Or view news from our last festival here »