For many years, area book-lovers had yearned for opportunities to connect with fellow readers, writers, storytellers, and publishers. A few years ago, a collective group of Green Bay area volunteers with diverse backgrounds in the literary arts, community planning, and education decided to try and organize an event to make that happen. What resulted was the 2017 inaugural UntitledTown Book and Author Festival. The ambitious three-day event brought readers and writers together for free readings, discussions, panels, workshops, a book expo, and other events at venues in Downtown Green Bay.
The hugely successful 2017 event led to similarly successful festivals in 2018 and 2019. Plans were underway for a 2020 festival, but like everything else, it was canceled due to the pandemic.
To regain the momentum of the earlier festivals, the organizers took the opportunity to explore and initiate a partnership with the Friends of the Brown County Library.
“UntitledTown’s partnership with the Friends of the Brown County Library opens up new opportunities to connect our community with the types of literary experiences we know they want,” said Amy Mazzariello, owner of Lion’s Mouth Bookstore and an original founder of UntitledTown. “Working with Brown County Library, Lion’s Mouth Bookstore, and others as additional partners, UntitledTown’s new chapter promises to be the best and most thrilling yet.”
“The Friends of the Brown County Library is proud to partner with UntitledTown to offer these exciting and engaging literary experiences,” said Sherrill Revolinski, Friends of the Brown County Library Board President. “Supporting literary arts is vital to our education and learning; the Friends are enthusiastic for this opportunity.”
This new community partnership was able to get UntitledTown back on track with the August 2021 “UntitledTown: The Comeback Event” (see flyer here), a one day celebration of reading, writing, and stories. The event featured almost twenty authors, including Miranda and Baptiste Paul, Nickolas Butler, Patricia Skalka, Amanda Skenandore, Pao Lor, and Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.
Upcoming UntitledTown Events
Since the 2021 Comeback Event, UntitledTown has been holding numerous activities, including writing workshops, book launches, book readings and signings, and book discussions held by UntitledTown's own Page Turners Book Club.
To find news of upcoming UntitledTown events:
either go to the Friends List of Events on this website's homepage,
or visit the UntitledTown Facebook Page
The Friends of the Brown County Library is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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