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.
(Please note that due to global warming a particular migration of birds is occurring a month earlier than expected creating a conflict for Roach. The Thursday night keynoter will now be Nicholas Carr.
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.