by Lori Helke
Not only will there be many 30-minute author signings (view the schedule here and don’t forget to check back often for some surprise announcements!), festival merchandise and books available for purchase, but also there will be an abundance of vendors to visit, chat, and purchase great books from!
The Book Fair is a great time to ask questions and gather information from your favorite local resources, whether you are a reader or writer.
Here’s a list of vendors I’m looking forward to connecting with at this year’s Book Fair. This list is just a sampling of the nearly 40 vendors from all genres to come see at the UntitledTown Books Fair this year.
WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio). WPR is a huge supporter of literature. If you go to the WPR website and type “books” in the search, you come up with 5129 results! That’s a whole lot of information on books! Just about all their programming contains shows about authors and books whether it’s interviews, reviews, lists of must reads, or anything else to do with literature! As a rural mail carrier, my radio is usually set to WPR during my route to listen to shows like Chapter A Day, because WPR is a perfect resource for information for the media side of literature.
Babs Smith—Author Day Tripping: Kayak Wisconsin Door County Peninsula. As a travel blogger, I am always looking for books about things to do in my home state of Wisconsin. I love connecting with fellow travel writers. Not only for the business of travel writing, but as a reader looking for things to do. Now that I am a beginning kayaker, this one is now on my reading list.
Bea Seidl—Author Orphan Doors. I read this book a couple of years ago and promptly suggested it to friends that are readers. This Green Bay author’s memoir about her traumatic childhood experience of being dropped off and spending 8 years at St Joseph’s Orphanage in the 1940’s is a gripping tale of surviving abandonment and ultimately going on a journey to find love and joy.
Friends Of The Brown County Library. I love libraries! Libraries do so much for the community. Not just a place to go and check out books, libraries hold events such as readings, book groups, and community outreach. The Friends of the Library is an organization that knows the value of the library and is dedicated to its ongoing improvement ensuring the library a continuing resource for all of Brown County. Plus, they’re also a wonderful sponsor of Untitledtown Book and Author Festival! At Book Fair, you can find out what they do and how to join.
Rex Owens, Author of the Irish Troubles Series. When I travel to places, I love to search out books either fiction or nonfiction about the places I visit. Rex Owens and his Irish Trouble series (Murphy’s Troubles, Out Of Darkness, and available April 24th, Dead Reckoning) are now on my reading list. I am taking my first trip to Ireland later this year, and I am just beginning to dive into Ireland’s history.
John Maino—Author Frontlines Volumes I,II, and III. Long-time residents of Northeast Wisconsin know John Maino as a radio and TV personality, but did you know he wrote three books dedicated to telling the stories of WWII veterans? His three books, Frontlines: World War II, Frontlines Volume II: The Pacific, and Frontlines Volume III: European Theater Of Operations, feature stories straight from the heart of Wisconsin Veterans who were eager to tell their stories so future generations could learn of what it was like to serve in the Great War. Maino’s passion for the subject stems from filling a void in the media where these stories needed to be told.
When you have a break from all the other workshops and events going on at the festival, take a trolley ride to the Broadway Center for UntitledTown’s Book Fair!