Where is the Book and Author Festival typically held?
The Festival is held in venues all over Downtown Green Bay (mostly), in 10-14 different places, depending on how you count them. There are two reasons for this: 1.) there is not a single venue in the city that is large enough to contain UntitledTown, and 2.) showing off Downtown Green Bay is our (not so) secret agenda.
That’s a lot of ground to cover! How do people get around?
Take the UTA! Usually, UntitledTown Transit Authority offers 1 or 2 trolleys circulating around Festival venues on Saturday and Sunday. We also try to ensure that our events are fully accessible to attendees of all abilities.
What events can I find at UntitledTown Book and Author Festival?
In 2018, we hosted about 179 separate sessions for readers and writers of all ages and experiences. Our Festivals have included headliners like Margaret Atwood, R.L. Stine, Roxane Gay, Christopher Moore, Danez Smith, Kristen Radtke, and many others. We offer free events for readers, writers, kids, writers interested in publishing their work, and interactive or performance based events. You may still find a list of past (2018) events at untitledtown.org/schedule.
Are Festival events free?
Due to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, all but one event in 2018 was free and open to the public.
Do attendees need to register for the Festival?
Yes, but it’s free! Registering for the Festival is important, first its a condition for some grants, but primarily it means that we can reach out to you to learn how to make a better Festival next year. We listened to and incorporated a lot of the feedback we receive from attendees and authors, and UTBAF 2019 will be better for it. Registration tables are easy to find at our venues.
Do I need tickets to events?
For most sessions, no. For those that do require tickets to ensure everyone gets a seat, we offer ticketing through Eventbrite. For these events, we also offer priority access to author signings.
What does “priority access” mean?
Just that. Authors are human beings and there are limits to how many books they are able to sign. In the case of very popular authors like 2018 Festival headliner R.L. Stine, for example, the demand was likely to overwhelm his signing arm. Priority access means that you get in line first. If you have a free, general admission ticket, you can still get in line, but you may not be able to get your book signed.
Do I need to sign up for workshops?
Yes—mostly. Because most workshops have limited seating, we use the same ticketing system to manage workshop signup. All of the workshops are free.
Were there any food-related events in 2018?
In 2018, we offered Brunch with Michael Perry at Gather on Broadway for a $50 donation. This fundraiser included a hearty Wisconsin farm breakfast buffet prepared by Chef Jyll and, naturally, a talk by Michael Perry.
I have so many other questions —how can I participate as a writer? Can my kids do stuff? How do I volunteer for the next Festival?