It is year two of the Untitledtown Book and Author Festival–the second-largest book event in the state.
“When you come to Untitledtown, you become a part of something bigger than you, and that inspires you to action,” said Brian Simons, the fundraising chairperson for Untitledtown. “And the action we’re looking for is people reading.”
The written word has a power that many could already speak to.
“It’s made me grow as a person,” said Krynn Hanold, a student at UWGB. “Just reading all these different stories–fiction, nonfiction.”
Her best sales pitch for recommending others to dabble in recreational reading is that ‘the book is always better than the movie.’
“No offense to the actors out there, but my imagination can come up with the character and it’s just perfect in my mind,” she said. “And then I see the movie and it’s just not as good.”
Green Bay is a city hungry for more cultural events, and there is a deeper reason why: home-grown enlightenment.
“If we inspire kids to continue reading and continue to fall in love with education, we don’t have to import anyone,” said Simons. “We have talent here–we currently have talent here–and that’s also a piece of this is let’s keep them here.”
The standout attraction tomorrow is a visit from Goosebumps author R.L. Stine at the Weidner Center.
For a schedule of events, click here.