Garrison Keillor Book Festival Appearance Canceled After Outcry

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An look by Garrison Keillor, former host of A Prairie Home Companion, at a Vermont ebook competition has been canceled after public outcry.

Burlington Book Festival founding director Rick Kisonak confirmed to Vermont Public Radio that the Oct. 14 fundraising occasion wouldn't happen.

Festival organizers have confronted criticism over the scheduled look of the 76-year-old public radio character accused of sexual harassment.

Last November, Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with Keillor over the accusations.

Keillor has denied the allegations.

Festival founding director Rick Kisonak wrote in an e-mail that “the sudden response on social media made it obvious some individuals seen his reserving as our condoning of sexual harassment.” He says “nothing might be farther from the reality.”