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Garrison Keillor’s Vermont appearance canceled after outcry

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An appearance by Garrison Keillor at a Vermont book festival has been canceled after public outcry.

Burlington Book Festival Founding Director Rick Kisonak confirmed to Vermont Public Radio that the Oct. 14 fundraising event would not take place.

Festival organizers have faced criticism over the scheduled appearance of the 76-year-old former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” who has been accused of sexual harassment.

Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with Keillor last November because of the accusations.

Keillor has denied the allegations.

Festival founding director Rick Kisonak wrote in an email that “the unexpected reaction on social media made it apparent some people viewed his booking as our condoning of sexual harassment.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.

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