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Vermont book festival cancels Garrison Keillor’s appearance

Garrison Keillor has been assused of sexual harassment.
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Garrison Keillor has been assused of sexual harassment.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — An appearance by Garrison Keillor, former host of ‘‘A Prairie Home Companion,’’ 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 fund-raising event would not take place.

Festival organizers have faced criticism over the scheduled appearance of the 76-year-old public radio personality accused of sexual harassment.

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

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Keillor has denied the allegations.

Kisonak wrote in an e-mail that ‘‘the unexpected reaction on social media made it apparent some people viewed his booking as our condoning of sexual harassment.” He said, “Nothing could be further from the truth.’’