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Mark your calendars. And remember for posterity. Today Seattle lost its only festival dedicated to the advocacy and celebration of all things independent literature.

An email from APRIL director of marketing Frances Chiem broke the sad news. "After spending the last half-decade as arts organizers, we feel we need to spend more time on our own creative work and pay more attention to our endlessly patient families," it reads.

In other words, planning, curating and funding an annual, nonprofit arts event is very hard (and year-round) work. After five successful runs for Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature that featured some of the more memorable (and riotous) events for book worms in the city, the small team behind the fest—including founders Tara Atkinson and Willie Fitzgerald—are ready to move on.

But not without one final party. While APRIL 2016 was the last full, week-long festival, there are plans for a goodbye party on April 1, 2017—interestingly, the first (and last) APRIL event to actually take place in April. The sendoff will include a closing iteration of the fan-favorite Poet, Playwright, Novelist and Drag Queen competition and readings from some as-yet-unnamed favorite authors, all underneath an actual circus tent.

While this is undoubtably sad news, huge congratulations to the team for five amazing years. 

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