For me, Labor Day is not the signal that fall is coming, or that school is back in session. It’s not a last chance to go to the beach or joyfully prance about in white shoes. No, no. Labor Day is all about books and more specifically The AJC Decatur Book Festival.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the US. It brings more than 300 authors (from all genres and all parts of the country) to Decatur (just outside Atlanta) for the holiday weekend. The authors give readings, talks, participate in panel discussions and sign books. There are tons of kids events, vendors selling cool stuff, and loads of yummy food available. You gotta pay for your food, but all the author events are FREE! What could be better?
This year, the Keynote Speakers are Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) and acclaimed illustrator Carson Ellis, the nationally renowned pair behind a new book of bravery and adventure for families, kids, and adults alike: Wildwood. You’ll also get to meet lots of the wonderful authors featured here on Midtown Review like Jennifer Haigh, Anna Jean Mayhew, Wendy Wax, Karen White, Mary Kay Andrews, Jeffrey Stepakoff, Lisa McMann, Terra McEvoy and more! For a full list and schedule you’ll want to go the official festival website at http://www.DecaturBookFestival.com.
If you want to catch up with me at the festival, I will be moderating several talks throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday. Here’s where to find me (and some of the Midtown Review Book Club Regulars!):
- Faith & Submission, Saturday, 11:15 at Decatur Conference Center Stage (Ballroom A)
- Pairs with Pens, Saturday, 4:15 at Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage
- Teen Protagonists in Grown Up Fiction, Sunday, 1:15 at The Old Courthouse
- … Sitting in A Tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G, Sunday, 2:30 at Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage
- Southern Family Drama, Sunday, 3:45 at The Old Courthouse
- Summer Loving: Books for Your Beach Bag, Sunday, 5:00 at First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage
I hope to see you all there!
— Dana Barrett, Managing Editor