Decatur Book Festival This Weekend!


The 8th annual Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest in the United States, is happening this weekend.  (The photo depicts the festival’s mascot, Bookzilla.)

One of the best things about the DBF is that you need park your car only once – or not at all, if you use MARTA to get to downtown Decatur and back; another Good Thing is that admission to all festival events is free.

The festival takes place all weekend long, so take a look at the festival’s website for a complete listing of festival events.

And don’t forget to make a pit stop at the book sale on the lawn in front of the main library in Decatur, starting at 9am on Saturday, August 31st.


Creative Loafing Highlights Atlanta’s Current Literary Landscape

Atlanta’s Creating Loafing examines various aspects of the city’s burgeoning activities for writers and readers.

One of the factoids embedded in CL’s series of features is the existence of an online calendar of local  literary events that was previously unknown to us: the calendar maintained by Kill Your Darlings ATL. We’ve herewith added it to the other calendars listed on the right-hand side of the blog you are reading.

Local Book Festival to Feature National Bestselling Authors

Two dozen fiction bestseller authors whose books have been recently added to collections of the Atlanta-Public Library System will be appearing this coming weekend at the Decatur Book Festival:

  • Kevin J. Anderson
  • Mary Kay Andrews   
  • Max Allan Collins      
  • Tanarive Due
  • Clyde Edgerton         
  • Melissa Fay Greene    
  • Jessica Handler                      
  • Patti Callahan Henry
  • Gregg Hurwitz
  • Joshilyn Jackson                     
  • Tayari Jones
  • Cameron McWhirter
  • Thomas Mullen
  • H.T. Narea
  • Elizabeth Nunez
  • George Pelecanos
  • Louise Penny
  • Tom Perrotta
  • Janisse Ray
  • Karin Slaughter
  • Jeffrey Stepakoff
  • James L. Swanson
  • Amy Waldman
  • Amanda Kyle Williams

If one of these authors is among your favorites, this weekend you can – for free and in person! – hear them read and/or be interviewed.

The festival’s full line-up of authors is here, and the full schedule is here.

Save the Date: The 2011 Decatur Book Festival

Here’s this year’s festival poster design, which, per usual features festival mascot Bookzilla.

Labor Day weekend is months away, but we wanted to mention it anyway, so local bibliophiles won’t forget the dates and inadvertently make plans to go out of town that weekend.

The lengthy roster of confirmed author appearances is here.

Found via Baby Got Books

Upcoming Author Appearances in the Atlanta Area

The fall “literary season” is already underway, and the following writers are headed to the Atlanta area during the next couple months:

  • Margaret Atwood
  • Billy Collins
  • Ken Follett
  • Nick Hornby
  • Salman Rushdie
  • David Sedaris

You can find details about these and other writers’ lectures and/or readings – most of them free and open to the public – by clicking on one or more of the Local Literary Calendars listed in the right-hand margin of this blog, and browsing through their October and November listings. And aAvid booklovers might want to consider bookmarking their favorite events calendar – Atlanta is a major stop, year-round, for authors on book promotion tours.