Upcoming Zoom Lectures on The History of the Book

The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, located on Georgia Tech’s campus in Atlanta, is sponsoring a series of three FREE lectures beginning NEXT TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021.

Information about the three-part lecture series, and a link to register, is here.

Hat-tip to Wynne, with the Friends of the Alphabet, Atlanta’s Calligraphy Guild


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.

Midtown Book Club Now in Its 7th Year

The Midtown Book Club, sponsored by the Midtown Neighbors Association, was established in 2006.

Midtown resident Sherri Caldwell’s description of the club is here, and a list of the books the club has read – with each title rated from one to five stars – is here.

The club meets the second Wednesday of each month from 8-10pm upstairs at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 5th Street and Spring Street, and welcomes new members.

You can find out more about the club at its Yahoo Groups page here.

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.

Save the Date? The 2012 National Book Festival

…takes place annually on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The Los Angeles Times has details about some of the writers who will be featured this year.

Happily, like the local annual Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend, the National Book Festival scheduled for September 22-23, is free and open to the public.

Unhappily, Washington DC isn’t exactly “local” for Atlanta booklovers.

Still, if you’re going to be in the DC area in September, or could plan to be there then, you might consider coordinating your plans to be able to take in the festival. And if you’re going to be in the New York City area the weekend of September 23-25, maybe you can pop in at the Brooklyn Book Festival?

There’s an official National Book Festival website, of course.


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.