Here in Decatur, a small city right next to downtown Atlanta, August means two things—back to school, which is this week, and the Decatur Book Festival. Now going on its third year, this event has become one of the biggest annual literary events in the South with over 250 Authors and 75,000 attendees. Every Labor Day weekend, the Festival takes over Decatur, filling downtown with tents housing publishers, booksellers, and authors, as well as perennial fair favorites such as food vendors, folk artists, and musicians. Authors speak, participate in group panel discussions and sign books all day Saturday and Sunday on any one of seventeen stages and venues.
What’s crazy is the range of genres represented. There’s plenty of writers and poets both local and national in attendance who write everything from Literary Fiction to SF/Fantasy, Mystery/Crime, Nonfiction, Romance, Cookbooks--you name the genre, the Festival’s got it covered. Especially cool is the addition of a new Teen/YA stage, with authors we’ve mentioned here.
Go to the website, check out the schedule or the phenomenal list of authors. If you’re anywhere nearby that weekend, come check it out, it’s going to be tremendous.
(Full disclosure: the store where I work is involved with the programming for both the children’s stage and the YA/Teen stage)