Spend this Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31st-Sept. 1st) with The Chattahoochee Review (TCR) at the annual AJC-Decatur Book Festival (AJC-DBF). This year marks the 14th running of the largest independent book festival in the country that features a stellar gathering of world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and booksellers.
In partnership with PEN America, the AJC-DBF has dedicated its Friday night keynote address and an entire track of author programs to the topic of immigration. Richard Blanco, the fifth person in U.S. history selected to write and deliver an inaugural poem, will be joined by Rigoberto González, author of 17 books of poetry and prose, and Gabriela Ventura Baeza, executive editor of Arte Publico Press. The panel will discuss Latinx writing and immigration, the power of literature to effect change, who gets to call a country home, and the value of providing opportunities for uncensored expression.
As in years past, TCR editors, along with faculty members from Perimeter College at Georgia State University’s English Department, will be participating in the following programs throughout the weekend festival:
BOOK MARKET & STREET FAIR
Saturday, Aug. 31st and Sunday, Sept. 1st
The Chattahoochee Review Booth
Time: Saturday-10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday-Noon to 6 p.m.
Location: The Square in Downtown Decatur, Booth No. 516
LOCAL POETRY STAGE
Sunday, Sept. 1st
Perimeter College on the Local Poetry Stage
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Presenters: Rosemary Cox, Michael Diebert, Frank Holt, Marissa McNamara, Gregg Murray, Theodore Worozbyt, and Chani Zwibel
Location: Ammazza, Downtown Decatur
AUTHOR DISCUSSIONS & READINGS
Saturday, Aug. 31st
Gather at the River: 25 Authors on Fishing
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Authors: Drew Lanham, Scott Gould, Jim Minick and J.C. Sasser
From editors David Joy and Eric Rickstad comes Gather at the River, an anthology of twenty-five remarkable essays on fishing from an ensemble of contemporary authors. Their experiences explore the ways we come to water, for renewal and reverie, or to simply stand waist-deep in a river and watch the trout rise.
Moderator: Andrew Rogers, associate chair of English, Decatur campus & co-founder and co-coordinator of the Georgia State University Prison Education Project
Location: First Baptist Decatur Carreker Hall
Saturday, Aug. 31st
Narrative Voices of the South
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Authors: Mary Miller and George Singleton
Mary Miller and George Singleton, in Biloxi and Staff Picks, respectively, bring the south to life. Come sit a spell and hear these authors discuss their quintessentially southern characters and how they are able to bring readers deep into the heart of Dixie in their writing.
Moderator: Anna Schachner, editor of The Chattahoochee Review
Location: Decatur City Hall
Information about all of the free events taking place at this year’s festival—at which all are welcome—can be found on the event’s Website.