Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend with The Chattahoochee Review at the annual AJC-Decatur Book Festival (AJC-DBF). This year marks the 10th anniversary of the largest independent book festival in the country that features a stellar gathering of world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and booksellers. The festival kicks off at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. with its keynote event that spotlights the works of groundbreaking novelist and pillar of the sexual revolution, Erica Jong, who will be in conversation with current literary provacateur, Roxane Gay.
As in years past, TCR’s editors will be participating in the following programs throughout the weekend festival:
Saturday, Sept. 5 & Sunday, Sept. 6: Book Market and Street Fair
Location: The Square in Downtown Decatur, Booth No. 117
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.
Alongside more than 150 other exhibitors, TCR‘s editors will set up shop to display and sell some of their most recently published issues. With a more than 30-year history, TCR takes pride in showcasing the work of both established writers and in discovering new voices. Drop by Booth 117 to chat with the journal’s editors and get a copy of a TCR issue or two.
Sunday, Sept. 6: Local Poetry Stage presented by Java Monkey
Presenters: Michael Diebert, Charles Fox, Louise McKinney, Marissa McNamara, Gregg Murray, and Katherine Perry
Location: Java Monkey, Downtown Decatur
Time: Noon to 12:55 p.m.
TCR editors and GPC English department faculty members Michael Diebert (Clarkston), Charles Fox (Dunwoody), Louise McKinney (Dunwoody), Marissa McNamara (Clarkston), Gregg Murray (Dunwoody), and Katherine Perry (Decatur) will take to the festival’s Local Poetry Stage to read their newest creations, as well as share some old faves.
The Local Poetry Stage is part of the festival’s poetry program track created to showcase the talents of faculty members and students from the Atlanta metro-area’s college and university creative writing programs. Other institutions participating in the track at this year’s event include: Georgia Institute of Technology (1 to 1:55 p.m.); Clayton State University (2 to 2:55 p.m.); Spelman College (3 to 3:55 p.m.); Georgia State University (4 to 4:55 p.m.); and Emory University (5 to 5:55 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 6: Discussion: Family, Class, and Political Forces presented by MailChimp
Presenters: Jennine Capó Crucet and Jonathan Weisman
Moderator: Anna Schachner
Location: Carreker Hall, First Baptist Church Decatur
Time: 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Anna Schachner, editor of The Chattahoochee Review and associate professor of English at GPC will moderate a discussion between authors Jennine Capó Crucet (Make Your Home Among Strangers) and Jonathan Weisman (No. 4 Imperial Lane), whose novels span cultures, classes, and conflicts to examine concepts of family, identity, and home.
One of the most anticipated aspects of the AJC-DBF’s 10th anniversary celebration is the program track curated by novelist, essayist, and pop-culture thought leader, Roxane Gay. The Roxane Gay Selects track will feature a dynamic group of rising-star authors (James Hannaham, Angela Flournoy, Saeed Jones, Daniel José Older, Celeste Ng, Kristin Valdez Quade) participating in discussions on topics ranging from the portrayal of women in different genres; resilience borne from familial bonds; the state of the publishing industry for people of color, and minority literature culture and the need for high-quality representation of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
Information about all of the FREE events taking place at the 10th Annual AJC-DBF—at which all are welcome—can be found on the festival’s homepage.