Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend with The Chattahoochee Review (TCR) at the annual AJC-Decatur Book Festival (AJC-DBF). This year marks the 11th running 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 on Friday Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. with its keynote event that pays tribute to the life and works of beloved bestselling author Pat Conroy, who passed away in March from pancreatic cancer.
As in year’s 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:
THE BOOK MARKET & STREET FAIR
Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4: 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. 4: Perimeter College on the Local Poetry Stage
Time: 1 to 1:55 p.m.
Presenters: Michael Diebert (Clarkston), Charles Fox (Decatur), Louise McKinney (Dunwoody), Gregg Murray (Dunwoody), Katherine Perry (Decatur), and Rebecca Weaver (Decatur).
Location: Java Monkey, Downtown Decatur
Other institutions participating in the festival’s poetry track include: Clayton State University (Noon to 12:55 p.m.); Georgia State University’s Atlanta campus (2 to 3:05 p.m.); Morehouse College (3:10 to 3:45 p.m.) Georgia Institute of Technology (3:50 to 4:15 p.m.); Spelman College (4:20 to 5:20 p.m.) and Kennesaw State University (5:25 to 6 p.m.).
AUTHOR DISCUSSION, INTERVIEW, & READING SESSIONS
Saturday, Sept. 3: Perfume River (Reading)
Time: 10 to 10:45 p.m.
Author: Robert Olen Butler
Introducer: Anna Schachner, TCR editor
Location: Decatur Recreation Center Studio
Saturday, Sept. 3: Deadly Secrets (Discussion)
Time: 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
Authors: Susan Crawford & Lucie Whitehouse
Moderator: Amber Nicole Brooks, TCR nonfiction editor
Location: Marriott Conference Center C
One of the most anticipated aspects of the 2016 festival is the program track curated by novelist and Whiting Award-winner, Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night). The Alexander Chee Selects Track will feature a dream team of authors including Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kiese Laymon, Idra Novey, Rebecca Traister, and Sunil Yapa, who, through discussions about their works, will speak to themes related to how history tends to repeat itself.
Information about all of the free events taking place at the 11th annual AJC-DBF—at which all are welcome—can be found on the festival’s Website.