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ajc decatur book festThe Decatur Book Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, September 3 & 4, 2016, in downtown Decatur.

Like every year, there are so many free events taking place that there’s no way that I can do this event justice. I’ll hit the highlights here (a.k.a. what I’m excited about seeing), but it’s worth taking time to browse through the schedule of events to find things that match your taste.

I’m not sure which day we’ll be there–the lineup looks fantastic, and I have no doubt that it will be impossible to make it to everything on my short list of must-see author talks & performances.

A few of the highlights:

  • The Children’s Stage will host a fun mix of author & illustrator sessions. Saturday’s sessions include Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales & a Draw Off with Dan and Tony D! featuring Tony DiTerlizzi & Dan Santat. And on Sunday, you’ll explore everything from Kid’s Graphic Lit with Jennifer Holm and Ursula Vernon to Squad Goals: Friendship with Jessica Haight, Anica Rissi, & Stephanie Robinson.
  • The lineup on the Teen stage looks intriguing, too–On Saturday, there’s a BeTWEEN session with Terra Elan McVoy, Kate Milford, & Jason Reynolds, plus YA Truth or Dare returns with Terra Elan McVoy, Beth Revis, Jason Reynolds, Adam Silvera, & Jeff Zentner. On Sunday, you can explore everything from Urban Fantasy with Zoraida Cordova and Victoria Schwab to Star-Crossed Love with Renee Ahdieh, Nicole Castroman, Roshani Choksi.
  • The Food & Cooking Stage has a mix of sessions that I want to attend, especially Uniquely Southern Cocktails with Robert F. Moss and Fred Minnick on Saturday and Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes with Ronni Lundy on Sunday.
  • My goal is to make it out on Sunday, as Kayt Sukel will be speaking at Marriott Conference Center B. Her book, The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution and Chance, is an excellent read, & I’d love to hear more from her about the subject.
  • And, of course, there’ll be plenty of entertainment at the Community Bandstand. Performances include musical numbers by the Serenbe Playhouse Cabaret, The Olympians (a condensed Julius Caesar) by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, & more.

The rest of the schedule is packed with events that will make you think, laugh, cry, & the list goes on…browse the list, find what piques your interest, & head out for a weekend celebrating all things books.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

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