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Aug 312015
 

ajc decatur book festThe Decatur Book Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, September 5 & 6, 2015, 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 sessions, including Star Wars for A New Generation with Alexandra Bracken and Adam Gidwitz & Best Friends Forever with Abby Hanlon (Dory and the Real True Friend), Terra Elan McVoy (Drive Me Crazy) and Anica Mrose Rissi (Anna, Banana and The Monkey in the Middle) on Saturday plus Fancy Nancy Clancy! with Robin Preiss Glasser and Jane O’Connor & Draw Like An Egyptian with Mike Lowery and Vicky Shecter on Sunday.
  • The lineup on the Teen stage is intriguing, too–On Saturday, head to the PG-13 session to listen to Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda), David Arnold (Mosquitoland), Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not), and Andrew Smith (Stand-off) chat about writing for young (and not-so-young) adults. On Sunday, you can watch a game of YA Truth or Dare with authors Becky Albertalli, David Arnold, Gwenda Bond, Libba Bray, Terra Elan McVoy, and Andrew Smith.
  • The Springer Mountain Farms Kitchen Stage has a mix of sessions I’d love to attend, especially A New Take on Southern Classics by Rebecca Lang and Virginia Willis on Saturday and Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day by Leanne Brown on Sunday.
  • And, of course, there’ll be plenty of entertainment at the Community Bandstand. On Saturday, you can see Serenbe Playhouse’s The Secret Garden plus 7 Stages’s Curious (Literary) Encounters featuring The Great Gatsby Circus. And on Sunday, Synchronicity Theatre will present Fancy Nancy: The Musical plus the Atlanta Shakespeare Company will present famous Shakespearean scenes & monologues.

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

Aug 062015
 
Little Shop of Stories: Storytimes with Children's Museum Imaginators, Author Visits, & More

I just checked the list, and Little Shop of Stories in Decatur has several can’t-miss events planned in the coming weeks.

Here’s the lineup for August & September:

  • Thursday, August 6, 7:00 p.m.: Back to School Fun, featuring guest Imaginators from the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
  • Sunday, August 9, 3:00 p.m.: Storytime hosted by Jerry White, Imaginator Extraordinaire from
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Feb 252014
 
Blast-Off Burlesque's Taboo-La-La: Saturday Night Fever at Plaza Theatre on March 1, 2014

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This looks like a lot of fun:

At 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014, head to the Plaza Theatre … [more]