The Decatur Book Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, September 1 & 2, 2018, 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 Just Add Glitter with Angela DiTerlizzi; Ivy & Bean & Charlie and Mouse & Jasmine Toguchi with Annie Barrows, Debbi Michiko Florence, and Laurel Snyder; Mac B., Kid Spy with Mac Barnett and Mike Lowery, & Dreamers with Yuyi Morales.
And on Sunday, you’ll find sessions on Mythbusters! with Roshani Chokshi and Jennifer Cervantes; You Go, Girl! with Tom Angleberger, Ebony Glenn, and Shanda McCloskey; Harry and the Potters with Paul DeGeorge and Joe DeGeorge; and For Fans of Fantasy with Matt Laney and Victoria Schwab.
The lineup on the YA Stage looks intriguing, too–On Saturday, sessions include The Hate U Give with Angie Thomas (pardon me while I fangirl for a moment, this book is fantastic); Sidekickin: When Secondary Characters Shine Bright session with Mary Choi, McCall Hoyle, Scott Reintgen, and Laura Silverman; and Teens Talk Activism with Sue Schroeder, Royce Mann, Zarya Ajasin, and others.
On Sunday, you can head back for Strange Heroes with Justina Ireland, Claire Legrand, Natalie C. Parker, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Lilliam Rivera; YA Truth or Dare Presented by YATL with Becky Albertalli, David Arnold, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, and Julian Winters; and The Power of Poetry with Eve Ewing and Elizabeth Acevedo.
The Culinary Stage has a mix of sessions that I want to attend, especially SOUL: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes with Todd Richards on Saturday and Blending Cultures in the Southern Kitchen with Von Diaz, Eddie Hernandez, Susan Puckett on Sunday.
And, of course, there’ll be plenty of entertainment at the Community Bandstand, featuring everything from live music to theatrical performances.
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.