Can’t say I’m personally that disappointed, but I can see why organizers would be. I’m sure he’d have been one of the biggest draws of the weekend.
But Pennington should know…Decatur never forgets! Boohahaha!
UPDATE: The official press release from the DBF (after the jump)hints at perhaps another big-name announcement in the next two weeks.
The AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical is only 15 days away and the simmering excitement is beginning to boil over. Organizers have secured a phenomenal lineup for the third annual Labor Day weekend event, including keynote speaker Billy Collins, Kathy Reichs, Eric Jerome Dickey, John Dean, and many more.
As is prone to happen sometimes with festivals, there will be last minute changes and cancellations. Organizers recently received the unfortunate news that Ty Pennington, host of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” canceled his planned DBF appearance due to a scheduling conflict.
“This is an inconvenience because promotional materials such as the festival programs have already been printed, and this may create some confusion for attendees,” said Daren Wang, DBF Executive Director. “But we’re really looking forward to having Billy Collins, Kathy Reichs, and John Dean join us, along with the rest of our great lineup.”
Tom Bell, DBF Program Director, is optimistic. “We’re still talking to publishers. We may have some great news to announce within the next two weeks. Check the web site, www.decaturbookfestival.com, often for updates,” said Bell.
Organizers regret to inform DBF and Pennington fans of this development, but this does not diminish the superlative lineup the festival already has in place.