Three AJC-Decatur Book Festival Events

Author Dinner
The DBF has three pretty nifty keen events coming up.

February 26th – A Literary Feast at the Iberian Pig with Susan Rebecca White, Kevin Young, Susan Puckett and Amber Dermont. Each of the four courses will be inspired by one of the author’s work. This is a benefit for the Decatur Education Foundation and will be the first in an ongoing series of great meals. Reservations required.

March 1, 5-7pm,An Irish Shindig in Decatur, The Brick Store Pub. As part of the American Conference on Irish Study that’s being held in Decatur that weekend, we are sponsoring a cash-bar gathering at the Brick. Music will be played, poetry will be recited, Jameson’s and Guinness will be consumed. Seamus Heaney will be reading at Emory the next day, so this is your warmup act for the Nobel Laureate. Who knows who will stop by?

March 23, Symphony Hall, Rachel Maddow presented by A Cappella Books and sponsored by the DBF. She’ll be talking about her book “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power”. Tickets go on sale tomorrow through the Woodruff box office. This has just been announced today.

Scott Drake Throws his Hat into the Ring

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Break out the bunting, book the brass band, register the SuperPAC, and hire the press secretary. The first candidate for the soon-to-be-vacated commission seat currently occupied by The Great Bill Floyd(tm) has announced his intention to run. This just in from Decatur scion Scott Drake:

Although I knew we could not keep Mayor Floyd forever, I was reluctant to accept the idea that he would one day leave his seat on the Commission. Mayor Floyd’s shoes will be difficult to fill, but his approach, personality, actions, and service will provide a valuable footprint to follow for years to come.

After much thought and conversation among family and friends, I have decided that I would like to take this opportunity to serve the Decatur community and run for the District 1 Commission seat. Over the years I have had the pleasure of working closely with most City departments, the City Commission and City staff members. From projects in my professional life, service on many community and non-profit boards and service as President of Decatur Business Association, my interactions working with the City have been ones of professionalism mixed with small town sensibility.

As a City of Decatur business owner, a parent with two daughters in our fine school system, and with deep roots in the community, I feel this is an important opportunity for me to give back and help shape our future. I ask for your support in this time of transition and if given the opportunity to serve on the Commission, I hope to continue building on the foundation which so many in our community have contributed over the years.

Brief Case, Laptop Stolen from Car in Artisan Lot, Reward offered

Scott Drake called me to ask for help. His briefcase was stolen out of the back of his car in a smash and grab in the Artisan lot. Sometime between 12:30 and 2pm this afternoon. It included a Dell Laptop, all his kids photos, business materials–all gone along with the back up drive. He’s offering a $500 reward for recovery. Contact at [email protected] or 404-932-7652.

The DBF is launching an app for the iPhone

Yep, it’s finally here. 

An interactive scheduling app, allows you to assemble a schedule, check what’s happening at any given time, and all kinds of other stuff.  Apple just approved it, so we’re hoping to not be sued for $1.05B.





Book the Brick at the Decatur Book Festival!

The Decatur Book Festival is auctioning off all kinds of cool stuff this year. For example, we’re partnering with the Decatur Education Foundation on Book the Brick.

Winning bidders get an hour at one of the barrel tables outside the Brick Store with your favorite author. Yep, hang out in one of the best beer bars in the world, jaw with Michael Connelly or Austin Kleon or Richard Kadrey, and support the DBF and education. Nope, not sure what the downside is.

Here’s the lineup:
Amanda Kyle Williams
Leonard Marcus
Shannon Hale
Michael Connelly
Michael Morris
Kerry & Kathy Reichs
John T. Edge
Adam Reed
Tess Gerritsen
Gail Tsukiyama
Austin Kleon
Richard Kadrey

A Statement from the Decatur Chick Fil-A Owner/Operators

The other day I asked on Facebook if Dan Cathy’s comments and actions should cause us to completely discount the years of good work the local Chick Fil-A owners have done in the Decatur community.  It turned into a lively conversation.

I know that whenever I have asked them for anything for the Decatur Book Festival, they’ve answered “Sure, and what else can we do?”

That means something to me. Honestly, I haven’t answered the question for myself, but I wonder how balkanized we can be as a community and still be good neighbors.

As a result of that post, John and Cristina Crays, the owners, contacted me, and I agreed to post a statement from them here.

It runs below in its entirety.

Our Agenda is Providing Genuine Hospitality & Service to All: Chick-fil-A Downtown Decatur

Since opening in March of 2005, Chick-fil-A Downtown Decatur has been dedicated to serving our guests with honor, dignity and respect. We work our hearts out to make sure every guest receives amazing food and service regardless of belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. Nothing about our agenda has changed.

My wife and I are the owner/Operators of this restaurant, and our commitment to the city goes back many years. My wife has been in the Decatur area since 1990 when she began college at Agnes Scott and then worked for the College for several years after graduating. When we learned of the Chick-fil-A opening in this city we jumped at the chance to open up our business here. We are not a corporation – we are real people and taxpayers as each Chick-fil-A franchise is independently owned and operated.

We are a family and a business dedicated to serving our community. We have consistently been generous donating food, money and coupons to the local Decatur community including DCM, CSD, the DBA, Bulldog Boosters, Decatur City Hall and Economic Development, and local churches. The list goes on and on… This weekend we are feeding the artists and volunteers during the Poverty is for Real benefit at Eddie’s Attic and next month we are donating food for a Volleyball Tournament at Decatur High School (DHS) and feeding the Decatur Book Festival volunteers.

We employ more than 70 people — many of which are DHS students. We have provided more than 20 college scholarships to team members in our restaurant alone with many of those awarded to DHS students. Our passion is building leaders for future generations, regardless of sexual orientation or beliefs.

We know that some of our guests are upset by comments made by Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A Inc. He has made it clear to me those were his personal views, and that his intent was not to speak on behalf of every Chick-fil-A owner. We hope those who are upset will look at their relationship with our restaurant and allow us to continue to serve them. If you have questions or concerns, please come into the restaurant and speak with me personally.

Until then, we will continue to serve our guests in the only way we know how – with great food, exceptional service and a lot of fun.

Thank you.

John and Cristina Crays
Owner/Operator and Director of Customer Service
Chick-fil-A Downtown Decatur

Congratulations to Decatur’s Natasha Trethewey, the new Poet Laureate of the United States

The New York Times posts tonight that the Library of Congress has named Decatur resident and Emory Professor Natasha Trethewey the 2012-2013 poet laureate of the United States.

The City of Decatur and the AJC Decatur Book Festival are hosting a reception at the gazebo on the square Thursday (tomorrow) from 5pm to 6:30 to celebrate. Come toast Natasha in person. Food and libations supplied by Eddie’s Attic.