Decatur Book Festival Program Director To Become Interim Executive Director

From the DBF…

The AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) Board has named Julie Wilson as the AJC Decatur Book Festival Interim Executive Director for 2018. Wilson has served as Program Director since 2015, where she managed the selection of more than 300 authors annually and worked hand-in-hand with outgoing Executive Director Daren Wang. Wilson will begin her official duties January 1, 2018, but she is already working with Wang, the DBF staff and the DBF board to assure a smooth transition.

“We are thrilled that someone of Julie’s caliber and expertise is stepping into this role,” said DBF Board Chair James Diedrick. “She has been an exceptional Program Director, and we believe she has the capacity to build a professional organization and cohesive team primed to identify new partnerships and programs, while maintaining the commitment to providing a diverse, engaging lineup of authors.”

Wilson said she is eager to step into her new role and is prepared for responsibility and opportunities.

“I’ve spent the past three years working closely with the staff, volunteers and the board, helping produce a successful festival each year. I’m excited to pair that knowledge with my background in non-profit and agency marketing to lead the festival in 2018. I have experience in the overall management of the festival, including managing million-dollar budgets, compiling and presiding over critical committees, coordinating logistics, and managing ‘on-the-fly’ problem solving.

“Most importantly,” Wilson continued, “I’m passionate about the festival, Decatur, and learning new things. I’m curious by nature, so I hope to channel that innate desire to discover new things as a guiding notion to develop new ideas for the festival.”

Wilson has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a consultant to non-profit organizations, a manager of Customer Experience and Integration at the American Cancer Society, and a Manager of Research and Knowledge Services at Ketchum Public Relations. She is a Decatur resident and has served in a number of volunteer roles within the community for organizations such as Westchester Elementary School, Decatur Education Foundation, Eastside Church, and Meals on Wheels.

Daren Wang Resigns From Decatur Book Festival

Breaking from the AJC

This year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival will be the last one with founding executive director Daren Wang at the helm.

Wang, whose debut novel, “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, launches at this year’s festival, has announced his resignation, effective at the end of year.

Sniff.  Aw, dang it.  Cue up some Dylan.

So long, Red Chuck T’s.  It’s been a kickin’ good time.  I would reminisce and bring up all of my favorite Book Fest moments, but Daren never seems to appreciate it when I do. 🙂

OK, I need to pull myself together.  Let’s stop moping around and start pre-ordering Daren’s debut novel!  Or better yet, call up Little Shop and put in your order.

Independent Bookstore Day Is This Saturday!

From Dave at Little Shop…

Independent Bookstore Day is this Saturday, April 29th.  There will be exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. Each participating bookstore will be offering a variety of different events. Come check us out your local bookstores including Charis Books and More, Eagle Eye Book Shop, and Little Shop of Stories!

And while you’re in the indie spirit, follow our friends at Decatur-based Indie Bookstore Tour on Instagram!

Disclosure: Little Shop of Stories is a long-time DM sponsor 

Eye on “the Cow Jumping Over the Moon”

Little Shop of Stories, Decatur GA (photo courtesy of DM)

Decatur Writers Studio Announces New Slate of Classes for 2017

The Decatur Writers Studio has announced its new slate of courses for writers starting later this month.  Instructors include writers David Fulmer, Joshilyn Jackson, Drew Jubera and Suzanne Van Atten.  (Unfortunately, Joshilyn Jackson’s course is already sold out, according to the DWS website.)

You can get more details on the available classes HERE along with a lots o’ details below.

The Decatur Writers Studio (DWS), a writing community and studio space launched this year by the AJC Decatur Book Festival, has announced its newest lineup of writing classes. Designed for both aspiring and working writers, these six-week workshops begin in January, but are enrolling students now.

An esteemed group of award-winning novelists and journalists will lead the DWS workshops this winter. Featured courses and instructors include:

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Charis Books Teaming Up with Agnes Scott In Move To Decatur

Atlanta Intown reports that Charis Books is moving from Little 5 Points to South Candler Street in Decatur.  In a recent letter, Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the bookstore’s nonprofit arm Charis Circle, states…

Charis Books and Charis Circle will begin planning our move to a beautiful, freestanding Victorian house located at 184 South Candler Rd., Decatur, GA 30030, across the street from the historic Agnes Scott College campus. We will continue to be the Charis Books and Charis Circle you know and love: we will continue to be a home for independent and marginalized voices, and a popular education center for intersectional feminist justice.

She also notes that Agnes Scott College will “be making a significant investment in partnering to build this new home with Charis”.

The new location is larger than their current location and that there will be “space for daytime events, reading groups, and social gatherings, which will allow us to expand the scope of our current program offerings.”, according to Anderson’s note.

Charis is raising funds to help with the move and renovations. You can make a donation and get more information at this link.