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.

Decatur Book Festival Still Needs Volunteers!

From the folks at the DBF…

The Decatur Book Festival is just around the corner.  It is Decatur’s largest special event and relies heavily on support from volunteers.

There are many different types of jobs –working at author venues, merchandise and souvenir sales, and more – so invite your friends, neighbors and co-workers to volunteer.  All volunteers receive a free festival t-shirt and a free book coupon to spend at the festival.

Have you already registered with Volunteer Decatur?  Click here to see DBF openings:

Haven’t volunteered yet in Decatur?  Click here to get started:

Can’t find what you are looking for?  Have questions?  Please contact the Decatur Visitor and Volunteer Center via email at [email protected], or call us at 678-615-0915.  We are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm.  We can find a volunteer opening that will work for you.

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.

AJC Book Festival Needs Volunteers! – September 1-4

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From Volunteer Decatur….

The AJC DBF is just around the corner. Held at various venues in downtown Decatur, it is the country’s largest independent book festival in the country. The event includes stages dedicated to authors specializing in Poetry, History, Science, Teen and Children’s literature and even a Cooking Stage. It relies heavily on volunteer support to make it a perennial success! If you are interested in volunteering, follow this link (for new and previous volunteers):

Questions? Contact the Volunteer Decatur office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10-4) via phone 678-615-0915 and ask for Morgan or Megan, or email [email protected] and someone will get back to you.

Decatur Book Festival Keynote Tickets Released Next Week; Full Schedule Now Available

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UPDATE: In my ridiculous haste, I thought that I read that tickets went on sale today.  But they actually go on sale NEXT THURSDAY at 10a.  Apologies to all!

The Decatur Book Festival announces that tickets to the keynote and the “kidsnote” will become available starting at 10a next Thursday.

Also, for the planners among you, the full DBF weekend schedule is now available online HERE.  Check it out!

Here are the details on those tickets…

The 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) will release keynote event tickets to the public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. Cassandra King Conroy, Rick Bragg and other friends and family of late Southern literary icon Pat Conroy will participate in the keynote event, titled “The Life and Works of Pat Conroy,” on Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (1700 N. Decatur Road).
Tickets for the keynote event are required, free and limited to two per person. Those seeking tickets to the keynote event can obtain them by visiting the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, by calling the Arts at Emory Box Office (404.727.5050) or by visiting Phone and online orders include a $4 processing fee. A limited number of tickets are available at A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Books, Tall Tales Books and Little Shop of Stories.

Decatur Book Festival Launches Decatur Writers Studio

decaturwriterslogoThe Decatur Book Festival put out this release late yesterday announcing the creation of the Decatur Writers Studio

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (AJC DBF), the nation’s largest independent book festival, is launching the Decatur Writers Studio, a dynamic new player in Decatur’s thriving literary community whose goal is to serve both established and aspiring writers.

As the AJC DBF enters its 11th year in September, it seeks to expand upon the work it has performed in carving out a larger slice for Decatur on the Southern literary scene. AJC DBF Founding Executive Director Daren Wang, who also is the founder of the Decatur Writers Studio, said the new organization’s mission is to provide writers a place to work and grow. DWS will launch on April 1.

“The Decatur Writers Studio is a natural extension of what we’ve been doing for the past decade with the Decatur Book Festival,” Wang said. “I’m excited to be able to forge new tools for local writers to learn from and support each other.”

The Decatur Writers Studio (DWS) will offer workshop-style creative writing classes led by instructors, including some of the area’s most accomplished authors. Classes will be limited to 12 participants, unless otherwise noted. The first slate of courses will include a workshop, titled “Fiction 101: How Making Up Stories Reveals Deeper Truths,” taught by Susan Rebecca White. White is an Atlanta native and the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Bound SouthA Soft Place to Land, and A Place at the Table.

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