The Decatur Book Festival turns 10 years old this weekend. Are you ready??
If you plan to participate in the festivities this weekend, I’m sure you’ve already highlighted and marked up your hard copy of the program and are very excited to see many of your old favorite events and activities. The keynotes, the street market and book fair, countless author events in government, commercial and religious spaces, King of Pops, etc.
But each year the DBF folks also think up new ways to improve the event and try new and interesting things. So in this special 10th year, what’s new? I started to put together my own list for use, but then I came across this great summary on the DBF website that gives a much better and concise overview of new things to expect this year.
From a new location for the children’s and cooking stages, to new popup performances around the festival, to entirely new and expanded event tracks, it all sounds very exciting. Check it out!
Drew Daywalt comes to the 2015 AJC Decatur Book Festival (AJC DBF)’s Children’s Stage to launch THe Day the Crayons Came Home, a follow-up to the wildly popular The Day the Crayons Quit. AJC DBF favorite Jeanne Birdsall returns with Penderwicks in Spring and Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser join us to talk about Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania. The Children’s Stage is moving this year to Decatur Recreation Center, allowing families to enjoy the great lineup in more comfort.
Children’s Area Moves to Sycamore Street
The Children’s Area of the Book Market and Street Fair follows the Children’s Stage onto tree-lined Sycamore Street, where families and kids can wander in search of that new author, book or related literary gem.
Open your mind at this year’s festival to step outside your comfort zone, whether that mean looking into a different genre, a new perspective or a topic that’s foreign to you. We will use the hashtag #READdifferent to celebrate that challenge at the AJC DBF. The festival provides a breadth of content to give nearly everyone an opportunity to #READdifferent.
Springer Mountain Cooking Stage Moves to Heart of Festival
Our Cooking Stage moves front and center with its new location at the heart of the festival near the corner of Ponce de Leon and Clairmont Avenues. The new area provides a space for both cooking talks and demonstrations by chefs, cookbook writers and editors to feature a lineup of heavy hitters from the Atlanta and Decatur foodie communitiies, as well as some of the top food writers from around the country.
Our star-studded and award-winning roster of food and cooking talent includes area favorites Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, Steven Satterfield, Hugh Acheson, Virginia Willis, Rebecca Lang and Kevin Gillespie. Savannah’s legendary Lady & Sons’s chef Dora Charles demos from her first cookbook launching at the festival. Media sensation Maangchi demos from her new book, Real Korean Cooking, and rising star Leanne Brown shows how you can eat well on $4 a day with Good and Cheap. Mark Essig and Barry Estabrook talk about the history of pork and the current climate of the commercial pork industry. Also new this year is the Georgia Grown Culinary Village, which will surround the Springer Mountain Cooking Stage. Visitors can peruse locally sourced foods and artisan products from local organizations.
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