Sycamore Street, Decatur GA (pic submitted by brianc)
Sycamore Street, Decatur GA (pic submitted by brianc)
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.
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.
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.
The Decatur Book Festival needs your help…
There are lots of ways to help out with this year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival, and we would love for you to be part of the team. Opportunities begin Friday afternoon, and run all day Saturday and Sunday. You can work at one of the many author venues, help with set up or break down, volunteer check in, etc. To get started, click on one of the links below for Decatur’s volunteer program.
Already registered with Volunteer Decatur? Click here to look at open Book Festival shifts.
To sign up with Volunteer Decatur, click here to get started.
Once you are in the system, you will be able to see a list of all available positions.
Don’t see anything quite right? Have questions? Please email us at [email protected], or call the Volunteer Decatur office at 678.615.0915. We can help find the right volunteer spot for you.
All volunteers will receive a free festival t-shirt and a coupon for a free book.
Thank you for being a Decatur Volunteer and your interest in volunteering at the AJC Decatur Book Festival.
Photo courtesy of Daren
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Volunteer Decatur sent out this announcement…
The AJC Decatur Book Festival is so close and still needs volunteers! The festival runs Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6 and relies heavily on support from volunteers.
There are a variety of exciting volunteer opportunities still available, including set-up, working at author venues or the kitchen stage, supporting the book market and more – so sign up to join in the festivities and invite your friends, neighbors and co-workers sign up as well. All volunteers receive a free festival volunteer 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 are happy to answer any questions and help you get signed up.
Thanks for being a part of the Volunteer Decatur team!
Photo courtesy of Timothy J via Flickr
The AJC Decatur Book Festival has just announced that tickets will go on sale for both keynote addresses on August 11th. Here’s the scoop:
Keynote: Tickets for the keynote featuring Erica Jong’s conversation with Roxane Gay on Friday, September 4th at 8p at Emory’s Schwartz Center will be limited to two per person. Ticket will be available at Emory’s box office or online at Tickets.Arts.Emory.
Kid’s Keynote: Tickets for the kid’s keynote with Judy Schachner, creator of the Skippyjon Jones, with also become available on August 11th. You can pickup up to 4 tickets at Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Books and Little Shop of Stories for the event.
The event moves to Decatur High School’s Performing Arts Center this year. Schachner will be introducing a new character and picture book, Dewey Bob, at this year’s festival. The kid’s keynote takes place at 5p on Friday, September 4th.
Full schedule now online!: In addition to announcing keynote ticket details, the Book Fest has also announced that the full schedule for the event is now online. You can check it out HERE. If you’ve ever attended before, you know that it’s never too early to start strategizing for this event!
The Decatur Book Festival announced this afternoon at its annual press event at Leon’s that novelist and poet Erica Long will headline the 2015 event. From the Decatur Book Festival website…
Erica Jong, author of the ground-breaking novel Fear of Flying, published in 1973, will deliver the keynote address for the 2015 AJC DBF. She will be interviewed by author Roxane Gay, kicking off the 10-year mile marker at the Schwartz Performing Arts Center at Emory University on Friday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m.
Jong comes to the AJC DBF launching her novel Fear of Dying, a sequel to Fear of Flying that is a hilarious, searingly honest and heart-wrenching story about what happens when one woman steps reluctantly into the afternoon of life.
To learn more information about Erica Jong, click here.
To learn more information about Roxane Gay, click here.
Skippy Jon Jones author Judy Schachner will be the kids keynote speaker.
The festival has just released the full list of authors for this year’s event. Check it out HERE.