Look what we found! #DecaturBookFestival
Look what we found! #DecaturBookFestival
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.
The DBF just sent out this press release…
An estimated 90,000 book lovers poured into downtown Decatur over Labor Day weekend for the 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (AJC DBF), the ninth installment of the largest independent book festival in the country.
More than 600 authors packed 19 different stages, families enjoyed two children’s parades, and festivalgoers were treated to yet another fantastic art|DBF arts and culture showcase. The festival kicked off on Friday night with a sold-out Keynote Address by famed literary icon Joyce Carol Oates.
AJC DBF Programming Director, Philip Rafshoon, was thrilled with the outcome of this year’s festival.
“It was another record-setting year for the Decatur Book Festival, and our hundreds of events went off without a hitch,” said Rafshoon. “From our Keynote and Kidnote addresses on Friday, until the last book was signed on Sunday night, we had larger crowds than ever before and a solid, quality lineup across the entire literary spectrum.”
AJC DBF Executive Director and co-founder, Daren Wang, said he continues to be amazed by the growing success of the festival each year.
“Every year the AJC DBF tries to outdo and redefine itself. This year our author lineup was phenomenal and we brought in new types of programming with art|DBF, the Decatur Makers Tent, and our outdoor cooking stage,” said Wang. “The audiences were larger, more diverse, and even more engaged. It was easily the best DBF so far, but you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Use this post to tell us your favorite talks and events at this weekend’s Decatur Book Fest!
It’s a gonna be a fun – potentially soggy – couple of days!
Here we go. If you thought that tomorrow night’s Joyce Carol Oates keynote kicked off the Book Festival weekend, you’d be sorta right. But there are lots of other events going on starting today! For example, don’t miss tonight’s Book as Art gala opening at the Art Institute.
The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA), in conjunction with the gallery of The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur (AIA-Decatur), is bringing v.2 of the juried exhibition of artists’ books to that great celebration of the printed word, the AJC Decatur Book Festival. The Book as Art: Expanding the Limits, continues to exhibit an exciting visual component of the largest independent book festival in the country.
The gallery’s location at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Gallery on the Decatur Square in the heart of the Festival grounds is ideally accessible to the more than 85,000 attendees at the Festival. The exhibition will also participate in art|DBF. The exhibition demonstrates new and creative approaches to the tangible versions of books, even as they morph into new forms and formats. The selected works of art introduce the viewer to new thinking about familiar forms, and include sculptural adaptations, exquisite applications of traditional book formats, hanging works, and other unexpected pleasures.
Jurors for the 2014 exhibition were Alex Campos, New York, NY; Mary Murphy, Atlanta, GA; and Barbara Tetenbaum, Portland, OR. Juror Mary Murphy, curator of the artists’ book collection at SCAD, will present a short gallery talk during the July 18 soft opening of the show. The gala opening will take place on Thursday, August 28, 2014.
And if you’re interested in learning more, the event received a great review in Burnaway earlier this week.