Book Festival schedule released, volunteers needed

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 24, 2014
Decatur Book Festival logo

Decatur Book Festival logo

Organizers of the Decatur Book Festival today released a schedule of events for Labor Day weekend and put out a call for volunteers.

To see the full schedule, click here. Author Joyce Carol Oates will be the keynote speaker this year. Here are some of the other event highlights, provided by DBF.

Ron Rash’s three events

·       Writer’s Conference Keynote Address

o   Agnes Scott College, Friday, 2 pm

·       Understanding Ron Rash (book discussion)

o   Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage, Saturday, 10 am

·       “On The Fringes of War” panel with Richard Flanagan and Roy Hoffman

o   First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage, Saturday, 12:30 pm

Colman Andrews

·       My Usual Table (book discussion)

o   Eddie’s Attic Stage, Saturday, 10 am

Kim Bearden

·       Crash Course (book discussion)

o   Decatur Recreation Center Gym, Saturday, 11:15 am

Stephanie Perkins, Adi Alsaid, Jennifer Smith, and Isabel Gillies

·       “Map of My Heart: Love Stories” panel

o   Teen Stage, Saturday, 12 pm

Mike Lane, Jon Scieszka, Jennifer Holm, and Tom Watson

·       “Great Books for New Readers” panel

o   Children’s Stage, Saturday, 12:15 pm

Eleanor Davis and Liz Prince

·       “How to be Graphic” panel

o   Marriott Conference Center Ballroom A, Saturday, 1:45 pm

Jericho Brown and Patricia Lockwood

·       Best American Poetry 2014 (book launch)

o   Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage, Saturday, 3 pm

Emily Giffin interviewed by Mara Davis

·       The One & Only (book discussion)

o   Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage, Saturday, 4:15 pm

Karin Slaughter and Chelsea Cain

·       “Internal Affairs” thriller panel

o   First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage, Saturday, 4:15 pm

Pat Conroy, Cassandra King, Cliff Graubart, and Cynthia Graubart

·       “Marriage by the Book” panel

o   First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage, Saturday, 5:30 pm

Tony Earley

·       Mr. Tall (book launch)

o   Decatur Library Stage, Saturday, 5:30 pm

Gail Sheehy

·       Daring: My Passages (book launch)

o   Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage, Sunday, 1:15 pm

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge

·       “The Beekman Boys” cooking demonstration

o   Springer Mountain Farms Kitchen Stage, Sunday, 1:30 pm

Kazu Kibuishi

·        Amulet series (series discussion)

o   Teen Stage, Sunday, 2 pm

Rep. James Clyburn

·       Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black (book discussion)

o   Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage, Sunday, 2:30 pm

Richard Rodriguez

·       Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography (book discussion)

o   Old Courthouse Stage, Sunday, 3:45 pm

Lev Grossman

·       The Magician’s Land (book discussion)

o   First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage, Sunday, 5 pm

Also available on the website are full lists of activities and authors:

The Book Festival also sent along this announcement asking for volunteers:

It’s Almost Book Festival Time! Lots of Volunteer Openings Available

The Decatur Book Festival is just around the corner. Beginning the afternoon of Friday, August 29 and running through the evening of Sunday, August 31, the festival is Decatur’s largest special event and relies heavily on support from volunteers.

There are many different types of jobs – set-up, 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, 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.


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