5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss at the Book Festival
By Ralph Ellis, contributor
Decatur’s Book festival returns this weekend, and there’s a lot of things to do. You can see the complete schedule for the Decatur Book Festival schedule at the festival website, but here are five events that could be very entertaining.
1) Dog stories. William Wegman is famous for creating photo compositions with his pet Weimaraners in costume, but he’s also an author of children’s books, including the best seller “Puppies.” At the festival he’ll launch his latest book, “Flo & Wendell Explore.” 1:30 pm Sunday at the Children’s Stage. For more information, click here.
2) Two parades. Musician Kebbi Williams will lead the Whistle Blowers parade, starting at 9:30 am Saturday. At 11:30 am Sunday, the Serenbe Playhouse cast of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” will lead the parade, with help from the Center For Puppetry Arts. Both parades start at the Children’s Stage. For more information, click here.
3) Andre the Giant. Box Brown is an award-winning cartoonist and a long-time fan of pro wrestling. That’s why he’s produced a graphic novel about Andre Roussimoff, a massive real-life wrestler who played the lovable giant in the movie “The Princess Bride.” 1:15 pm Sunday at the Decatur Library. For more information, click here.
4) A bootstraps story. Talk about inspiring. Louis Sullivan grew up in the Jim Crow South but rose to become the founder of the Morehouse Medical School and the U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services under the first President Bush. He’ll talk about his autobiography, “Breaking Ground.” 10 am Saturday at Decatur First Baptist. For more information, click here.
5) Southern-style crime. If you like mysteries set below the Mason-Dixon Line with female private eyes, this is your ticket. Amanda Kyle Williams, a Decatur resident, just published her third mystery set in Atlanta. Margaret Maron has written more than two dozen novels, mostly set in North Carolina. Mary Kay Andrews, who wrote her own mysteries under the name of Kathy Hogan Trocheck, will moderate. 1:15 pm Sunday at Decatur First Baptist. For more information, click here.