What’s on the schedule at this year’s Decatur Book Festival?

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 29, 2015
File Photo: Jonathan Phillips  Diogo Richards hangs out on the barrel of the cannon outside of the historic courthouse during the AJC Decatur Book Festival on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The ninth annual event saw tens of thousands of people come out to the downtown Decatur area to meet with world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, booksellers, and artists for a weekend filled with literature, music, food, art, and fun. /File Photo

File Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Diogo Richards hangs out on the barrel of the cannon outside of the historic courthouse during the AJC Decatur Book Festival on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The ninth annual event saw tens of thousands of people come out to the downtown Decatur area to meet with world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, booksellers, and artists for a weekend filled with literature, music, food, art, and fun. /File Photo

The Decatur Book Festival has firmed up its schedule for 2015. The book festival, which draws thousands to Decatur each year, will be held Sept. 4-6.

View the full schedule by clicking here.

There will be a keynote event on Friday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m., with authors Erica Jong and Roxane Gay.

Jong is best known for her book “Fear of Flying.” Gay wrote the bestselling book, “Bad Feminist.”

DBF describes it as “a once-in-a-lifetime event showcasing these two powerhouse thinkers and writers together.”

Here are a few other DBF “favorite festival happenings” for 2015 …

Drew DaywaltThe Day the Crayons Came Home

  • The author of the wildly popular and critically acclaimed children’sbookThe Day the Crayons Quit will lead the Saturday kick-off parade and launch his follow up, The Day the Crayons Came Home.
    • Decatur Education Foundation Children’s Stage (231 Sycamore Street), Saturday, 10 a.m.

Damon Tweedy, M.D.Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race and Medicine

  • Explore one doctor’s memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias and the unique health problems of black Americans and the ways that those problems are rooted in complex social, cultural and economic factors.
    • Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage (205 Sycamore Street), Saturday, 11:15 a.m.

Amy StewartGirl Waits With Gun

  • The bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist launches Girl Waits with Gun, featuring a strong female protagonist who happens to be one of the first female sheriffs in history — and whose story has been previously untold.
    • Marriott Conference Center Ballroom A (130 Clairemont Avenue), Sunday, noon

Pat Conroy, Marly Rusoff, Jonathan Odell

  • In a panel discussion entitled “All Stories Are True, Some Even Happened,” Conroy, the modern Southern literary master, and well-versed civil rights author Odell talk about fictionalizing your story. Legendary literary agent Rusoff will moderate
    • First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage (308 Clairemont Avenue), Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

Information provided by Decatur Book Festival 

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