(PHOTOS) – 2016 Decatur Book Festival

Posted by Decaturish.com September 3, 2016

By Jonathan Phillips, contributor

It’s that time of year again. Tens of thousands of people are descending upon Decatur Square and surrounding streets for the annual Decatur¬†Book Festival. Authors from all over are set to read passages from their newest tomes, answer questions and speak on life. There are cooking¬†demonstrations from some of the best chefs around, children’s activities and hundreds of thousands of books available for purchase on any subject matter ¬†imaginable. The festival runs the rest of today, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, from noon until 6 p.m.

Sabina Uroic plays amongst racks of books during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Sabina Uroic plays among racks of books during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Sharon Harris peruses through thousands of books during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Sharon Harris peruses through thousands of books during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Angus Galloway (right), his wife Amanda and son Lachlan walk past the numerous booths during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Angus Galloway (right), his wife Amanda and son Lachlan walk past the numerous booths during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Michael Nemeth (left) speaks on the Emerging Authors Stage during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Michael Nemeth (left) speaks on the Emerging Authors Stage during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Zendaya Richards flips through the pictures of "The Adventures of Amelia, the Crazy Jumping Hedgehog" during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Zendaya Richards flips through the pictures of “The Adventures of Amelia, the Crazy Jumping Hedgehog” during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Irene Muturi (left) and Chris Andrews check out some of the books for sale during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Irene Muturi (left) and Chris Andrews check out some of the books for sale during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Author Michael Graetz (left) speaks with Mary Dudziak during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Author Michael Graetz (left) speaks with Mary Dudziak during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Katie Strong (left) and April Weeks look at the schedule to decide where they are off to next during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Katie Strong (left) and April Weeks look at the schedule to decide where they are off to next during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Author Anne Byrn talks to fans as she autographs books during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Author Anne Byrn talks to fans as she autographs books during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Josie Vance and Declan Llewellyn slide between the handrails as they wait to cross Church St. to get to the children's section of the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Josie Vance and Declan Llewellyn slide between the handrails as they wait to cross Church St. to get to the children’s section of the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Wendy Bandrowski looks at the schedule for the Decatur Book Festival as she decides which author to see next on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Wendy Bandrowski looks at the schedule for the Decatur Book Festival as she decides which author to see next on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Author Jacqueline Woodson (right) speaks to the crowd while Valerie Boyd moderates during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.

Author Jacqueline Woodson (right) speaks to the crowd while Valerie Boyd moderates during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.

Author Jacqueline Woodson (right) reads an excerpt from her newest novel "Another Brooklyn" during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Author Jacqueline Woodson (right) reads an excerpt from her newest novel “Another Brooklyn” during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Hundreds of people sit in the pews of Decatur Presbyterian Church as they listen to author Jacqueline Woodson read an excerpt from her newest novel "Another Brooklyn" during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Hundreds of people sit in the pews of Decatur Presbyterian Church as they listen to author Jacqueline Woodson read an excerpt from her newest novel “Another Brooklyn” during the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Mairsa McClellan zests ginger as she demonstrates one of her jelly receipes during the annual Decatur Book Festival on Saturday. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Mairsa McClellan zests ginger as she demonstrates one of her jelly receipes during the annual Decatur Book Festival on Saturday.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

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