I know everyone is gearing up for the upcoming Labor Day holiday. For some people, it signifies the first days of fall, for others, it’s just a break from work or school, but for southern book lovers, it means it’s time for another round of the Decatur Book Festival.
Held in Decatur, GA (a suburb right outside of Atlanta), the DBF brings an incredibly diverse range of authors every single year for readings, signings, Q&A sessions, book launches, and more. In the past we’ve seen the likes of Clyde Edgerton, Sheila Turnage, Karen Russell, Julie Otsuka, Colin Meloy, Dav Pilkey, Tom Perrotta, Meg Cabot, Lauren Groff, and so many more. I really didn’t even scratch the surface with that list. The festival usually brings several hundred authors every year ranging from New York Times bestselling authors to Indie writers and illustrators. You never know what you’re going to get at the DBF…
This year, joining the ranks of past visitors will be Linwood Barclay, Lev Grossman, Jennifer Haigh, Pamela Schoenewaldt, Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs, Mary Alice Monroe, Zane, and Lily Koppel to name a few. In fact, you better just have a look at the official author list to get a better idea of how huge and diverse this event really is.
I’m thrilled that Clyde Edgerton will be returning this year! I met him at the 2011 festival, and his event was by far the most entertaining and celebratory book reading/signing I’ve ever been to. Clyde Edgerton offers the performance of a lifetime with singing, piano-playing, storytelling, and jokes, so if you ever have the opportunity, I highly recommend his events.
As excited as I am about the 2013 author list, this year, I’m returning for one big reason – Francesca Lia Block. Let me say that again: Francesca. Lia. Block. OMG!! She’s been one of my literary heroes since I read Weetzie Bat in high school (and about a billion times since then), and I cannot wait to shake her hand and probably cry a little as I stare awkwardly as she (hopefully) signs my first edition of Weetzie Bat. Swoon!
The festivities will begin on August 30th, one week from today. I hope to see you all there…it’s the book adventure of a lifetime. And of course, Atlanta offers some of the best shopping and dining experiences in the south, so when you’re not reading or listening to great authors, there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself in Hotlanta..