AJC Decatur Book Festival

Written by Emily Anne Jackson 

This Labor Day weekend, throw that Kindle contraption down and head to the AJC Decatur Book Festival, where you can wander through the Southeast’s most literary street fair, delve into discussions with authors, attend presentations on your favorite titles and maybe even discover a new one.

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country. During this 3-day party for the printed word, you’ll find more book-related goodness than any e-reader could hold. Attendance on any day of the weekend-long event will be met with panels of popular authors, local food and drink to revivify your reading facilities and tables of books to satisfy your most bibliophilic tendencies.  

One annual highlight of the festival is the Keynote Address. This year’s Keynote Address will be delivered by Congressman John Lewis on Friday, Aug. 30. In the past, Congressman Lewis has made history for his role in the human and civil rights movements. Now Congressman Lewis is making comic book history with his graphic memoir “March,” which includes firsthand recollections of the 1963 March on Washington and 1965 Selma-Montgomery March. Some other main festival attractions include an opening day Children’s Parade, poetry slams, book signings, live music performances and the Atlanta Fine and Collectible Fair presented by the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association.decaturbookfestival.com