Calling All Bookworms! Decatur Book Festival Returns Labor Day Weekend

Written by Abbey Ferguson | Photography courtesy of Lenz Marketing

kids bookzillaWe’re into the final stretch and you’ve nearly conquered that summer reading list. Now plan a break from books to do a different kind of reading with the Annual AJC Decatur Book festival during Labor Day Weekend.

In its ninth year, Director Darren Wang is thrilled to have legendary author, Joyce Carol Oates delivering the keynote address. Since kicking off her celebrated career in the early 1960s, 40 of her literary pieces have been featured on the New York Times annual list of notable books, and this year she will be debuting her much anticipated short story collection, “Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories.”

If her appearance alone doesn’t already have you clearing your schedule for this upcoming Labor Day weekend, there’s plenty more incentive to do so. For one, the entire festival is free of charge; you don’t have to spend a dime – except on all the new books you won’t be able to resist. Two, you get to dress up! Following the keynote address, a children’s parade officially kicks off the weekend, with a themed borrowed from the beloved “Wizard of Oz.” Everyone is strongly encouraged to put their brains, heart and courage into dressing up as their favorite Oz character.

Books and Oz costumes aren’t the only things you’ll find filling up Ponce de Leon Avenue. In its second year celebrating the arts, The Decatur Book Festival continues weekend performances by Decatur High School Performing Arts Centre with beloved classics such as “Jane, the Fox, and Me” and “The Sleepy Hollow Experience.”

This year is also the first for the brand new outdoor cooking stage, showcasing nine cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend with legendary chefs such as Charmian Christie, Jennifer Booker, Daniel Shumski and more. Luckily there are as many opportunities to chow down as there are to learn about snacking smarts. Follow DeKalb Medicals new Healthy and Local Track to get the dish about the power and influence on food culture from discussions with renowned authors Philip Lymbery and Marcie Ferris Cohen. You’ll likely work up an appetite similar to the one Bookzilla, the festival’s infamous mascot, has for paperbacks.

Last but not least, get hands on at the Decatur Makers Tent. Exercise your brain with kid-friendly activities presented by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Big Nerd Ranch and The Decatur Makers for your enjoyment. A wide range of interactive fun tasks such as iOs app development, DIY fix it tips and 3D printing awaits you. With fun for all ages, and books of all varieties, we can’t wait to see you at this year’s Decatur Book Festival. decaturbookfestival.com