Set up for Decatur Book Festival beginsFile Photo: Jonathan Phillips Raymond Atkins (right), his wife Marsha and Cat Blanco talk inside the hospitality suite 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.
The Decatur Book Festival kicks off on Friday, and the city of Decatur is prepping for an expected attendance of 95,000 people.
“Installation starts Thursday Sept. 3 in the morning for locations off the main streets and around the Old Courthouse,” the announcement from the city says. “No parking signs will be posted on the main streets at the discretion of the Decatur Police Department. Street closures of N. McDonough start at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, Ponce De Leon, S. Clairemont, S. McDonough, E. Court Square and Sycamore street closures start on Friday, Sep. 4, at 3 p.m. Tent/exhibit installation will start as the streets clear. Dismantle will start at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 and normally complete by midnight when all streets will be reopened.”
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The city says the Book Market Street Fair will feature over 200 booths, food and drink, music and storytelling. There will be 150 exhibitors, 20 presentation stages, and 600 speakers.
Decaturish.com will participate in this year’s book festival, too. The Decaturish: Writing Local panel, featuring columnist Nicki Salcedo, Associate Editor Dena Mellick and Editor Dan Whisenhunt will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 4:15 p.m. at the Romance Writers Pavilion. The Pavilion is on West Ponce de Leon Avenue near the intersection of Marshall Street. We’ll be discussing Salcedo’s latest book, “Intersections“, a collection of her Decaturish columns.