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(PHOTOS) 2017 Decatur Book Festival

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(PHOTOS) 2017 Decatur Book Festival

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By Richard Phillips, contributor 

The annual AJC Decatur Book Festival started in earnest on Saturday, Sept. 2, a beautiful September day.

More than 450 authors, 130 exhibitors and sponsors and 80,000 book lovers are expected to be counted in attendance. So much to do: listen to authors tell their tales of the inspiration for their books, watch a kids’ parade to kick off the weekend, indulge in culinary delights at the many food stands and cafes, and of course search for the one book you can’t live without.

The Festival continues on Sunday, Sept. 3.

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This years Family Zone was substantially larger than past years as you can see by the many folks strolling through the area.

LeUyen Pham, the designer of this year’s banner, shows off her super girl skills outside the Historic Dekalb Courthouse

Charlie and Andy Palmer pose with Bookzilla just prior to kicking off the Kids’ Parade.

LeUyen Pham, Dean Hale, Shannon Hale, Kelly DiPucchio showing their strength with Bookzilla. Many kids love the stories of “The Princess in Black” who has two personalities.

Bookzilla and Jerry G White, drummer, lead of the morning parade at the Decatur Book Festival.

Throngs of folks follow behind the leaders in the kids’ parade on Saturday.

Admira Milinokvic, Scott, Pieper, Christopher Moffet are eager to talk about how the library can positively influence all of us in addtion to all the electronic access we have.

Walter Biggins, author, Kaelin (L) Broabdus and Anne Richmond Boston (R), eagerly await visitors to discuss his latest book “Bob Mould’s Workbook”.

Kai Watts of Decatur is delighted to talk with Kalie and Jay Barber authors of some of today’s popular fantasy books for kids and teens of all ages.

William Mark presented two of his books, “From Behind the Blue Line” and “Crossing the Blue Line.”

Here’s a close up of the rows upon rows of books for sale at the Decatur Book Festival

“Still Christian: Surviving the Radical Changes in American Christianity” at the First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary

A closer look at the banner created by LeYuen Pham hanging from the top of the Historic Dekalb Courthouse

Megan Miranda waits to sign one a fan’s book.

Mark Kimmell (L) of Peachtree Corners, GA and his friend, Larry Dunn, from Moore, OK look for book treasures inside the Historic Dekalkb Courthouse

Henry Winkler, The Fonz, signs one of his now popular kids books “Hank” for Dena Krupinsky and her son Nikolay Brucherseifer

Nikolay Brucherseifer and his mother Dena Krupinsky show off their proud copy of a signed edition of “Hank”, one of Henry Winkler’s more popular kids books.

The crowd of book fans was quite large today along Ponce DeLeon Avenue in Decatur at the AJC Decatur Book Festival

Holly Chute and Ted Lee discuss one of the featured presenters at the ADBF, “Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook”

Stella Robider demonstrates the ease of using Rhineland Cutlery to slice tomatoes.

Vallorie Byers and son Oliver stop for just a short time to refuel for the rest of the book festival adventure.

One of the local merchants experienced a bonanza of book lovers today.

Addison (L), Michael and Isabella (R) Martinelli explore what books to purchase at the Little Shop of Stories

Carla Yvette of Decatur is very interested in Michael Eric Dyson’s book along with many others she planned on purchasing today.

This years Family Zone was substantially larger than past years as you can see by the many folks strolling through the area.

This year celebrates the 75th year of continuous publication of Golden Children’s Books. A family here is reading and coloring at a side booth.

So many books to choose from and those displayed here are from Author Aaron Reynolds

Aaron Reynolds is about to have fun with volunteers from the audience to act out some of the stories in his books. “Creepy Pair of Underwear” is his latest for the Halloween season coming up.

There were lots of choices for young readers and their parents.

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