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Decatur Book Festival returns this Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1


Decatur Book Festival returns this Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1

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Katie Strong (left) and April Weeks look at the schedule to decide where they are off to next during the Decatur Book Festival. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips


This Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, the annual Decatur Book Festival is returning to the city of Decatur, filled with activities geared toward all interests and ages, such as book talks, improv comedy, children’s parades, a culinary stage, poetry readings and more.

The festival will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, and events will be scheduled throughout the weekend through Sunday, Sept. 1, at 6:45 p.m. To see the full schedule, click here.

Some of the special events will include, “Keynote: Effecting Change in a Changing World: Latinx Writers on Immigration,” a few sessions of “Artbound & Soul Food Cypher Present: Bars + Beats of East Atlanta,” and Dad’s Garage’s show “Improv Gets Lit,” among several others.

This year’s guests include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who will be speaking about her children’s book, “Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You.” Tickets to her event are sold out.

In addition to special events, King of Pops will be selling pops at the festival, coming with its popular flavors as well as special flavors for the weekend: Tangerine Basil, Roasted Strawberry Goat Cheese, and Fresh Peach. According to a recent press release, “local cookbook author Matthew Terrell worked with the King of Pops team to select these flavors, and write original ‘microstories’ about the three flavors,” which will be printed and handed out on limited-edition bookmarks. As the author of fictional cookbook, “The Magnolia Bayou Cookbook,” Terrell will be on a festival panel, “Bending Genres, Unexpected Storytelling” on Aug. 31 at 12:30 p.m., held at the Marriott Conference Center Auditorium.

A full schedule for the weekend can be found here: https://decaturbookfestival.com/festival/schedule/.

And since there’s a lot going on in the city throughout the weekend, the festival is still in search of volunteers. Those interested in helping out should check out Volunteer Decatur to sign up here: https://www.decaturga.com/cd/page/volunteer-decatur.

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