Posts tagged with "Decatur Book Festival"

Ryan Gravel, the brains behind the Beltline, will receive Judy Turner prize

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 10, 2016

The Decatur Book Festival’s first-ever Judy Turner Prize will be awarded to Ryan Gravel, the man who came up with the idea for the Atlanta BeltLine. Gravel, a Georgia Tech student in 1999, wrote his master’s thesis about the idea of a Beltline in Atlanta. Today the Beltline, a 22-mile trail connecting parks around the […]

Decatur Book Festival will honor the life of Pat Conroy

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 14, 2016

The Decatur Book Festival says this year’s keynote event will be a tribute to the life and work of author Pat Conroy, who passed away on March 4 after battling pancreatic cancer. The “Prince of Tides” author was 70. “Cassandra King Conroy, Rick Bragg and other friends and family will gather to pay tribute to […]

Decatur Book Festival launches Decatur Writers Studio

Posted by Dena Mellick March 23, 2016

The Decatur Book Festival has launched the Decatur Writers Studio (DWS) to help both professional and aspiring writers. A press release said, “As the AJC DBF enters its 11th year in September, it seeks to expand upon the work it has performed in carving out a larger slice for Decatur on the Southern literary scene. […]

Decatur Book Festival announces new program director

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 3, 2015

There’s been a casting change at the Decatur Book Festival. Philip Rafshoon is leaving his role as program director, a post he’s held for three years. He is being replaced by Julie Wilson, who previously served as the assistant program director. Rafshoon said via social media that, “I have greatly enjoyed helping the largest independent book festival […]

(PHOTOS) – 2015 Decatur Book Festival

Posted by September 6, 2015

Each year the Decatur Book Festival brings in a crowd. The DBF is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, […]

Decatur Police offering bicycle registration during Book Festival

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 4, 2015

The Decatur Police Department is once again offering bicycle registration to local cyclists. The Police Department will be set up at the Decatur Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 5. Bike registration will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the North McDonough turnaround near the Book Festival Bike Valet. Registration is free. “Bicycles are […]

Set up for Decatur Book Festival begins

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 3, 2015

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 […]

Decatur Book Festival needs volunteers

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 21, 2015

The Decatur Book Festival will be here soon, and organizers still need volunteers to help with a multitude of tasks. “Spanning Sept. 4 through Sept. 6, the Decatur Book Festival offers a variety of volunteer opportunities; everything from assisting at speaker venues, to dressing up as characters from children’s stories, to helping with the setup […]

What’s on the schedule at this year’s Decatur Book Festival?

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 29, 2015

The Decatur Book Festival has firmed up its schedule for 2015. The book festival, which draws thousands to Decatur each year, will be held Sept. 4-6. View the full schedule by clicking here. There will be a keynote event on Friday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m., with authors Erica Jong and Roxane Gay. Jong is best known […]

Chuck Leavell to headline Westchester Elementary fundraiser

Posted by March 12, 2015

Chuck Leavell, the keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, and The Black Crowes, will be sharing his music at Eddie’s Attic to benefit Westchester Elementary School in Decatur. Leavell’s two grandsons attend the newly reopened elementary school. His daughter, Amy Leavell Bransford, is chairing the fundraiser. Bransford also invited her […]

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