Festival Schedule

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Presenting Author List

The festival will feature lectures and signings from more than 300 national and local authors, including award-winners, best-sellers, and some just getting started. View the entire list, or search by author last name or genre.



Curated by ArtsATL, art|DBF returns to the AJC Decatur Book Festival in 2016 to showcase the arts and culture community of Decatur and surrounding Atlanta area.

Festival Highlights

Get ready, DBF is almost here!

Tens of thousands of book lovers will gather on the Decatur Square over Labor Day weekend for the 11th annual AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical. They will absorb the wide array of events, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, music, dance, theatre troupe performances and other programming for adults and children of all ages and interests.

Here are a few highlights:

  • This year’s Keynote event, “The Life and Works of Pat Conroy,” will feature friends and family of late Southern literary icon (the event is sold out).
  • The Kidnote speaker is Captain Underpants series writer Dav Pilkey, who will present his new book Dog Man.
  • 2014 National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson will present her novel Another Brooklyn.
  • Emory University-based poet Kevin Young, called “one of the most important poets of his generation” by The Washington Post, will participate in a session titled “A Sense of Self, A Sense of Place.”
  • Todd Richards and Ted Lee will conduct a demonstration from the late Edna Lewis’ classic cookbook The Taste of Country Cooking — the first of what will become an annual event.
  • Serenbe Playhouse will perform pop-up segments from Charlotte’s Web and Miss Saigon throughout the weekend.
  • Children’s author Andrea Beaty (Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist) will lead the Sunday parade.

Click here for complete 2016 DBF Festival Highlights.

AJC DeKalb Medical Emory University Atlanta PRO AV City of Decatur Decatur Education Foundation Emory Libraries Emory Point Lenz Marketing MailChimp Public Broadcasting (WABE)
Agnes Scott College Atlanta History Center The Atlanta Writers Club Big Green Egg BookLogix Decatur Writers Studio DeKalb County Public Library Georgia Grown Georgia Humanities Georgia State University HUX Lodge Cast Iron Private Bank of Decatur Springer Mountain Farms


Dav Pilkey

Decatur High School Performing Arts Center

Friday, 5:00-6:00

Dav Pilkey, the creator of the popular Captain Underpants series introduces his newest character, Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!

Local children's bookstore Little Shop of Stories will also announce the 2016 book for its community wide reading initiative On The Same Page.

Children will have the chance for photo-ops with Captain Underpants and Dog Man. In addition, there will be lots of fun prizes and giveaways!

Tickets for the Kidnote address are free but will be limited to four per person. They can be picked up at Little Shop of Stories or by calling (404) 373-6300.

Click here for more info about the Kidnote Address.


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