Internationally acclaimed director and actor of stage, film and television, Kenny Leon is the 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) keynote speaker on Friday, August 31. This year, Leon is releasing his first memoir Take You Wherever You Go.
“We are truly thrilled and honored to have Kenny Leon,” said DBF executive director Julie Wilson. “His creativity and vision bring to life what we hope inspires our festival attendees. His work is true magic.” more
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 2018 US publication of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, this year’s Kidnote event will feature a star studded group of popular middle grade and YA authors, including local authors Becky Albertalli, Laurel Snyder, and Nic Stone, talking about how The Sorcerer's Stone changed the literary landscape for both readers and writers. For more information on DBF Children’s and Young Adult programming highlights, click here. Information about how to get tickets will be posted on our website and our facebook page in early August.
The 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival poster is illustrated by Caldecott Honoree, R. Gregory Christie, who will also be presenting at DBF. Mr. Christie is an illustrator with over 60 books to his credit and he owns GAS-ART Gifts (Gregarious Art Statements), an autographed children’s bookstore, gallery, and open art studio located in Decatur, Georgia. The illustration was inspired by the concept of people expanding their horizons and thoughts, and finding new voices to learn about and learn from. Elements of festival scenes and City of Decatur express the joy of embracing the discovery that comes from reading in a welcoming community.