The AJC Decatur Book Festival events are staged at 18 venues across Downtown Decatur. None are more than a seven-minute walk from the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, which is at the heart of the festival grounds. Click here to see the venue map. Also shown on this map are locations of parking, festival information, first aid, restrooms and the free bike valet. Note that some city streets will be closed from 3 p.m. on Friday, September 1 (for set up) through Sunday evening, September 3, also indicated on the map.


Once we announce the schedule in July, you’ll be able to:

  • Search for information or authors using the search function
  • Filter author events by genre, stage or day. Narrow browsing to the groups that interest you most: Adult, Teen, Children’s, Emerging Writers or Local Poets
  • Learn more about each author and their book, and read an event abstract
  • Find links to our sponsors’ and exhibitors’ websites for more information
  • Make an online donation to the festival


Book sales and author signings occur after each author event. Each stage has a dedicated bookseller that carries the books being presented at that stage. We encourage you to purchase your book at the festival just before the author event to avoid the sales line following the event. A portion of sales from these booksellers helps support the DBF.

If you wish to visit our booksellers at their shops before the festival, click here for their information.


Join Bookzilla to kick off the fun each day with the Children’s Parade!

Grand Marshals Kelly DiPucchio, Shannon and Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham are teaming up to lead our Saturday parade in heroic fashion. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and march to the Children’s stage where we’ll discuss the magic of superpowers. Lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Bandstand on the square (stage 13 on the festival map) with the parade heading to the Children’s stage at 9:45 a.m.

On Sunday, Grand Marshal Carmen Agra Deedy is going to help us make some noise! Bring an instrument (homemade included) and make some joyous sounds as we head to the Children’s stage. Lineup begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Bandstand on the square (stage 13 on the map), marching away at 11:45 a.m.


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Donating to the AJC Decatur Book Festival helps us promote literary art and culture. This year at DBF, we are honored to present more than 450 authors, including award-winners, best-sellers and emerging writers. Along with the festival, we are committed to fueling a strong literary community by providing programs and resources for writers throughout the year. We invite you to join us in our efforts with an online contribution or by giving at one of our conveniently located donation boxes in the foyers of First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary, Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary, Marriott Conference Center and Decatur Recreation Center stages.


MARTA is a convenient and inexpensive way to get to DBF. The Decatur Station (E6 on the blue line) is at the center of the festival campus. Visit our Getting Here page for driving directions.


Downtown Decatur parking is plentiful, convenient and affordable. The DBF venue map indicates several locations. Parking deck and lot addresses, along with hours and rates, can be found at the City of Decatur website.


Visitors to DBF can enjoy several food truck options located on East Court Square and Sycamore Street. Decatur’s almost-very-own Wild Heaven Beer (neighboring Avondale Estates really gets the claim) will be featured at our beverage concession stands and King of Pops will be vending from their carts. Visit the City of Decatur website for a guide to restaurants and other shops around the festival.


Of course the festival provides access to all that the City of Decatur has to offer: dozens of excellent restaurants (many nationally-recognized for their food, craft beer selections and cocktails), the Decatur Farmers Market (Saturday morning at First Baptist Church Decatur), the DeKalb History Center (exhibits open in the Historic DeKalb Courthouse during the festival), public art installations, and tiny doors. Learn more at