The AJC Decatur Book Festival events are staged at 17 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, August 31 (for set up) through Sunday evening, September 2, also indicated on the map.

Author presentations begin at 10 am on Saturday, September 1 and 12 noon on Sunday, September 2. See session details here. Choose the day to see all sessions that day. Click the “print-friendly schedule” link to see all sessions by time order by day.

The DBF Street Fair is open from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 6 pm on Sunday. Browse the exhibitor list.


  • Filter author events by genre, stage or day. Narrow browsing to the groups that interest you most: Adult, YA, 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.


Kick off the fun each day with the Children’s Parade!

What makes you special? This year’s Saturday parade theme is Let It Shine! Come out in your finest and show the world your shine, as children's picture book author Angela DiTerlizzi leads us to the Children's Stage to celebrate her newest book, Just Add Glitter! Lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Community Bandstand on the square (stage 13 on the map) with the parade heading to the Children’s Stage at 9:45 a.m.

Calling all Jedis! The Force is with us on Sunday as we march to the Children's Stage led by Adam Rex, creator of the new picture book, Are You Scared, Darth Vader? 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. The DBF is a 501(c)3 dedicated to encouraging the love of the written and spoken word by engaging in a diverse community of readers, writers, and creative spirits. In addition to producing the festival, funds are used to support programs throughout the year for students, teachers, authors and storytellers.


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 Three Taverns Brewery will be featured at our beverage concession stands and Steel City 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, 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), and the annual Book as Art exhibition at the Decatur Library (stage 16). This juried show, produced by the Decatur Arts Alliance, celebrates the book with a wildly varied collection of inventive and intriguing work that challenges expectations. Learn more about Decatur at