Atlanta – August 13, 2019 – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival presented by Emory University (DBF) announces that tickets for three of this year’s most anticipated festival events are now available to the public.
Graphix Con Kidnote
On Friday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m., the Decatur Recreation Center will host its own version of a graphic novel convention. This special DBF Kidnote program will feature activity stations where kids can draw and storyboard their own graphic novels. Featured author-presenters are Kristen Gudsnuk, Matt Holm, Tui Sutherland, and Ru Xu.
Free tickets to the Graphix Con Kidnote are now available online at http://bit.ly/2H2Clew. Parents and kids can also pick up Kidnote tickets at the Georgia Center for the Book (Decatur Library) or at independent bookstores A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Book Shop, Little Shop of Stories, and Tall Tales Books.
PEN America Immigration Keynote
In partnership with PEN America, DBF has dedicated its Friday night Keynote and an entire track of author programs to the topic of immigration. Richard Blanco, the fifth person in U.S. history selected to write and deliver an inaugural poem, will be joined by Rigoberto González, author of 17 books of poetry and prose, and Gabriela Baeza Ventura, executive editor of Arte Público Press. The panel will discuss Latinx writing and immigration, the power of literature to effect change, who gets to call a country home, and the value of providing opportunities for uncensored expression.
The DBF-PEN America Keynote panel discussion will take place on Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Mariela Romero, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist from Univision Atlanta, will moderate the discussion. Immigration track sessions will happen on Saturday and Sunday of the festival.
Free tickets to the Keynote panel discussion are now available by visiting the Emory Schwartz Center box office, the Georgia Center for the Book (Decatur Library), or the following independent bookstores: A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Book Shop, Little Shop of Stories, and Tall Tales Books. Guests can also order tickets online at http://bit.ly/2H1cbZB.
Philippa Gregory “Tidelands” Event
On Sunday, Sep. 1 at 6:30 p.m., DBF will welcome Philippa Gregory, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “The Last Tudor.” A recognized authority on women’s history, Gregory will discuss her latest work of historical fiction, “Tidelands.”
This is a ticketed event that includes the cost of the book ($30 plus tax) signed by Gregory. Tickets are now on sale online at http://bit.ly/2Z74GqA and at Eagle Eye Book Shop. The “Tidelands” event at First Baptist Church of Decatur will conclude the festival.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Ticket Announcement Forthcoming
DBF will announce ticket details for the Sunday, Sep. 1 event featuring Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and her new children’s book “Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You” in the coming week.
Tickets to all DBF events offer general admission seating, and demand usually exceeds available tickets. Attendees are encouraged to order tickets online or pick them up in person as soon as possible. For more details and to view a list of all DBF Special Events, visit this page of the DBF website: https://decaturbookfes.wpengine.com/festival/schedule/special-events/.
About the AJC Decatur Book Festival
Launched in 2006, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) presented by Emory University brings more than 250 nationally and internationally known authors, children’s and young adult writers and illustrators, and tens of thousands of readers together for a weekend of fun and discovery. Held every Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia, the DBF is one of the largest independent book festivals in the country. The DBF also sponsors the Decatur Writers Studio. To learn more, visit the new festival website at decaturbookfestival.com.
Media Contact: Alison Law