Tickets sold out on the second day to the Keynote event for the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical. The Friday, Sept. 2, event, titled “The Life and Works of Pat Conroy,” is a tribute to the Southern literary icon, who died of pancreatic cancer on March 4 at the age of 70.
The AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) is marking its 11th year and every year the Keynote has sold out, according to DBF Founding Executive Director Daren Wang. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4.
“We always have great interest in our programming, especially the Keynote, but Pat was such a presence at the festival that I get the sense that this year the interest among DBF fans is especially personal,” Wang said.
The Conroy remembrance will kick off the 11th annual festival at 8 p.m. at the 800-seat Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. Novelist Cassandra King Conroy (Conroy’s wife), Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Bragg and other friends and family will gather to pay tribute to Conroy, share special memories and read favorite passages from his many books.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) is the largest independent book festival in the country. Over Labor Day weekend tens of thousands from metro Atlanta and beyond share the historic Decatur Square with world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers and booksellers for a weekend filled with literature, music, food and fun. For more information, visit decaturbookfestival.com,“like” Decatur Book Festival on Facebook or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter.