Friday, September 3, 2010

THE AJC DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL STARTS TODAY!!!

If Liz Kessler gets the nod for coming the furthest distance to the Children's Stage, there are other authors of note who could possibly walk from home.

Here are authors with Atlanta connections on stages in which we are involved!

Shelia Moses - Children's Stage - Saturday - 1:00 - Ms. Moses, who lives in Atlanta, has written numerous books for tweens/YA.  Her newest is Joseph, a book about a young teen whose home life has fallen apart.
Deborah Wiles -  Children's Stage - Saturday - 1:00 - Joining Shelia Moses will be Deb Wiles, another Atlantan, whose great Aurora County trilogy is set in the small Alabama community of her youth.  Her newest, Countdown, has received multiple starred reviews.
Vicky Alvear Shecter - Children's Stage - Saturday - 2:00 - This Atlanta area author of the informative and entertaining Alexander the Great Rocks the World is back with the brand new Cleopatra Rules!  Hey, nonfiction rules!
Brian Jordan - Children's Stage - Sunday - 3:00 - He played for the Atlanta Falcons.  He played for the Atlanta Braves.  He runs the Atlanta-based Brian Jordan Foundation.  He is a sports analyst for Fox Sports South.  And he's an author!
Laurel Snyder - Children's Stage - Sunday - 4:30 - Laurel lives with her family here in Atlanta, and writes and writes and writes.  She has published something like five books in the last 2+ years, including a picture book (Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher) and a chapter book (Penny Dreadful) this year!
Terra Elan McVoy - The Escape at the Old Courthouse - Saturday - 1:00 - She worked for years at Little Shop of Stories.  Now she's a big-time author with two YA novels (Pure and After the Kiss) the past two years.  Gooooooooooo Terra!
Susan Rebecca White - The Escape at the Old Courthouse - Saturday - 5:00 - Born and raised in Atlanta, Ms. White currently teaches in the creative writing program at Emory University.  She is the author of this year's A Soft Place to Land.
Jackson Pearce - The Escape at the Old Courthouse - Sunday - 4:00 - Ms. Pearce is a UGA graduate and currently lives in Atlanta.  Sisters Red, her second novel, was published this year.
Thomas Mullen - Decatur Library Stage - Saturday - 10:00 - His last book, The Last Town on Earth, was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, a New York Times Editor's Choice, and received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction.  His new book is The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers.  Mr. Mullen lives in Atlanta.
Susanne Fincher - Decatur Library Stage - Saturday - 11:15 - Ms. Fincher is an Atlanta-based Jungian-oriented psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Board Certified Art Therapist who employs the techniques of art therapy, which is the subject of her books.
Todd Moye - Decatur Library Stage - Saturday - 12:30 - From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Moye directed the National Park Service’s Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project, based in Atlanta. This author of Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II teaches at the University of North Texas.
Josh Russell -  Decatur Library Stage - Saturday - 1:45 - Mr. Russell teaches creative writing at Georgia State University, and is the author of 2010's My Bright Midnight.
Dorothy Moye - Decatur Library Stage - Saturday - 5:30 - A Decatur art consultant, Ms. Moye is the curator of a documentary photography exhibition to open in August on Emory University’s online journal, Southern Spaces.
Kathleen Koch - Decatur Library Stage - Saturday - 5:30 - Ms. Koch is a former correspondent for Atlanta based CNN. Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered has just been published.
Allison Umminger - Decatur Library Stage - Sunday - 12:00 - Ms. Umminger is an Atlanta-based writer who has co-authored two novels, Flyover States and Eye to Eye, under the pseudonyms Grace Grant and Grace Carol, with Dana Johnson.
Norma Price - Decatur Library Stage - Sunday - 1:15 - Dr. Price practiced at Emory University Hospital and Clinic and currently lives in Tucson, where her interest in immigrant issues resulted in Crossing with the Virgin: Stories from the Migrant Trail, which she co-authored.  Her son, Justin, is a former Little Shop employee who lives in Decatur.
Joseph Skibell -  Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary Stage - Sunday - 3:45 - Mr. Skibell's third novel, A Curable Romantic (featuring a great cover), was published this year.  He teaches at Emory University.

The Weather - (Hey, what could be more local?) Decatur's weather forecast just seemed to get more and more awesome as this weekend approached.  Daren had a dream that the temperature peaked at 82.  Dreams may come true!

Forecast:
Friday, September 3rd - high 93 degrees; low 64 degrees; 10% chance of rain
Saturday, September 4th - high 83 degrees; low 57 degrees; 0% chance of rain
Sunday, September 5th - high 85 degrees; low 61 degrees; 0% chance of rain

1 comment:

JP said...

I had the time of my LIFE at this festival. I met two of my friends from North Carolina. We're both young adult book bloggers, and we met some amazing YA authors and got books signed it was a THRILL. I'm coming back to DBF every year, and I love Little Shop--it's an amazing indie bookstore.