Today I'm going to tell you all about the glory of DBF.
AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country—but that’s not all they do - the organization behind the festival promotes a year-round literary community by hosting a series of fundraising and literary events.
DBF is in it's 9th year. I have attended 5 of those years. I deeply regret missing the first 4 but at the time was swamped by small children and such, and did not realize what a glorious thing I was losing out on.
|Daren Wang, Exec. Dir of DBF|
Speaking of volunteers - there are a billion of them and they are all happy, smiling and so helpful. Are you lost? Overly hot? Tired and unsure of where you are going? All with smiles and identifying t-shirts they will find you seats, locations, water, events and timetables. These are volunteers that completely believe in the event and books and want to share that love.
The entire square in downtown Decatur opens their doors to this festival. The author events are held at the high school, the churches, the rec center..... even City Hall! All doors are opened to the public. This time I realized that I was at a church event too early when I saw that the sermon was still going on - they simply planned to end the service on time and let in the book lovers. That is fantastic.
|Jackie Cooper, Ann Hite and Kim Boykin - Authors|
There is a special section of books, authors and activities for children that is delightful to see - anything that encourages a young reader is a hit with me.
|Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at Leon's. Oh Yum!|
As "Media", I will admit that I do get a bit more of the special treatment myself so I can see behind the scenes how much work the DBF team puts into making this an organized, exceptional and well received event - and in turn the authors , book sellers and media feel that it is well deserving of the attention it receives. The DBF festival grows every year and I can easily see it only becoming better each year.
Link to DBF - Click HERE.
If you want to see more of the photos I took while at this year's festival, come visit my FB page, facebook.com/idgieatthedew. I proudly share many author photos and anecdotes about the festival there. (Did I mention that Pat Conroy is a doll of a man?)
Pencil it into your calendar now. DBF, every year - Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend with a Key Note speaker on the Friday night before. (If you are the daring sort, there's a Marta station in Downtown that will take you directly to the Dragoncon action in downtown Atlanta too - you can attend both!)
|Couldn't get close enough to John Scalzi||for a pic - the crowd!|
|Pat Conroy and John Warley|