Decatur Book Festival

August 30 - September 1, 2019 Saturday 10am–6pm and Sunday 12pm–6pm.

August 27, 2019

The AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) is one of the largest independent book festivals in the country. A community non-profit, the AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) provides programming that fosters curiosity, creates conversations, and challenges barriers.

Since 2006, the festival has brought more than 3,500 authors to Decatur during Labor Day weekend who engage, inspire, challenge, and educate. Each year tens of thousands of festival-goers enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, interactive children's activities, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, and more. In addition to the festival, the AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) supports youth literacy and other related programs that encourage storytelling and help people find their voice. 

The AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) encourages a love of the written and spoken word by engaging a diverse community of readers, writers, and creative spirits. In pursuing this mission, the festival seeks to:

  • Showcase an array of national and international voices at the festival and throughout the year.
  • Connect readers with writers.
  • Illustrate the many ways reading encourages personal and cultural empathy and knowledge.
  • Encourage the love of reading and creative expression in children and adults.

Friday, August 30

  • Kidnote 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Keynote 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, August 31

  • Children’s Parade 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Author Sessions & DBF Street Fair 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday, September 1

  • Children’s Parade 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Author Sessions & DBF Street Fair 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Street fair vendors are only open during festival hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Session Schedule Starting with special events on Thursday, August 29th to a must-see closing session on Sunday, September 1st, there’ll be so much to choose from this Labor Day weekend at the AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF).

Personally, I know Lyssa Sahadevan.   She is a Cobb County first grade teacher and author.  Lyssa Sahadevan will be debuting her STEM Series books. Designed for guided reading or to be mentor texts for STEM lessons, the set of five nonfiction books were published by Hameray. She will join other SCWBI authors in Booth 405. You can join Lyssa for a signing and bridge-building activity at 11:00 on Saturday! To see the whole schedule, visit HERE.

General festival sessions on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public. The festival hosts other events that are ticketed and may or may not have costs associated with them. In 2019, the Keynote and Kidnote events require tickets but are free, as space is limited.

Ticket Information: Some of the special events require tickets. If the event you are interested in attending is not listed in the special events schedule, it will be first come, first served seating.

The festival’s venues are located throughout downtown Decatur and are within walking distance of one another. View the 2019 Festival Map.

The AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) is a community-based non-profit and 501(c)3 that counts on donations to operate each year. Donations are tax-deductible.

If you’re driving to the festival, type 101 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030 into your GPS for directions to downtown Decatur.

AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Follow using #DBF2019.

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