By Addie Balenger
If you’re a bookworm or poetry enthusiast, head down to Decatur square tonight to witness a once in a lifetime literary event. The many published authors who call Decatur their home will gather together on the Old Courthouse steps to take a special photograph, one that recreates the iconic 1958 photo of jazz legends called “A Great Day in Harlem.” The photo taken this evening will appropriately be titled “A Great Day in Decatur.”
Today’s photo shoot of “A Great Day in Decatur” also includes a reception to launch the AJC Decatur Book Festival’s “My Festival” campaign, encouraging authors, local business owners and area residents to share why they love and participate in the AJC Decatur Book Festival, to be held this year Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
In addition to the recently named Poet Laureate of the U.S. and Decatur resident, Natasha Trethewey, many other esteemed authors will be present this evening, including Amanda Kyle Williams. Williams introduced her first book in a three part series, “The Stranger You Seek,” last year at the 2011 AJC Decatur Book Festival. Other authors include Mickey Baskett, Amy Benson Brown, Joe Crespino and many more.
The photograph “A Great Day in Decatur” will be taken at 6 p.m. on the steps of the Old Courthouse in Decatur Square. The event is open to the public.