Read Different at This Year’s Decatur Book Festival

By Alexandra McCray

The largest independent book festival in the country is back in Decatur’s historic downtown square for its 10th year on Sept. 4-6. And since many festival goers are already avid readers, this year’s festival theme is #readdifferent. The idea behind the theme is to encourage book lovers to branch outside of their favorite writers, genres and types of literature.

This year’s keynote speaker will hopefully inspire festival attendees to step outside their comfort zone with a complex topic: feminism. Erica Jong, author of “Fear of Flying,”


which some say helped ignite second wave feminism, will have a conversation with Roxane Gay, author of the popular 2014 essay collection “Bad Feminist.”

The weekend isn’t made up of only challenging subjects, though. The festival will also feature a “kidnote” speaker for Atlanta’s younger book lovers to enjoy. This year it will be Judy Schachner, author and illustrator of the wildly popular “SkippyJon Jones” kids’ series.

The festival weekend will also include lectures and book signings from over 600 authors, author readings, panel discussions, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops and more. Visit for more details, and plan to #readdifferent this year.


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