The Decatur Book Festival is held every Labor day weekend. Decatur is only a few miles from Atlanta. I love this festival which started in 2006. There's always a great turn out and its put together very well.
Tananarive Due is going to be attending. OMG I am so excited. Yes, I am seriously fan gushing. The first book I read by Due was The Living Blood. I picked it up because of the cover, which screamed read me, which I did. I've been hooked ever since. The author's latest My Soul to Take comes out at the beginning of September, right on time for the festival. I've already had a chance to read it, loved it.
I've banned myself from buying any more books until I get a new job. Though I am very tempted to break that for an autographed copy of My Soul to Take. I have a job prospect so hopefully it won't be an issue.
Due will be signing with debut author Alma Katsu. Katsu's novel The Taker comes out at the beginning of September as well. I've seen the book in passing, its been getting excellent reviews. It hasn't been on my reading radar because of the romance aspect but I want to give it a try before the festival.
If I go to a panel event I like to be familiar with, if not all then most of the authors who are presenting. It can't be easy for debut authors to be on a panel. All the attention is on the established and bestselling authors. So I will do my best to get a review copy of The Taker and have a question ready for Katsu.
Elizabeth Nunez will be signing her latest Boundaries. I haven't read Nunez before but her name sounded familiar. Then I remembered why, author and educator Ashley Hope Perez's guest post on Women Writers of the Caribbean.
Tayari Jones will be signing Silver Sparrow. I haven't been enforcing my no buying book ban, and I already have a signed copy. So I probably won't go to this appearance, I don't want to be that fan that shows up every time an author is in town. Ain't nobody calling security on me.
If you live in Atlanta and haven't had an opportunity to attend one of Jones signings I highly recommend going. The author is from Atlanta and it shows in the turn out. Its nice to get caught up in that good energy and Silver Sparrow is one of the best books of the year.
Perisa Walker will be signing Black Orchid Blues, the third book in her Harlem Renaissance mystery. The book has a Lee Child blurb and I love me some Child. Mystery is my favorite genre, so I don't know how I've missed Walker. Better late then never.
There are many more authors I want to check out thanks to the Decatur Book Festival. If you plan on coming to Atlanta for the book festival or DragonCon which is also Labor Day weekend, you can get away with not renting a car for the weekend. Marta, Atlanta's public transportation system is not great but its perfect for a weekend convention or event.
All the major host hotels can be easily accessed via Marta. There's also an airport line stop which is very convenient. Towards the end of the month I may do a Marta for visitors post. It'll be fun and relevant filibuster.
The book festival is in downtown Decatur. The area is very nice and is right next to the train station. Dragon Con is in downtown Atlanta, the turn out is always huge. Sci fi/fantasy fans do it up right. I like all the detailed costumes. I remember some of my co-workers who went to Dragon Con would be working on their costumes for months.