Acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates will deliver the keynote address for the ninth annual Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival, it was announced today. Oates’ appearance on August 29 will mark the launch of her new short story collection, Lovely, Dark, and Deep: Stories. Atlantan Greg Johnson, her biographer, will join her on stage.
Among the authors who will appear during the festival, which runs through August 31, are breakout novelist Wiley Cash; poet Natasha Trethewey; Louis Sullivan, former secretary of Health and Human Welfare and founder of Morehouse College School of Medicine; and young adult novelist Maggie Stiefvater.
Themes will include the Civil War, graphic literature and health. Pat Conroy will appear in and curate his own “track.”
New this year: an outdoor cooking stage and the Maker’s Tent–DIY for all ages.
Art | DBF’s sophomore appearance will include theatrical performances, artwork and more offerings for teens, children and families. Art Papers will host artist and activist Emory Douglas, who is also former minister of culture for the Black Panthers.
For complete information, please check the DBF website.