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Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s AJC-Decatur Book Festival

The 2011 Decatur Book Festival.
The 2011 Decatur Book Festival.
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It’s Labor Day weekend and that means an independent book festival will soon be taking over the streets and halls of Decatur.

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival actually kicks off this evening with a sold-out keynote address from author Joyce Carol Oates. But you shouldn’t worry if you missed out on a ticket to tonight’s event; there are 600-something other author events happening around Decatur over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

To help us navigate this daunting list of authors, we brought the festival’s program director, Philip Rafshoon, into the studio.

First, he explained what’s new at the festival. He also tells us why festival goers should consider getting there earlier rather than later.

Next, we asked him about some of the lesser known authors at the festival who are worth checking out. And, with so many authors speaking at the same time, we asked him if he personally is grappling with any wrenching scheduling conflicts.

Find the full author list and schedule for the AJC-Decatur Book Festival here.

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