2014 Decatur Book Festival

The AJC Decatur Book Festival, August 29-31, 2014


August 29-31, 2014 in Downtown Decatur

The ninth annual AJC Decatur Book Festival is fast approaching!

Over Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands of visitors from metro Atlanta and beyond will share the historic downtown Decatur square with world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, booksellers, and artists for a weekend filled with literature, music, food, art, and fun.

Authors of Note Include:

Joe Barry Carroll is a seven-foot-tall NBA All-Star, wealth advisor, philanthropist, painter and author. Upon retiring from the NBA in 1991, Carroll relocated to Atlanta, where in 1993 he founded The Carroll Group, a wealth advisory company serving high-net-worth families.  Growing Up … In Words and Images is a different kind of memoir, one that captures the shared humanity of American families – aspirations, adventures, struggles, despair and triumphs – while shedding light on the life of a 21st century Renaissance man.

Pearl Cleage, an Atlanta-based writer whose first novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick and spent nine weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.  Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs charts not only the political fights, but also the pull she began to feel to focus on her own passions, including writing — a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment. This fascinating memoir follows her journey from a columnist for a local weekly (bought by Larry Flynt) to a playwright and Hollywood script writer, an artist at the crossroads of culture and politics.

Kevin Sipp is an award-winning fine artist, curator and writer with expertise in printmaking, painting, sculpture, and multi- media installation. The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone: Prologue is an initiate of various African and world indigenous mystical traditions. Having settled in Boston after fighting in the civil war, Blackstone secures a job writing about crime and spiritual matters for a Boston newspaper.

Dr. Akinyele Umoja is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University, where he teaches courses on the history of the Civil Rights, Black Power, and other social movements. Winner of the 2014 Anna Julia Cooper-CLR James Book Award presented by the National Council of Black Studies In We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, Dr. Umoja argues that armed resistance was critical to the Southern freedom struggle and the dismantling of segregation and Black disenfranchisement. Intimidation and fear were central to the system of oppression in most of the Deep South.  (Having worked with Dr. Umoja on several occasions and been privy to reading the book, I can definitely say this one is most certainly #WorthTheRead)

Miasha, is the author of several best-selling novels, including Secret Society and Diary of a Mistress.  her book shave received reviews in national media such as BEST, CBS, and Essence.  Swing, tells the story of Lyssa and Jacob, owners of the swingers’ club Puss and Boots.  They have been living an active swingers lifestyles every since their two children moved out. Roped with sultry scandals and lustful lies, the novellas will propel readers to their highest highs and drop them to their lowest lows.

View the complete list of authors here.


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