Decatur Book Festival returns


Aiden Gibbs

Over 600 authors and 80 thousand readers are expected to gather around Decatur square to attend this year’s Decatur Book Festival on Sept. 2-4.

The festival aims to unite booklovers and connect readers to writers. Jeffrey Roach, a first-time presenting author, enjoys the event and is excited to present his book, PopDaddy.

Little Shop of Stories prepares for the upcoming event by featuring children’s authors who will present at the festival.

“Whenever I’ve gone to the book festival, I’ve discovered new books and authors,” Roach said. “It’s a great stage [to present on], because the audience members are all avid readers.”

The festival started 11 years ago as a small “grass-roots effort of people who loved books,” Diane Capriola, the Children and Teen Program Director, said.

The event has grown significantly in that time. Capriola attributes the success to volunteer efforts and Decatur’s value of education.

“Decatur is a community of readers,” Capriola said. “It’s people who live in this community who volunteer to give up their weekend and devote their time.”

Daren Wang, the executive director of the festival, noted some of the additions the festival will have this year. Included in the expansions are a new children’s stage on Sycamore Street and a larger cooking area. Additionally, coordinators are working with Earthfare, an organic supermarket, to provide a live cow creamery.

The event will take place in downtown Decatur, closing portions of Sycamore Street, Commerce Drive, and E Ponce de Leon Avenue.

All photos by Aiden Gibbs.

*Correction, 600 authors