The Decatur Book Festival held a party last night at Eddie’s Attic to announce authors and events for the 6th annual event, which will be held Labor Day weekend. With a focus on children and young adult literature this year, the keynote speakers will be Colin Meloy (singer/songwriter from the acclaimed baned The Decemberists) and illustrator Carson Ellis, who will launch their collaboration, Wildwood, at the festival.
The festival will feature two children’s parades led by Skippyjon Jones and Pete the Cat, while Caroline Herring will share her songs inspired by children’s books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit and more. The Atlanta Opera will give a sneak peek at its upcoming opera based on Joel Chandler Harris’ Brer Rabbit tales.
Theatrical Outfit will provide a glimpse into the creation of its stage adaptation of Eudora Welty’s classic novel, The Optimists Daughter, and Clyde Edgerton will celebrate his new book, The Night Train, with a reading and music.
Other authors slated to appear include Howard Wasdin, Stan Needham, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Shirley Strawberry, Joshilyn Jackson, Gregg Hurwitz, George Pelecanos, Robert Olen Butler, River Jordan, Jennifer Haigh, James Swanson, Cheryl Lu-Lien, Kim Severson, Holly Tucker, Tom Perrotta, Mary Kay Andrews and Karen Russell.
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