Bookworms get ready.
On Tuesday, the full schedule was released for the 10th annual Decatur Book Festival, sponsored by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The theme for this year’s festival, which take place Sept. 4-6 in downtown Decatur, is “Read Different,” urging book lovers to “read beyond what you normally do,” especially as it relates to race, gender, form and genre.
Along those lines, the festival’s keynote speaker will be Erica Jong, author of the 1973 feminist classic “Fear of Flying.” She will be in conversation with Roxane Gay, author of the recent book “Bad Feminist,” on Friday, Sept. 4, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Gay also will be giving a talk on her book and serving on a panel discussion about authors of color.
Also on Friday, the “kidnote” speaker is Judy Schachner, creator of the “Skippyjon Jones” book series for young readers.
Many of the topics and themes will be familiar to regular festival-goers, including emerging writers, local poets, children and teens, food and cooking, memoirs, religion, history, romance as well as Southern-themed fiction and non-fiction.
There will be interactive theatrical, music and stage performances, an art|DBF Pavilion and art installations at various festival venues.