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Decatur Book Festival

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The Decatur Book Festival brings together writers, publishers, book lovers and book sellers for a huge celebration in the Decatur Square over Labor Day weekend. First presented in 2006, the event has steadily grown to be one of the largest independent book festivals in the country.

There is a lot to read, see and hear at the festival, so planning ahead is key to making sure you see everything that interests you.

Here are our tips for how to plan for a fun, successful weekend and a look at the highlights of the 12th Decatur Book Festival.

cover courtesy Joe Barry Carroll

When pro athletes retire from, say, basketball, they usually try to go on to work in a sports-related field, like coaching or commentary.

NBA All-Star Joe Barry Carroll took a different path, following his love of fine art and writing. In recent years, he’s created his own works, mostly paintings. Several of those paintings appear with personal reflections in his 2013 memoir, “Growing Up: In Words and Images.”

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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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As Joshilyn Jackson continues her break from writing “Origin Story” to focus on her book being released later this month, she’s contemplating how the reader will respond. Jackson says whenever she publishes a book she’s “always nervous” thanks in part to the “exposed feeling” of the experience.

Jackosn begins this installment of “Writer To Reader” on “City Lights” by reading an excerpt from “The Opposite Of Everyone,”giving listeners a chance to respond.

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You might call art|DBF a festival within a festival.

For the third year, a variety of performing arts, cultural events and related discussions have been scheduled to complement the AJC Decatur Book Festival.