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AJC 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.

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Known most famously as the Fonz on sitcom “Happy Days,” Henry Winkler is also 10 books into his children’s book series “Here’s Hank” that he co-writes with Lin Oliver. Their latest book is “Here’s Hank: Hooray! My Butt Left the Bench!”

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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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The AJC Decatur Book Festival kicks off Friday with a panel called Journalism in our Current Environment.  Public radio host and author Brooke Gladstone will participate. It’s at 8 p.m. at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

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If you have young children in your life, it's possible you're familiar with Judy Schachner’s work. 

She is the author of the "Skippyjon Jones" series of children's books, which feature not only her goofy sense of humor but also her imaginative and detail-filled artwork. Both are on display in her new book, but with a deeper message.

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“Sarabella’s Thinking Cap” is about a young girl who is always daydreaming.