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Presenting Author List

The festival will feature lectures and signings from more than 300 national and local authors, including award-winners, best-sellers, and some just getting started. View the entire list, or search by author last name or genre.

Festival Highlights

2016 Keynote — The Life and Works of Pat Conroy

Cassandra King Conroy, Rick Bragg and other friends and family will gather to pay a tribute to bestselling and beloved author Pat Conroy as the Keynote event at the 2016 Atlanta-Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical.

The Conroy remembrance will kick off the 11th annual festival on Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. Conroy died of pancreatic cancer on March 4 at the age of 70.

Family and friends will share special memories of Conroy and read favorite passages from his many books. Those who will participate in special remembrance of this legend in Southern literature will include:

  • Cassandra King Conroy, Pat’s wife who is the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Moonrise.
  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning Rick Bragg, whose All Over but the Shouting’ was a New York Times bestseller and a Times’ notable book of the year.
  • Noted artist and children’s author Melissa Conroy, Pat’s daughter.
  • Award-winning and bestselling novelist Ron Rash, author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist novel Serena.
  • Award-winning journalist and family friend Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.
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Dav Pilkey

Decatur High School Performing Arts Center

Friday, 5:00-6:00

Dav Pilkey, the creator of the popular Captain Underpants series introduces his newest character, Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!

Local children's bookstore Little Shop of Stories will also announce the 2016 book for its community wide reading initiative On The Same Page.

Children will have the chance for photo-ops with Captain Underpants and Dog Man. In addition, there will be lots of fun prizes and giveaways!

Tickets for the Kidnote address are free but will be limited to four per person. They can be picked up at Little Shop of Stories or by calling (404) 373-6300.

Click here for more info about the Kidnote Address.


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