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Top Authors Launching New Books at AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical

Robert Olen Butler, Jon Scieszka, Alan Deutschman, Judy Schachner, Loren Long, Karl Mecklenburg, and Other Notable Authors Releasing New Works

David Fulmer to Present First Public Reading of his Play, Storyville

August 24, 2009 (Decatur) — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical’s (DBF) rapid ascension to enormous popularity has made it a launching pad for a wide range of authors, from the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning, to the new and aspiring. This year, new books will pop up at DBF like mushrooms after a spring rain.

The festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6.

“We’re excited that so many amazing authors have decided to launch their books at the festival,” said DBF Executive Director Daren Wang. “It really speaks to how much we’ve grown in just three years.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler launches Hell at the festival. In this highly anticipated novel, an unfortunate evening news presenter finds himself in hell, where he encounters an interesting assortment of characters, including William Shakespeare, Humphrey Bogart, and many popes and U.S. presidents. All the street names in hell are variations of Peachtree. Butler will present Sunday at 1:15 p.m.

Jon Scieszka, who has been selected as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for the Library of Congress, will be launching the newest book in his Trucktown series, Trucktown Truckery Rhymes. He is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Scieszka will appear Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on the Children's Stage, and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at The Escape for "Guys Read," a conversation with teenagers.

Acclaimed leadership author Alan Deutschman launches his newest book, Walk the Walk, Sunday at 5 p.m. Deutschman authored the popular Second Coming of Steve Jobs, which was renowned by leaders all over the nation.

Judy Schachner, creator of the Skippyjon Jones series, will launch the latest addition to the series, Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice. On Sunday, she will host a mariachi brunch for kids at El Tesoro at 10:30 a.m. followed by a promenade to the square. Tickets to the brunch are available through Little Shop of Stories.

Loren Long will be launching his new book, Otis, in grand fashion with a tractor themed children’s parade around the downtown Decatur Square Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Parade master Long’s Otis is about a little tractor who befriends a calf. All are encouraged to march in the parade wearing farm-friendly apparel or costumed as farm animals or machines.

Multi-talented novelist, poet, composer, essayist, composer, journalist, and documentary film-maker Philip Lee Williams will launch The Campfire Boys at the festival. Williams, soon to be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, will speak Sunday at 12 p.m.

Former NFL superstar turned leadership speaker Karl Mecklenburg is launching his new book Heart of a Student Athlete: All Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families. The ex-Denver Broncos team captain will talk about his book Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

Charlaine Harris is launching the book she co-authored, Must Love Hellhounds, at DBF and Dragon*Con. She'll speak Friday at Dragon*Con, then (courtesy of them) she’ll appear at the festival Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with vampire fiction master Chelsea Yarbro.

David Fulmer also brings a first to DBF this year. Saturday at 5:30 p.m., he will present the first public reading of his play, Storyville.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical is the largest independent book festival in the country and the fourth largest overall. This year, more than 300 authors and tens of thousands of festival goers will crowd the historic downtown Decatur Square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.

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