September 4-6, 2009

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AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical to Feature David Fulmer’s First Public Reading of Storyville Play

Georgia Shakespeare to Present Alice in Wonderland Play

LocoMotion Dance for Kids Also Planned

August 24, 2009 (Decatur) — The 2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) presents a colorful array of events, including a staged reading of David Fulmer’s Storyville, a live presentation of Alice in Wonderland by Georgia Shakespeare, and a dance about verbs for kids called “LocoMotion.”

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

“We’re really exited about all the interactive and visually engaging elements the festival offers this year,” said DBF Executive Director Daren Wang. “They add a fresh and different dimension to the tremendous variety the festival offers.”

Award-winning novelist and writing teacher David Fulmer will present the first-ever reading of his new play, Storyville, Saturday at 5 p.m. on the Old Courthouse Stage. Actors will read dialogue, while a director reads stage directions behind the scenes. Fulmer is winner of the 2005 Georgia Author of the Year Award for fiction. His book Chasing the Devil’s Tail was selected for Borders’s “Best of 2003” list, and The Blue Door was chosen for the “2008 Best of the Shelf” list by Atlanta magazine.

As part of a workshop Friday during the Writers Conference, Fulmer will give up the good, bad, and ugly when it comes to writing about sex, violence, and profanity in his multi-faceted presentation titled “Sex & Violence: Writing About Them Without Sounding Like a Virgin Pacifist.” Because Fulmer's a show-don't-tell kind of guy, he'll again be joined by acting talent to give dramatic and comedic readings of the inspiring — and offending — passages. It's an R-rated program, so no one under 18 will be admitted. A fainting couch and earplugs will be provided.

Georgia Shakespeare’s Will Power acting troupe will perform Alice in Wonderland on the Target Children’s Stage Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Actors Michael Cohen, Brian Harrison, Allison Corke, and Sarah Johnson will enthrall young audiences with a free presentation of the beloved classic.

Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on the Target Children’s Stage, Several Dancers CORE presents a special dance for kids called LocoMotion, where language is brought to life through dance. LocoMotion teaches kids about verbs, adverbs, and movement, drawing on audience participation to create a memorable, fun, interactive, and educational experience for kids. LocoMotion is appropriate for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade and their families.

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.

Interviews available upon request.

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