The AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (AJC DBF) will host National Book Award Winner Charles Frazier on the second stop of a national tour for his long-awaited novel, Nightwoods, Wednesday Oct. 5 at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).
Publication date for Frazier’s new book is Oct. 4. After a stop at his hometown bookstore in Raleigh, NC, he will address Atlanta-area fans at 8 p.m. Oct. 5, at GPC’s Cole Auditorium (555 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021). This is a free, non-ticketed event, and is first-come, first-served.
AJC DBF Executive Director Daren Wang said, “The release of a new novel by Charles Frazier is something to look forward to all on its own, but Nightwoods marks a whole new phase in an already great career. For the Decatur Book Festival to host just his second appearance on his tour is a real point of pride for us, and deserves a hootenanny.”
Frazier sets his new novel of suspense and love in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s. Already receiving pre-publication acclaim for Nightwoods, critics say Frazier “puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine.”
Frazier won the National Book Award in 1997 for Cold Mountain, which was made into a movie in 2003 starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellweger. He was the keynote speaker for the 2007 AJC DBF following the publication of his second novel, Thirteen Moons.
The Frazier event comes just a month after the sixth annual AJC Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. The three-day Festival hosted more than 300 authors and attracted tens of thousands of book lovers to the historic Decatur Square.
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 crowded 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. For more information, visit Decaturbookfestival.com, “like” Decatur Book Festival on Facebook, or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter.