2008 AJC Decatur Book Festival

The third annual AJC Decatur Book Festival brought more than 70,000 attendees to downtown Decatur over Labor Day Weekend 2008. The enormous gathering of book lovers was entertained and enlightened by 250 national and local bestselling authors, live musical acts, cooking demonstrations, writer’s workshops, poetry slams, children’s and teen activities, and a Sunday night concert by Drive By Truckers front man Patterson Hood. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins delivered the event’s keynote address. Click here to vist the 2008 Festival web site >>

Authors who participated in the third annual AJC Decatur Book Festival included:

  • Amiri Baraka, (a.k.a. LeRoi Jones), former New Jersey Poet Laureate
  • Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Prince of Frogtown
  • Pearl Cleage, Oprah’s Book Club and Atlanta Reads author
  • Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate and New York State Poet Laureate
  • John Dean, former White House Counsel to Richard Nixon,
  • Eric Jerome Dickey, bestselling, wildly popular author of hot fiction including Sleeping with Strangers, Waking with Enemies, and, most recently, Pleasure; he also authored Storm, a graphic novel telling the love story between the X-Men's Storm and Black Panther
  • Emily Giffin, bestselling author of Love the One You’re With
  • John Bemelmans Marciano, author of the first new Madeline book in 50 years; grandson of the original series author
  • Kathleen Parker, a conservative political commentator, her column appears in over 350 newspapers nationwide. She appears frequently on "The Chris Matthews Show" and "The O'Reilly Factor"; author of Save the Males
  • Sara Shepard, author of the Pretty Little Liars series
  • Lee Smith, bestselling author of American fiction, including On Agate Hill
  • Robert Scheer, host of "Left, Right, Center," a political debate show syndicated nationally by Public Radio International; he is also a nationally syndicated political columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle and a contributing editor to The Nation
  • Karin Slaughter, bestselling author of thrillers, including Fractured
  • Haywood Smith, bestselling author of The Red Hat Club and other novels