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The festival will feature lectures and signings from more than 300 national and local authors, including award-winning and best-selling authors representing all genres of books.

Confirmed authors for the 2012 AJC DBF include:

Keynote Address
For the first time in AJC Decatur Book Festival history, the keynote address will come right from our own backyard. Recently named U.S. Poet Laureate in Poetry for 2012-13, Natasha Trethewey will deliver the keynote address (to be held this year at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory, at 8 PM on August 31st), launching her newest collection of poems, Thrall. Trethewey received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her collection, Native Guard. She is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory, and was also recently named Poet Laureate of Mississippi.

Michael Connelly is The New York Times bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series, as well as the Lincoln Lawyer series. Connelly’s books have been translated into 31 languages and have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, Dilys, Nero, Barry, Audie, Ridley, Maltese Falcon (Japan), .38 Caliber (France), Grand Prix (France), and Premio Bancarella (Italy) awards.

Erin Morgenstern, will be speaking about her runaway bestseller The Night Circus, a magical novel set in the 19th century, within the black and white striped tents of “Le Cirque des Reves” an enchanted circus of dreams, which travels the world and is open only at night.

Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of many well-known books for both adults and tweens/teens will be sharing her return to adult mystery with Size 12 and Ready to Rock.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson will appear on the Southern Issues track, discussing her award-winning New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns. This is a book that brings to life one of the greatest underreported stories of the 20th Century, a migration that reshaped modern America.

National Book Award Finalist, Julie Otsuka, will discuss The Buddha in the Attic, the breathtaking follow-up novel to her critically-acclaimed debut, When the Emperor Was Divine.

Kathy Reichs is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She is also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, “Bones,” which is based on her work and her novels. Her newest release —to be celebrated at the Festival— is Bones are Forever. She will be in a paired conversation with Tess Gerritsen, the bestselling author of the “Rizzoli and Isles” books, discussing the highs and lows of having your books made into popular TV series!

Caldecott Award and two-time Newbery Honor winner Kevin Henkes will be leading the Saturday children’s parade along with his beloved character Lilly, of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Henkes’s newest book, to be celebrated at DBF, is Penny and Her Doll. Children’s Choice Award-winner Nick Bruel will lead the parade on Sunday along with the infamous star of both picture and chapter books, Bad Kitty.

Patrick McDonnell the bestselling, award-winning “Mutts” cartoonist and author/illustrator of several beloved picture books for children, including his newest, The Monster’s Monster will have two appearances over the weekend: once on the children’s stage and once on one of our featured author stages.

Shannon Hale will be presenting on the children’s stage her newest book, Palace of Stone the long-awaited sequel to her Newbery Honor book, Princess Academy.

Prolific and award-winning young adult author David Levithan (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Boy Meets Boy, The Lover’s Dictionary), will launch his newest novel, Every Day on the teen stage.

Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia, authors of the New York Times bestselling Southern Gothic series The Caster Chronicles, will celebrate the paperback release of the third book in the series, Beautiful Chaos.

John T. Edge, will appear twice at this year’s DBF: once on the Cooking Stage for his newest book, The Truck Food Cookbook, and also on the Southern Issues track, as part of a panel of other contributors to volumes of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

Historian, journalist, and travel writer Adam Goodheart, will  part of the Southern Issues Track. Goodheart has, among other things, written a regularly-appearing column on the Civil War for The New York Times online. He will be discussing his most recent title, 1861: The Civil War Awakening.

Adam Reed, creator and executive producer of “Archer,” a hilarious FX animated half-hour spy comedy, will discuss the creation of main character Sterling Archer’s newest book, How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written.

Renowned historian and critic and one of the children’s book world’s liveliest writers and speakers, Leonard Marcus, will lead a panel of picture book artists focusing on the importance of picture books, and Marcus’ new anthology, Show Me A Story.