Decatur, Georgia: Home of AJC DBF

Decatur, Georgia

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Why Decatur?

The Atlanta area—the economic and cultural center of the Southeast—has long needed and greatly deserves a successful, viable book festival. And no part of Atlanta offers a better cross-section of book lovers and experienced festival organizers than Decatur.

Only four square miles in size, Decatur is home to history (older than the city of Atlanta), academia (Agnes Scott College and Columbia Theological Seminary in the city proper, Emory University less than a mile away), and a long-standing appreciation for arts and books (the Decatur Arts Festival, the Georgia Center for the Book).

With the cultural perks of a university town (local book clubs, art galleries, and music) and access to the resources of a major city (press outlets, public transportation), Decatur is the perfect setting for the vibrant book festival Atlanta so desires.

Another reasons Decatur was chosen to host the AJC DBF is its proven track record for hosting fun, successful, and well-attended events.

From its very first organizational meeting, the AJC Decatur Book Festival has been modeled on the Decatur Arts Festival, the city’s premiere celebration of the arts. Drawing over 50,000 attendees each Memorial Day Weekend, the Decatur Arts Festival proves year after year that downtown Decatur is one of the best venues in greater metropolitan Atlanta for family-friendly events.