The 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival presented by Emory University is partnering with the Dekalb Entertainment Commission and Georgia Humanities to distribute free books to Atlanta communities during several of the festival’s virtual events.
Beginning Friday, September 4, the festival is partnering with the Dekalb Entertainment Commission by having volunteers deliver free signed copies of I Am Every Good Thing to kids throughout Dekalb County who have signed up to watch the virtual Kidnote.
The Decatur Book Festival has also partnered with Georgia Humanities to distribute free signed books from its children’s/teen, culinary, and main programs to families served by the Andrew P. Stewart Center in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood.
On Sunday, Sept. 6, volunteers will deliver free copies of Toni Tipton-Martin’s award winning cookbook, Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking, in conjunction with the Cooknote event.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, volunteers will deliver copies of Adrian Miller’s The President’s Kitchen Cabinet. And on Saturday, Sept. 19, Volunteers will deliver copies of Dave Eggers’ picture books, Her Right Foot and What Can a Citizen Do, which will be read aloud by Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Kevin Riley.
The Decatur Book Festival has received a generous gift of children’s and teen books from KPMG Family Literacy and First Book, both nonprofits that are committed to family literacy. These books will along with the others from the Dekalb Entertainment Commission and Georgia Humanities.
“It is so important to remember that promoting literacy, education, and community involvement are a big part of the Decatur Book Festival,” said Joy Pope, interim director for the Decatur Book Festival. “We are so thankful to the Dekalb Entertainment Commission, Georgia Humanities, and the nonprofit organizations KPMG Family Literacy and First Book, for their partnership in the festival.”
The Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest independent book festivals in the country, will be completely free and virtual this year, beginning on Friday, Sept. 4 and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 4.
All events are free and open to the public and will be available via Crowdcast, an app that is free to download. Sign up via the festival website: https://www.crowdcast.io/decaturbookfestival
Launched in 2006, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) presented by Emory University brings nationally and internationally known authors, children’s and young adult writers and illustrators, and tens of thousands of readers together for a weekend of fun and discovery. In addition, The Decatur Book Festival has become the premier publishing event for the national culinary community. Besides the breadth of ethnic diversity the festival has achieved, each year’s list of cookbook and drink writers has become a bellwether for national media awards, including six James Beard Award Winners.