2018: AJC Decatur Book Festival - A Commentary

In the United States, Labor Day is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. The celebration honors the American labor movement. The holiday is inclusive because everyone has had a job at one point in their lives even it if just included household chores. Most companies give employees the day off, but grocery stores, malls, restaurants, and gas stations usually remain open. Traditionally, families and communities honor the day with barbecues, gatherings, and parties. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a local news paper, sponsors the annual Decatur Book Festival on the Labor Day Weekend, held this year from August 31-September 2. This year Emory University presented the festival, along with various sponsors. The festivities are located at venues surrounding the Decatur square and is easily accessible by MARTA. Activities include parades, author talks, workshops, and poetry readings. Of course, there are plenty of books to buy and you may even have a chance to meet a favorite author.

However, the festival is not just about books. Non-profits buy tables to promote their community services. The area has plenty of shade and people watching, if that is your thing. A food court and area restaurants offer delicious treats and meals from burgers, fish, salad to burritos. Local musicians and artists entertain guests with impromptu shows.

If you are ever in the Decatur, Georgia area during the Labor Day weekend, you may enjoy visiting the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Below are my pictures from the festival:

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution sponsors the festival.

Organizations Distribute Information to Attendees

Register to Vote

Save our Trees!

Georgia State University, my Alma Mater

Mother and Daughter Authors, Khadija Grant

The Java Monkey Poetry Stage

Erin C. Poetry

Emory University student Christina Schmitt of the Art Amok Slam Team, winners of the group piece finals at the 2018 National Poetry slam 


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