Last night was the kickoff party for the 2011 Decatur Book Festival. There will be plenty more details to come (I tend to obsess over the fest all summer), but here are some of the highlights of this year’s festival:
- Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and his wife Carson Ellis will be the key note speakers. They collaborated on a new book, Wildwood, that will be released just a few days before the festival. I was so excited by this news that I had to give Executive Director Terra McVoy a high five. True story.
- The Atlanta Opera will be presenting scenes from their upcoming commissioned opera based on the Br’er Rabbit stories.
- Tom Key and The Theatrical Outfit will present scenes from a work in progress – a stage adaptation of Eudora Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter with original music
- Some of the announced novelists that I am especially excited to check out include: Chris Adrian (The Children’s Hospital, The Great Night), Karen Russell (Swamplandia!), George Pelecanos (The Night Gardener), Tom Perrotta (Election, Little Children), Thomas Mullen (The Revisionists), and Adam Ross (Mr. Peanut). Check out the full announced list and govern your summer reading accordingly
How awesome is this book festival? It got a recent shout out from Oprah (magazine). Tons of awesomeness coming our way. Stay tuned for more.
Speaking of awesome, BGB friend Todd Moye is presenting his book Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II at the 2011 Roosevelt reading Festival. You can watch Todd read on C-Span (!) at 10:00 tomorrow morning.
What your favorite author says about you (if your favorite author is one of the five listed)
At long last, the fabled Moneyball movie appears to be working its way to theaters. Check out the trailer.
Patti Smith reads on the audiobook version of Just Kids. Check out an excerpt.
The Guardian compiles a list of the 100 Greatest Non-Fiction Books
J.K. Rowling has created this mysterious web site. What does it mean?
Speaking of mysterious, Atlanta is in the throes of a literary mystery that includes $10 bills.
Reading to the bottom bonus: Somehow, I have come into possession of numerous copies of Chris Adrian’s The Great Night. Adrian will be reading at this summer’s Decatur Book Festival, so this is your chance to prepare for his reading on the cheap. If you’d like a FREE copy of The Great Night, leave a comment and I will pick three (3) winners – two unread hard covers and a gently used paperback ARC. Check out this review for a good sense of the novel. My review is coming soon.