Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fourth Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical Sept 4 - 6

2009 Decatur Book Festival Set for Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6

The Fourth Annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented By DeKalb Medical (DBF) will be held on Labor Day Weekend (September 4-6) 2009, DBF Executive Director Daren Wang recently announced.

“We’re very excited about this year’s event,” Wang said. “With the continued support of the AJC, DeKalb Medical, the Georgia Center for the Book, and other sponsors, DBF 2009 is sure to be the can’t-miss community event of the summer.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical is an annual, free book festival held in Decatur, Georgia at venues located in and around the downtown square. Conceived in 2005 and launched in 2006, the festival brings more than 250 authors to Decatur for the holiday weekend. The authors — who include Pulitzer Prize winning and best-selling fiction and nonfiction writers — give readings and participate in panel discussions.

The 2008 event drew over 75,000 people to Decatur for three days of literature, music, food, and fun.
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Phillip DePoy Talks Conspiracy at Decatur Book Festival

He’s just written a highly-acclaimed novel speculating on a conspiracy in conjunction with the compilation of the King James Bible, so it should come as no surprise that Clayton State Theater Director Phillip DePoy is “booked” at the upcoming Decatur Book Festival on a panel about conspiracy theories.

The date is Saturday, Sept. 5 from 11:15 a.m. to noon. As part of the largest independent book festival in the country, DePoy will be appearing at the Old Courthouse Stage with fellow mystery authors Mitchell Graham and Robert Greer to discuss “conspiracy theories.”

While DePoy may not be discussing the Single Bullet Theory or whether or not a bunch of astronauts landed on the moon 30 years ago (Actually, the three authors will be sharing excerpts from their recent novels and answering questions.), he certainly knows about conspiracy. His newest book, “The King James Conspiracy” (St. Martin’s Press, $25.95) is, according to Atlanta Magazine, a dizzying mix of historical facts and figments of the author’s imagination.

Set in 17th Century England, the story centers on a group of scholars assigned by King James I to create a definitive English translation of the Bible, what has become known as the King James edition of the Bible. When one of the scholars is murdered and mutilated, DePoy leads the story into a, that’s right, conspiracy.

A folklorist, playwright, composer, actor, producer, musician as well as a novelist and director of the Clayton State Theater, DePoy should also be one of the highlights of this year’s Decatur Book Festival.

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A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ETreasures Publishing for Sale

ETreasures Publishing, a five-year-old established print-on-demand book publishing company, is currently for sale, due to the failing health of the owner and founder, Vickie Kennedy.

Kennedy is looking for someone trustworthy to purchase the company and website, which will include all contracted books. The new owner would have to establish new accounts with re-sellers, which she will also help obtain. The asking price for the contracted books and website is $3,000. Training will be extra and is negotiable. Anyone interested, please contact Vickie Kennedy at 770-683-9745 or by e-mail at

Thursday, August 13, 2009

“Read a Book / Create Some Art” Deadline Extended to August 31

Calling all artists who love to read … The deadline for entries in the “Read A Book / Create Some Art” juried visual arts competition has been extended to Monday, August 31. “Read A Book / Create Some Art” is part of the second annual “Fayette on the Page” project.

“Fayette on the Page” is a “One Book, One Community” program comprising a variety of activities centered on the novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. The countywide initiative is a partnership of Fayette County Public Library with the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library, Barnes & Noble of Fayetteville, Clayton State University, and Kimbo’s Frame & Design of Fayetteville.

For “Read A Book / Create Some Art,” visual artists from Fayette and surrounding counties have been invited to create works inspired by their reading of any of Ernest Gaines’s novels or short stories (not limited to A Lesson Before Dying), and enter them in a juried competition. The competition is open to all artists, whether student, professional, or amateur. Interested artists can pick up an information sheet with entry form at the Fayette County Public Library, or download a copy from the library website. Artwork may be submitted to library staff during library hours between now and Monday, August 31 at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville. Works entered in the “Read A Book / Create Some Art” competition will be on public exhibit at the Fayette County Public Library for two weeks in September.

The “Fayette on the Page” reading celebration will have a grand finale on Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m., when Ernest J. Gaines will “visit” the library via live two-way videoconference from his home in Point Coupee, Louisiana. Mr. Gaines will talk about “A Lesson Before Dying” and answer questions from the audience. Winners of the “Read a Book / Create Some Art” competition will be announced during this free public event.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administration complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information about “Fayette on the Page” and “Read A Book / Create Some Art,” please contact the library at 770-461-8841 or visit online at
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Award-Winning Coweta Author C. E. Walz Publishes Alley Loo

Coweta Author C. E. Walz has won the Dragon Fly Publishing Best Book Award for her recently published children's book Alley Loo: A Spooky Swamp Tale. The book also has gotten a five-star review from Lori Calabrese of the Children's Book Examiner, which was published in the Amazon Customer Reviews last week. Calabrese has also conducted an interview of Walz which was published in the July 31, 2009 issue of the Children's Book Examiner. Both the review and interview are helpful in learning about Walz and her book. Additional information is available on her website

Walz has been teaching writing and English for many years. She currently heads the middle school English Department at Woodward Academy in College Park. She lives in Newnan in the same subdivision as another award winning children's author, Kimberly Campbell. They also both belong to the Childrens Book Authors and Illustrators organization as well as the Coweta Writers Group.

Walz plans to join other Coweta authors in the book signing for local authors which will be held at the Powers Festival over the Labor Day Weekend. She will also be participating later in a yet to be announced program at The Carnegie in Newnan, which has not yet opened.

Walz (her pen name and maiden name) is married to singer/guitarist James Sennett, who is known as the Songman, who performs at local venues and will be one of the singers at Grantville Day.

- Forrest Schultz
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

"Historic Fayette County: An Illustrated History" Book Signing

Saturday, August 22, 2-4 pm,
Fayette Co. Library
Sunday, August 23, 2-4 pm,
Fayette Co. Historical Society

Join author, Carolyn Cary and cover artist, Vicki Turner at a book signing for Fayette's beautiful new history book. The books will be on sale at the special introductory price of $25. Refreshments will be served.