Emory Added As Book Fest Sponsor

One big change: The Friday night keynote presentation will be held at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, not Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College.

signed on this week as a major sponsor to the largest independent book festival in the country.

"It is Emory's presence in the Atlanta region and the Decatur community that helped set the stage for the AJC Decatur Book Festival,” festival director Daren Wang said in a statement.

The seventh annual AJC Decatur Book Festival will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 in Decatur Square. The Friday night keynote address will be held at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Previously, that event had been held at Presser Hall at .

The keynote speaker and other featured authors will be named in early summer. Previous keynote speakers have included Jonathan Frazen (2010) and Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, authors of Wildwood, a book of bravery and adventure for families, kids, and adults (2011).

Many departments at Emory will take part in the sponsorship including Emory Libraries, Barnes & Noble at Emory, Arts at Emory with the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Julie Delliquanti, gallery director and associate curator of exhibitions for Emory Libraries, said, “Working together with a broad group across the university who provide a variety of artistic, cultural and educational offerings for the community will add to our efforts to create awareness of Emory as a center for literary excellence among the expected 80,000 festival attendees.” 

In February, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution signed on for a three-year contract as title sponsor of the book festival. Wang noted the AJC has been a vital part of the Festival since the early organizational meetings prior to the first event in 2006.

What authors would you like to see at the book festival?


Maureen May 15, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Decaturette May 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I'm glad that Emory is a sponsor but not so happy that an event, especially the keynote speaker, is occurring outside of City of Decatur. This is the Decatur Book Festival, not the Emory/CDC/Decatur-area-of-DeKalb-County Book Festival.
Steve May 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The facility at Emory is much larger and having Emory as a sponsor adds a great deal of credibility to the event. All other activities will still take place in Decatur.
Decaturette May 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I understand the advantage of Emory but would prefer that the keynote address were walkable within Decatur, just like all the other events. I'd prefer that it occur at one venue, e.g. Agnes Scott or the DHS auditorium or gym or the new Marriott Conference Center at full price and then have an overflow venue for remote viewing at a lower price.


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