|Richard Blanco's Reading|
So, I started out on Friday, August 30, thinking I gave myself plenty of time to check into my hotel and attend the writers' conference. Unfortunately, I miscalculated. The writers' conference was held in different buildings at Agnes Scott College, a beautiful campus, but one for which I needed directions and a map. When I realized I was running too late to attend the programs I had selected, even if I found the buildings, I decided maybe I should venture into town to get a lay of the land for the festival.
|Diane Mott Davidson Signing|
Chuck Leavell, an environmentalist and musician who has worked with the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers. He played piano and sang a gospel song at the end of his presentation;
Austin (novelist and game designer) and Lev Grossman (novelist and journalist), literary twin brothers who write fantasy and science fiction;
Charles Todd, the mother and son writing team of Caroline and Charles, who spoke about their Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford series;
Diane Mott Davidson, who brought cookies made from one of her own recipes in her new book;
Susan M. Boyer and Bill Roorbach, who spoke about combining humor with suspense. Bill Roorbach was delightful, but Susan had the last word when Bill's father, in the audience, asked him what the meaning of life was and she replied "chocolate"; and
Clyde Edgerton, noted Southern author and professor, who also entertained with his songs.
|Clyde Edgerton at the First Baptist Church|
Another amazing aspect of the festival is that it is handled by volunteers and embraced by the community. Parking is available at a minimum cost, but because of the number of participants, you'll want to arrive early to get a preferred spot. It's good to get the schedule from the website in advance and work out a strategy. The website lists interest tracks to help you plan. http://www.decaturbookfestival.com