Decatur Book Festival returns this weekend, Sept. 3-5, with hundreds of authors on hand for readings, signings, panel discussions and more. Poetry Atlanta will once again host the Local Poets Stage.
Saturday, September 4
From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Poetry Atlanta will host the local poets stage at Java Monkey Coffee House, 425 Church St. A different poet will read every 15 minutes. At 8 p.m., Kodac Harrison will host the Invitational Slam. This showcase will feature many of the areas top slam poets, who will compete for cash prizes.
Sunday, September 5
From noon until 6 p.m., Poetry Atlanta will host the Local Poets Stage at Java Monkey. A different poet will read every 15 minutes. The regular Java Monkey Speaks open mic will begin as usual at 8 p.m. (sign up at 7:30, but come early to find a seat and get your name on the list!). The special guest is award-winning poet Patricia Smith, who is a slam champ, Pushcart Prize and National Poetry Series Award winner for her collection, Teahouse of the Almighty. Her latest collection, Blood Dazzler, gives voice to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
For a full schedule of events at the Decatur Book Festival, visit www.decaturbookfestival.com.