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Photo by John Lenz

Photo by John Lenz

This weekend’s AJC Decatur Book Festival is the biggest, but not the only event this weekend. For information on the week ahead, check out Ed Hall’s highlights and WABE’s website, Atlanta Planit – a click away on our calendar page.

To help you get a handle on DBF, we offer these stories. We also invite you to  join ArtsATL critics at the events listed below.

Preview/top picks

Georgia novelists Claire Cook, Karen White and Kimberly Brooks

Bettina Love on hip-hop learning, Randall Kennedy on affirmative action

Congressman John Lewis‘ graphic novel, “March”

Crime writer Amanda Kyle Williams

 Wendy Wax and Downton Abbey

Jennifer Haigh on News From Heaven: The Bakerton Stories

Young adult author Terra Elan McVoy

art/DBF, the festival’s new art component

Children’s book superstars Tomie dePaola and Jerry Pinkney
Critics’ schedule:

Parul Kapur Hinzen will moderate a panel discussion on “Rights in Fiction” with novelists Susan Rebecca White (A Place at the Table), Susan Crandall (Whistling Past the Graveyard) and Minrose Gwin (The Queen of Palmyra). 5:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Sanctuary Stage. Hinzen will also introduce novelist Manil SuriShe will live-tweet from John Lewis’ keynote address at 8 p.m. Friday.

Sarah Sacha Dollacker will introduce author Melody Moezzi. (Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life)4:15  p.m. Saturday at Eddie’s Attic.

Anjali Enjeti will introduce young fans to best-selling author Gordon Korman, author of The 39 Clues series. Korman’s newest novel, The Hypnotists Book 1: Hypnotize Me, features a young boy with special powers. 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Children’s Stage.

Soniah Kamal will introduce authors of young adult fiction who will discuss the dilemma of what happens “When Good Girls Go Bad.With Atlanta’s Terra Elan McVoy (Criminal), Caprice Crane (Confessions of a Hater) and Sara Shepard (teen series Pretty Little Liars).  2 p.m. Sunday at the Teen Stage.

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