He is currently serving as the Denzel Washington Chair at Fordham University and as the artistic director of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre in Atlanta.
The keynote speech is free and open to the public, but requires a ticket. The distribution of free tickets will be announced later.
This is the festival's 13th year. Held every Labor Day weekend, the festival this year will bring more than 300 well-known authors and illustrators and tens of thousands of readers together for three days of events.
Among the authors who will be featured are:
- Journalist Beth Macy, and her account "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America," which charts the opioid crisis in America.
- Novelist Karin Slaughter, and her crime thriller "Pieces of Her."
- "Visible Empire," from Hannah Pittard, a novel that uses the historical events of the Orly Air Crash of 1962 to explore the promise and hope that remains in the wake of crisis.
For more information: decaturbookfestival.com
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