Tickets to big events at AJC Decatur Book Festival offered next week

Sought-after tickets to the keynote events at the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival will be available to the public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Cassandra King Conroy, Rick Bragg and other friends and family of late Southern literary icon Pat Conroy will participate in the keynote event, titled “The Life and Works of Pat Conroy,” on Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

The keynote events are free, but tickets are required, and are limited to two per person. Tickets are available at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Buyers can also call the Arts at Emory Box Office (404-727-5050) or visit Phone and online orders include a $4 processing fee. A limited number of tickets are available at A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Books, Tall Tales Books and Little Shop of Stories.

Tickets also will be available on Aug. 4 for the kidnote address at A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Books and Little Shop Of Stories. The tickets are free but will be limited to four per person. This year’s featured kidnote author will be Dav Pilkey, author of the “Captain Underpants” and “Dumb Bunnies” series. Pilkey will launch a new book, “Dog Man,” about a crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, at the book festival.

Other events at the festival includes appearances by Jacqueline Woodson (“Another Brooklyn”); Tyehimba Jess (“Olio”); Jenny Zhang (“Dear Jenny, We Are All Find”); Alexander Chee (“Queen of the Night”); Kaitlyn Greenidge (“We Love You, Charlie Freeman”); Pulitzer prize-winners Doug Blackmon, Hank Klibanoff and Natasha Trethewey; Patrick Phillips (“Blood at the Root”); Rien Fertel (“The One True Barbecue”); and Frank Browning (“The Fate of Gender”).

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) is the largest independent book festival in the country. Every Labor Day weekend tens of thousands of visitors share the historic Decatur Square with authors, illustrators, editors, publishers and booksellers, enjoying literature, music, food and fun. For more information, visit,“like” Decatur Book Festival on Facebook or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter.

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