This year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival presented by Emory University was distilled to six panels on a single day because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saturday’s event was also held in a single venue, the First Baptist Church of Decatur, as well as online. Other festivities — a children’s tent, booksellers and food trucks — were contained to the church grounds.
Themed “Diverse Voices Building Community,” the one-day program featured an array of authors to make it just that.
Proof of vaccinations were required to attend the indoor events, and masks were required on the entire property.
For 14 years, The AJC Decatur Book Festival attracted up to 80,000 people to the Decatur Square every Labor Day weekend for author events, cooking demonstrations, live music, parades and exhibitors. Because of the pandemic, the festival transitioned to a month-long series of digital events last year.