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Save the date! AJC Decatur Book Festival (Aug. 29-31)

AJC Decatur Book Festival announces diverse LGBT track lineup for 2014

The 2014 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (AJC DBF) will feature a large and diverse LGBT track lineup, sponsored this year by the Atlanta Pride Committee. The 2014 track includes books by, for, and about the LGBT community, and features a wide range of topics and genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cooking, erotica, spirituality, memoir, and young adult.

AJC DBF Programming Director and former Outwrite Bookstore owner, Philip Rafshoon, says, "Once again, the authors on our LGBT track make a significant contribution to the overall roster of the festival, and are a great reflection of the diversity of our voices. In an age where there is rapidly increasing acceptance of the LGBT community, it is vital to spotlight writers speaking out about our issues and telling our stories."

Featured Presenters
• Allan Gurganus
o Presents his first work in 12 years, Local Souls, which revisits the town made famous in his classic work, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
• Pulitzer Prize finalist Richard Rodriguez
o Presents his post 9/11 spiritual autobiography, Darling, told through a series of essays
• The Beekman Boys, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell
o Present on the Springer Mountain Farm Kitchen Stage and will prepare a dish from The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook
• T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper
o Present together their new, co-authored young adult novel, Changers, about an ancient, secret race whose members’ personas change several times from their original identity
• Christian speaker and LGBT advocate Matthew Vines
o Presents his latest book, God and the Gay Christian
• Judith Frank
o Presents from All I Love and Know, a novel about an established gay couple whose lives are forever changed after a bombing in Jerusalem throws them unexpectedly into parenthood
• Emory University’s Jericho Brown
o Will appear as part of DBF’s annual launch of the year’s Best American Poetry anthology, where he will also launch his own new book, The New Testament
• Lambda Literary Award winner Mark Wunderlich
o Presents from his new book, The Earth Avails
• “Love in the Time of Globalization”
o Novelist Thrity Umrigar, a naturalized American citizen originally from South Asia, will participate in a panel discussing the complexities of relationships and social expectations when one is caught between two cultures.
• “Your Deepest Desires”
o Sheree Greer and Fiona Zedde will share their sensuously written stories of love and lust, Let the Lover Be and Desire at Dawn.
• “Everybody's Talking About It: Diversity in Children's and YA Books”
o Andrew Smith, who appears on the Teen Stage, will participate in this panel discussing the need for more diversity in young adult and children’s literature.

The full LGBT track schedule can be found at:

The Atlanta Journal–Constitution Decatur Book Festival presented by DeKalb Medical (AJC DBF) is the largest independent book festival in the country, and the fourth largest overall. Over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 29-31), tens of thousands from metro Atlanta and beyond will share the historic downtown Decatur Square with world–class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and booksellers for a weekend filled with literature, music, food, and fun. For more information, visit, “like” Decatur Book Festival on Facebook, or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter.

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Rachel Cushing | Lenz, Inc.

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