Colin Meloy to Headline Decatur Book Festival

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest in the country, has announced its lineup.

With around 300 authors, the sixth annual festival plans to cater to the broad range of readers in attendance. From mystery writer George Pelecanos to local authors Mary Kay Andrews and Blake Butler, the three-day festival will host writers that span all genres.

The Decatur Book Festival’s 2011 keynote speakers are The Decemberists’ frontman Colin Meloy and his wife, acclaimed illustrator Carson Ellis. The two have collaborated on a children’s fantasy series titled Wildwood, with the first book in the series due Aug. 30, just days before the festival.

Festival executive director Daren Wang said this year’s keynote speakers will attract readers and music fans of all ages.

“Innovation has always been a big part of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, and bringing in one of the country’s best-known musicians to launch his first novel will help us fulfill our mission of creating excitement about books among all age groups,” said Wang.

Meloy and Ellis will kick off the event on Friday, Sept. 2 with a keynote address at 8 p.m. in Agnes Scott College’s Presser Hall.

The festival, which has previously hosted tens of thousands of visitors, will continue through Sunday, Sept. 4 in the historic Decatur Square.

“I’m thrilled about the line-up we have for this year’s Festival, and think we have something for any reader,” said Program Director Terra Elan McVoy. “We have a great combination of established, much-loved DBF traditions as well as exciting, new offerings.”

For more information, including the full list of authors, visit, “Like” Decatur Book Festival on Facebook, or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter.

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