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Decatur Book Festival announces Emory University as presenting sponsor

Emory University has become a presenting sponsor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, making it the second largest sponsor of the nation’s largest independent book festival. 

“As a community committed to the literary arts, the generation of new knowledge, and the life of the mind, the Decatur Book Festival is a natural partner in our work,” says Dwight A. McBride, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory. “Together, we share the talents of our faculty authors, who are among the best in the nation, to promote the rich literary culture that exists in Atlanta.”

“Emory has been a staunch supporter of and participant in the festival for many years,” says Julie Wilson, executive director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival. “We are thrilled that the university is now a presenting sponsor, and we look forward to working even more closely with Emory in ensuring that the DBF remains a singular literary event and resource for writers and readers across the country.”

More than a dozen Emory faculty authors will be giving public talks at the festival on their latest books or research, and Emory students will be among those giving readings on the local poetry stage. More information on the Emory track at the festival is available here. 

Launched in 2006, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) brings more than 300 nationally and internationally known authors, children’s and young adult writers and illustrators, and tens of thousands of readers together for a weekend of fun and discovery. Held every Labor Day weekend in Downtown Decatur, the DBF is the largest independent book festival in the country. The DBF hosts author events throughout the year and sponsors The Decatur Writers Studio. For more information, visit, “like” Decatur Book Festival on Facebook or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter and @decaturbookfestival on Instagram.

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