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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Decatur Book Festival announces 2012 lineup, ATL's new resident poet laureate to give keynote

Natasha Trethewey, this year's DBF keynote speaker, celebrates her new post as U.S. poet Laureate in downtown Decatur this month.
  • Brandon English
  • Natasha Trethewey, this year's DBF keynote speaker, celebrates her new post as U.S. poet Laureate in downtown Decatur this month.
Last night the Decatur Book Festival crew held its annual launch party at Eddie's Attic. For its seventh round, the DBF - the largest independent book festival in the country, and the fourth largest overall - tapped local poet, Emory professor and recently named U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as the keynote speaker. She'll publish a new book of poems called Thrall this August. The festival will again take place over Labor Day, aka ClusterFest, weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in downtown Decatur.

The sprawling author list tops 300 and includes such notable scribes as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns); Caldecott Award and two-time Newbery Honor winner Kevin Henkes will lead the children's parade; Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist author David Levithan will launch his ned novel Every Day on the teen stage; foodie favorite John T. Edge will circle back after visiting Atlanta in May; and "Archer" creator/executive producer Adam Reed will discuss the latest chapter in the animated spy spoof's life: How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written.

In addition to an election year-themed Bookzlla, new website that launched yesterday, DBF will also be rolling out an app that should hopefully help make navigating the hundreds of possibilities on the square, if not easier, at least more portable.

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