DECATUR, GA — More than 205 authors, poets, historians, scientists and chefs have been signed to appear at the 2019 AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF) this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 – Sep. 1, in Decatur. This year’s festival presented by Emory University will host authors from across the U.S. whose books represent a broad range of topics and genres. The 2019 festival schedule will be announced in July.

In partnership with PEN America, the festival has dedicated its Friday night Keynote and an entire track of author programs to the topic of immigration. Richard Blanco, the fifth person in U.S. history selected to write and deliver an inaugural poem, will be joined by Rigoberto González, author of 17 books of poetry and prose, and Gabriela Ventura Baeza, executive editor of Arte Publico Press. The panel will discuss Latino writing and immigration, the power of literature to effect change, who gets to call a country home, and the value of providing opportunities for uncensored expression.

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