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VouchedATL [& friends] at the Decatur Book Festival!

28 Aug

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It’s Labor Day weekend which in Atlanta means the Decatur Book Festival is taking the city by storm! Once again, the Vouched table will be set up at the festival all weekend. This year we’ll be in the first-ever ART | DBF pavilion, and in really good company there, neighbored by arts organizations such as our pals at BURNAWAY, Wonderroot, gloATL, Indie Craft Experience, MOCA GA, the High Museum, and more! You’ll find us in booth 342 with some of the crew from Loose Change Magazine.

Here’s a map!



As always though, there will be plenty of other things to do and see at the festival. I’ve compiled a list of events below that may help, but I heartily suggest you take a peak at the full schedule of events here. For updates on events throughout the weekend you can check out VouchedATL’s twitter page, and of course, the Decatur Book Festival’s twitter page!

Here are some highlights from the weekend’s schedule for you!

Saturday, August 31st

11a-12p: The Wren’s Nest Publishing Company will be releasing the work of the Wren’s Nest Kipp Scribes at Core Studios (139 Sycamore Street) If you attended this year’s Vouched Birthday Party and enjoyed what you heard, this is your best opportunity to meet the young authors who penned the stories and some of the great people behind the Wren’s Nest’s Educational Programs! R.S.V.P here!

4:15p-5p; Digging and Delving: Resurrecting the Southern Past in Fiction featuring Charles McNair and Matthew Guinn at the Decatur Library Stage.

5:30p-6:30p: This Assignment is So Gay – a book launch! at the Decatur High School Stage featuring Pablo Miguel Martinez, Jee Leong Koh, Megan Volpert, Ed Madden, and Theresa Davis


Sunday, September 1st: 

12p-12:45p: Clayton State University hosts readings from Brigitte Byrd, Roberto Gibraltarik and Robert Pfeiffer at the Local Poetry Stage.

12p-12:45p: Charles McNair, Teresa Weaver, Gina Webb, and Lev Grossman discuss whether book reviews matter (yes, yes they do!) at the Old Courthouse Stage

1:30p – 2:30 p: The Wren’s Nest will host its second book release of the weekend! This time the book is Smoke Signals – the seventh annual literary journal produced entirely by Atlanta-area high school students participating in the Wren’s Nest summer publishing program. The release will take place at Core Studios (139 Sycamore street), R.S.V.P. here!

2:00p-2:45p: Caprice Crane, Sara Shephard, and Terra Elan McVoy discuss their work in the panel When Good Girls Go Bad at the Teen Stage.

4p- 5p: The Emory Poetry Council will be hosting Malachi Black, Jericho Brown, Dana Sokolowski, Gina Myers, and Bruce Covey! Java Monkey (425 Church St.) R.S.V.P. here!

4:15p-5p: The Best American Poetry 2013 Book Launch at the First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage featuring readings from Thomas Lux, David Kirby, Jericho Brown, Denise Duhamel, Kevin Young, and David Lehman.

5p – 6p: Write Club Atlanta is taking its bouts to the streets! Watch Bobbin Wages go head-to-head with Mike Molina on Peace vs. War! Josh Green takes on Jessica Handler with crime vs. punishment! The battle will take place at the Decatur Rec Center. R.S.V.P. here!


Vouched Books Atlanta [and friends!] at the Decatur Book Festival

29 Aug

This weekend, Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd Vouched Books Atlanta will once again be set up at this year’s Decatur Book Festival! This year we’ll be sharing a booth with our good friends from The Wren’s Nestbooth 612. Here’s a list of the other great vendors and exhibitors you should visit.  Here’s a map:

As always though, there will be plenty of other things to do and see at the festival. I’ve compiled a list of events below that may help, but I heartily suggest you take a peak at the full schedule of events here. For updates on events throughout the weekend you can check out VouchedATL’s twitter page, and of course, the Decatur Book Festival’s twitter page!

SATURDAY, September 1st: 

10a-1p: The Wren’s Nest Publishing Co. has compiled its sixth annual literary journal, entitled Flyaways, which is comprised entirely of pieces by Atlanta-area high school students. Student editors, contributors, and their friends and family members will join to mingle, congratulate each other, and exult in their accomplishments with lemonade, popsicles, games, and coloring at Core Studio. Pull out your inner child and come share in the revelry!

11a–12p: James Nichols reads at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum.

11:15a-12:15p: Author Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy will be reading. Introduction from Laura Straub (hey, that’s me!) at the Decatur Library.

12p-1p: Boviniad author Nathan Jerpe reveals new stanzas of that ongoing and steampunk-inflected epic poem at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum.

1p-2p: John Harkey, a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech, discusses and recites verse by Objectivist poet Lorine Niedecker (1903–1970) at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum.

2:30p-3:30p: Gina Myers will be reading at the Local Poetry Stage

1:45p- 2:30p: “A Different Kind of Love Story“:  Rachael Maddux will be moderates  a panel with Lydia Netzer and Lisa Zeidner discussing their new novels at the City Hall Stage.

2p-3p: Poet Laura Carter reads at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum

3p-4p: Members of the Atlanta Poets Group engage in their “disjunctive and disruptive linguistic practices at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum.

4p-5p: Rabbit Tales librettist and multidisciplinary artist Madeleine St. Romain performs some of her recent polyphonic material at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum.

5–6 pm: Yale graduate and self-taught conceptual artist Nikita Gale—dubbed a “Superstar of Southern Art” by The Oxford American—discusses her work, which often incorporates text at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum.

SUNDAY, September 2nd: 

12p–1 p: Comedian Brian Bannon (Rolling Stephen Hawking Up a Hill) and musician Bill Taft (Superlocalhellfreakride) re-create some of the music, historical anecdotes, and fabulations they have crafted in honor of the Krog Tunnel’s centenary at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum.

1p-2p: Historian and academic Hester L. Furey, whose first chapbook is titled Little Fish, shares her poetry at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum.

2p–3p: Atlanta native Amy McDaniel, who helps run the Solar Anus reading series, presents her poems in bringing XWA 3 to a close at the Experimental Writer’s Asylum.

2:30p-3:30p: The KIPP Scribes have crafted the stories with the help of their mentors and will release their book, Read After Burning, at CORE Studio (133 Sycamore Street  Decatur, GA 30030). The book launch will feature readings from the KIPP Scribes and their mentors.The KIPP Scribes is a collaborative writing and publishing program between The Wren’s Nest and KIPP STRIVE Academy, a West End charter school. 

3p-4p: Poets Bruce Covey, Gina Myers, Jericho Brown, and Molly Brodak will be reading at  Emory’s College Showcase at the Local Poetry Stage.

5p-6p: Myke Johns introduces Rob Reid, author of Year Zero at the Decatur Conference Center Auditorium.

Also, throughout the Saturday and Sunday daylight hours of XWA 3, passersby can again enjoy the free verse stylings (and, often, the free-verse stylings) of Jimmy Lo and company with Free Poems on Demand outside the gallery.

Hope to see you there!

VouchedATL at the Decatur Book Festival

2 Sep

Hey  y’all! In case you haven’t heard, I’m going to be setting up shop at the Decatur Book festival with Wink this weekend. We’ll be in our booth, A126 from 9am to 6pm tomorrow and from 12pm to 6pm on Sunday! We have all sorts of fun and tom-foolery planned including visiting Atlanta-based writers, poetry for $1, and a literary quiz show, among other shenanigans! Please come stop by. We will have so much fun!

While you’re there, you should check out the tons of wonderful readings going on (including readings by Blake Butler and Bruce Covey) check them all out on the schedule page!