So here’s the deal: this year’s Decatur Book Festival features a new track on Parenting, Education and Family, and I spent a lot of time helping to put it together. I hope these are well-attended. I could use support!
For more information about the festival in general, its website is here: http://www.decaturbookfestival.com/2013/index.php
and its app can be found in the iTunes app store.
11:15 a.m. Saturday 8/31, Decatur HS Stage
What American Parents Can Learn From Overseas, featuring Amanda Ripley (“The Smartest Kids in the World”) and Christine Gross-Loh (“Parenting Beyond Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us”), moderated by AJC’s education writer Maureen Downey.
12:30 p.m. Saturday 8/31, Decatur HS Stage
“The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Before Their Bottom Line” Jennifer Margulis, introduced by Kate Tuttle.
1:45 p.m. Saturday 8/31, Decatur HS Stage
New Therapies for Today’s Sensory Kids, featuring Kelly Dorfman (“Cure Your Child With Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments”) and Carolyn Dagliesh (“The Sensory Child Gets Organized: Proven Systems for Rigid, Anxious, or Distracted Kids”), moderated by Kate Tuttle.
3 p.m. Saturday 8/31, City Hall Stage
Contributors to the anthology “Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African American Community” in a panel discussion, including Edward Garnes, Lita Hooper, David Horton, Gil Robertson IV, and Cassandra Wanzo.
4:45 pm. Saturday 8/31, Children’s Stage
“Common Core Can Be Cool”: In a moderated discussion, popular authors discuss the relevance of historical fiction in the changing classroom; features Gennifer Choldenko and Kirby Larson, moderated by Eric Carpenter.
5:30 p.m. Saturday 8/31, Decatur HS Stage
Book launch and readings from “This Assignment Is So Gay,” an anthology of poetry by teachers confronting homophobia in education.
12 p.m. Sunday 9/1, City Hall Stage
“When Will My Grown Up Child Grow Up? Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult” by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett; author Arnett is the world’s leading authority on emerging adults and a psychology professor at Clark University.
3:45 p.m. Sunday 9/1, First Baptist Decatur Stage
“Talking Toys Are Satan’s Gift: Writing About Fatherhood,” featuring Clyde Edgerton, author of ten novels and a new memoir about parenting, “Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers.”