Emory Libraries staff members to present at the Decatur Book Festival

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Emory Libraries’ conservation coordinator Julie Newton (left) leads the always popular art activity with exhibitions graphic designer Gretchen Warner in the Emory tent at the 2016 Decatur Book Festival.

Emory Libraries and Emory University continue their sponsorship of the Decatur Book Festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, in downtown Decatur, Georgia.

Emory Libraries will be joined by staff from the Emory Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Carlos Museum and the Emory Center for Ethics in the Emory tent, on East Ponce de Leon Avenue near the courthouse.

In addition, staff members from the Woodruff Library, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and Emory Center for Digital Scholarship will participate in DBF sessions. (Check times and locations on the Decatur Book Festival website before you go.)

Saturday, Sept. 2

  • 12:30 p.m.: ECDS staffers Arya Basu, Clint Fluker, and Megan Slemons will join “Brotherman” comic book artist Dawud Anyabwile for the Big City Maps panel, a discussion and virtual-reality demo of their 3-D team project to bring the streets of the fictional Big City to life.
  • 4:15 p.m.: Rose Library curator of African American collections Pellom McDaniels will interview Joe Barry Carroll, a former NBA All-Star, about his new book, “Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, and Emotions.”
  • 4:30 p.m.: Karen Garrabrant (aka Karen G), senior acquisitions assistant, poet activist and slam poet extraordinaire, will read (and serve as co-host during the day) at the local poets stage at Java Monkey.

Sunday, Sept. 3

  • Noon: Pellom McDaniels will discuss his new book, “Porter, Steward, Citizen: An African American’s Memoir of World War I,” about Royal Christian’s book.
  • 2:30 p.m.: McDaniels will lead a panel that will include Randy Gue, Rose curator of modern political and historical collections, on why history and archives are important, and how authors use archives to write biographies. They will be joined by biographic authors Valerie Boyd and former Emory University professor Lawrence Jackson.

McDaniels and other Emory authors will sign their books at the Emory tent throughout the weekend; a schedule of signings will be available at the tent. Library conservation coordinator Julie Newton will again lead the tent’s art activity of making handheld fans, with the design drawn by artist Raymondo; this year’s theme will revolve around the Emory Libraries’ upcoming fall exhibition of the Beat poets’ materials.

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