MARBL is pleased to announce that John Lewis, a key Civil Rights pioneer whose papers are featured in the SCLC collection and exhibit, will be this year’s keynote speaker for the Decatur Book Festival (DBF). MARBL will also be represented at the DBF in the Raymond Danowski Poetry Track, which will feature a discussion panel from Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing & English and curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, Kevin Young.
From the Decatur Book Festival site:
Congressman John Lewis an American icon, a man who has witnessed history in the making and helped make history himself as one of the key figures of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 AJC Decatur Book Festival. The Congressman’s keynote will take place on Friday, August 30, just two days after the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. The keynote address kicks off a festival heavily focused on civil and human rights.
One of the most popular tracks of the festival, Emory’s Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Track is sure to draw even more of a crowd this year as we celebrate the breadth and diversity of American poetry with vibrant readings and discussions about the art. Once again, the AJC Decatur Book Festival will host the debut of the Best American Poetry, featuring this year’s guest editor Denise Duhamel. Ward Briggs, Bronwan Dickey, and David Bottoms team up to present the Complete Poems of James Dickey; Carl Phillips and Chelsea Rathburn ponder our fears and excesses on a poetry panel entitled “Damage”. Maurice Manning and Adrian Matejka call on actual events as inspiration for their works — Manning paints a beautiful, fantastical rendering of a place based on his native Kentucky in The Gone and the Going Away; and Adrian Matejka brings legendary boxer Jack Johnson back to life in The Big Smoke. For a fantastic panel on “Poetry in the Public Life” join poets Richard Blanco, P. Scott Cunningham, Esther Lee, and Kevin Young on Sunday afternoon at the Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary.
For a full event schedule and visitor information, please visit the Decatur Book Festival website