The Decatur Book Festival is rife with venues beyond the venerable square. Just a block away in the Decatur Holiday Inn you’ll find the 18th Fine and Collectible Book Fair, which I always find interesting and worthwhile. Not only is this event protected from the elements, it’s also an opportunity to visit a kind of traveling book museum where you can buy first editions of one of your favorite authors or topics. I like browsing there, as the cool, less-frantic atmosphere lends itself to quiet browsing and you can often “talk books” with the proprietors. Don’t call yourself a book lover unless you stroll through.
Here’s a sampling of who will be there and some of their offerings. (Check the Comments for additional information.)
- Books Again, Decatur
. Jim Adams will have a first edition of Thomas Hardy’s “Return of the Native,” and Flannery O’Connor’s first book “Wise Blood,” some early signed Ross Macdonalds, including his second Lew Archer book “The Drowning Pool,” a signed edition of Seamus Heaney’s first book, a 1st edition of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and much more. See Comments for information about a weekend sale at their store.
- Kenneth Mallory
. Ken Mallory will be bringing a bit of everything -- Southern history, literature, architecture, and a selection of photography books. (Thanks to Ken for putting me in touch with these booksellers.)