In years past I used to get pumped up for the Decatur Book Festival (2010, 2012) by planning strategies, reading author bios, studying the locations of the exhibitors etc., but this year I would characterize my general attitude as more sedated. Nevertheless I know I will make it to downtown Decatur to see the Books as Art exhibit at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur and visit one of the few destination book stores left in Atlanta – Books Again (click to enlarge map)
Sure they are a blog sponsor, (see Sponsor Link in the left corner) but if you are a serious book shopper you'll appreciate the wide selection of fiction especially some of the older works penned by Southern authors. Books Again also has shelves full of military history, baseball, religion, philosophy and cookbooks. The store is air conditioned and they will be having their annual Labor Day Weekend sale with 40% OFF: Books $30 & Under and 30% OFF : Books over $30.
Why I know that the Decatur Book Festival is a “celebration of the book” and it is good for the Decatur community, I think of these large celebrations sometimes as the same kind event that is attended by a baseball fan who just goes to opening day. For the true baseball fan and a reader, it's important to settle into the rhythms of the long season.
Reading and watching baseball are something I do and talk about almost every day. (I'm even going to the Braves-Indians game tonight). Let the sunshine fan have their Labor Day Weekend, but I will still be thinking about books after September 1.