Lots of volunteers needed for AJC Decatur Book Festival

Jann Knowles looks at one of thousands of books for sale during the AJC Decatur Book Festival on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

The 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival, which attracts tens of thousands to the historic Decatur Square over the Labor Day Weekend, needs volunteers – a lot of them.

Organizers said the annual festival, which takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 2, is the nation’s largest independent book festival.

The event, which is in its 12th year, is presented this year by Emory University, which is merging with longtime sponsor DeKalb Medical.

In its first year in 2006, the festival attracted 100 authors and thousands of book lovers. Since then, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have attended book signings, author readings, panel discussions, and writing workshops. The festival also includes an interactive children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, and poetry slams. 

This year, there will be stages dedicated to authors specializing in poetry, history, science, teen and children's literature and cooking, held at various venues in downtown Decatur.

The festival's appetite for volunteers is enormous.

“It relies heavily on volunteer support to make it a perennial success,” said Tammy Washington of the Decatur Business Association.

 All volunteers will get a free T-shirt. 

The Volunteer Decatur office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

For more information contact Sherry or Megan at  678-615-0915, or email Sherry.Jackman@decaturga.comLeeann.Harvey@decaturga.com or Volunteer.Decatur@decaturga.com.

Author presentations begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1 and at noon on Sept. 2.

For festival schedules and other information, visit www.decaturbookfestival.com.