Decatur, Books, Arts

Did you manage to slip away from the gravity of Dragon*Con long enough to visit the Decatur Book-Arts Festival this weekend? It was both more charming and less frustrating than I expected (with the parking and the crowds and the heat all being considerably less ferocious than I feared). The missus went out to sell some of her books and I wandered through mostly looking to validate my parking and find somewhere to sit down with my computer for a couple of hours until we packed up the booth on Saturday.

Naturally, I ended up at Java Monkey. I know it’s the place for spoken-word performances and live poetry in Atlanta… but I’ve never been to one of those events and I don’t know anyone who has. You? How are they?

Next year, I’m setting aside a solid day for the Book-Arts Festival. There were too many people I wanted to listen to and talk to for me to just casually wander through. So I basically blew this year’s Book-Arts Festival.

But, hey, you went. You saw it in depth. What’d I miss?

3 Comments so far

  1. Daniel (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 9:10 am

    I went and enjoyed it also. I went to twodifferent talks and then walked around the booths for a while. I wish that there had been more books for sale (I wish there’d been a big tent like the Brandeis Book Sale in Toco Hills every year), but it was pretty good. I got to meet some local authors as well.

    Oh, and the spoken word at JM is okay, if you like spoken word. Some of it is positively awful and some of it has some point (I’m not a huge spoken word fan).

  2. james (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    went on saturday, but like you it was kind of an unplanned thing. all-in-all i was impressed. i’ll say this, it was probably the one place in the city where i didn’t here a THING about college football.

  3. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

    I ran the sound at the children’s tent on both days. It wasn’t nearly as bad as it might sound.

    I got to hear the children’s spoken word competition which was pretty tepid outside of a couple of standout peices. I generally can’t get into that stuff as it rarely feels genuine to me… but that’s me.

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