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2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival Announces Diverse LGBT Track

Find the lineup for featured presenters, poetry and panels for the LGBT track here.

2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival Announces Diverse LGBT Track

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival presented by DeKalb Medical announced its LGBT track lineup for 2014.

The largest independent book festival in the country will include books by, for and about the LGBT community, featuring topics and genres including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cooking, erotica, spirituality, memoir and young adult.

“Once again, the authors on our LGBT track make a significant contribution to the overall roster of the festival, and are a great reflection of the diversity of our voices,” said Philip Rafshoon, festival programming director and former Outwrite Bookstore owner, in a news release. “In an age where there is rapidly increasing acceptance of the LGBT community, it is vital to spotlight writers speaking out about our issues and telling our stories.”

Featured Presenters

  • Allan Gurganus will present his first work in 12 years, “Local Souls,” which revisits the town made famous in his classic work, “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.”
  • Pulitzer Prize finalist Richard Rodriguez will present his post 9/11 spiritual autobiography, “Darling,” told through a series of essays.
  • The Beekman Boys, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell will present on the Springer Mountain Farm Kitchen Stage and will prepare a dish from “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook.”
  • T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper will present their new, co-authored young adult novel, “Changers,” about an ancient, secret race whose members’ personas change several times from their original identity.
  • Christian speaker and LGBT advocate Matthew Vines will present his latest book, “God and the Gay Christian.”
  • Judith Frank will present from “All I Love and Know,” a novel about an established gay couple whose lives are forever changed after a bombing in Jerusalem throws them unexpectedly into parenthood.


  • Emory University’s Jericho Brown will appear as part of the DBF’s annual launch of the year’s Best American Poetry anthology, where he will also launch his own new book, “The New Testament.”
  • Lambda Literary Award winner Mark Wunderlich will present from his new book, “The Earth Avails.”


  • Love in the Time of Globalization -- Novelist Thrity Umrigar, a naturalized American citizen originally from South Asia, will participate in a panel discussing the complexities of relationships and social expectations when one is caught between two cultures.
  • Your Deepest Desires -- Sheree Greer and Fiona Zedde wills hare their sensuously written stories of love and lust, “Let the Lover Be” and “Desire at Dawn.”
  • Everybody’s Talking About It: Diversity in Children’s and YA Books -- Andrew Smith, who appears on the Teen Stage, will participate in this panel discussing the need for more diversity in young adult and children’s literature.

The AJC Decatur Book Festival takes place over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-31 at the Decatur Square.

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