Decatur Book Festival

I have always been enamored by the beauty of the written word, so when I attended the first AJC Decatur Book Festival with my family seven years ago, I was thrilled that there was actually an entire festival dedicated to BOOKS!

The event has grown every year, and has become the largest independent book festival in the country, with authors from all over scheduled to speak in lecture halls, churches, stages – pretty much anywhere there’s enough gathering space within a few-blocks’ radius of Downtown Decatur.

“The Lightbearers: Awake” author Beth Hermes

This year, “The Lightbearers: Awake” will be featured at the Emerging Authors Booth, and I will be on-hand to read from the book, talk about the book and answer questions at 4:20 on the Emerging Authors Stage (located just above the Church Street MARTA station). I’ll be signing copies of my book at 4:30. There will be a limited number available at the Festival, and I’ll also be happy to sign copies you have purchased elsewhere.

Parking is available in Decatur, but it’s an ENORMOUS festival, so I recommend taking MARTA. Click on this Festival Map for information about the locations of various booths (Emerging Authors Stage is marked with a “J” on the right side of the map). Or visit the AJC Decatur Book Festival website for information about authors, workshops, events and more.

See you at the Festival!

Food for the Soul

If you attended the Launch Party in July, you may have had the opportunity to sample the Cranberry Orange Muffins (made with local honey, of course!) baked by “Veggie Val” – a

Beth & Val

woman who understands how food can impact the body, mind and spirit.

She has graciously shared the recipe for the Cranberry Orange Muffins enjoyed by Lightbearer Marlene Luzell at “Jitter Beans Coffee House” in the books. I promise if you make these at home, you’ll wonder how those sugar-laced, mass-produced confections ever crossed your lips!

Thanks for the wonderful treats, Val!

Of course, we did enjoy sugar-laced (but custom-ordered) confection, in the form of our Celebration Cake, complete with “The Lightbearers: Awake” cover on top. ¬†And of course we had red wine – Grifone Primitivo (what else?), which I later discovered is a Crew Pick at Trader Joe’s!