Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Decatur Book Festival 2018

Decatur Book Festival 2018

Thankfully, the post-residency life schedule has been flexible and my husband was able to take us to this year's Decatur Book Festival and Dragon*Con.

Decatur Book Festival

It's a little overwhelming to think this was the first year we actually had a choice in deciding what day to attend the Decatur Book Festival. In years past, my husband was usually on call at least one day during Labor Day, so we attended depending on his schedule. There was no such thing as holidays. Making Labor Day fun but stressful, as it was a little like attending an event in the middle of a work week.

But for a long time we felt it was worth it. We love books.

Dragon*Con in Atlanta is a little crazy on Saturdays, a lot of people only buy Saturday memberships, so I thought Saturday would be the best pick for the Decatur Book Festival instead.

Unfortunately, my husband was sick most of Friday night into early Saturday morning.

So, I was content to miss the festival this year.

Last DBF, 2017, was just ok for me. Inside some of the church sanctuary panels, I had issues with individuals seating themselves directly in front of me...when there was plenty of room on the pew and in pews several rows up front. It was just, like a magnet, there was something about sitting right directly in front of me that these people wanted to do. I swear they were part of the Matrix. (It's like who does that without looking if they are blocking someone? Bots, that's who.) I got really close to starting a mockumentary Twitter account using the photos I took of the back of their heads. But I guess that would make me as rude as they are.

And, there was also a big panel we wanted to see and for some reason it was put in a tiny venue and it just made the whole festival experience feel off. Sorta, like, you, young people (if, 31 is young to you), not welcome here. You either gotta be under 18 or 50+, is what it felt like. 

This year wasn't much different. In years past, I felt like there were more people our age at the festival. Maybe they were all at Dragon*Con Saturday because they like crowds. Or just not enough NA, fantasy, romance, or other authors to draw people our age and my husband and I are anomalies.

The one and only panel we attended was "Women Take Charge In Sci-Fi" with Malka Older and Liza Yaszek. I don't have a photo because the host stated it's no longer allowed during panels.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to checking into Liza Yaszek's collection of classic American science fiction by women from the 1920s to the 1960s titled The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin: A Library of America Special Publication which releases according to Amazon, October 9th.

I felt the panel was very informative to me. I've always been a big fan of scifi and fantasy movies. Recently, I've been wanting to branch out and read more classic scifi and fantasy novels. Tons of interesting recommendations were thrown out: Parable of the Sower(Earthseed, #1)EscapologyHow to Suppress Women's WritingAn Unkindness of Ghosts, and many more I didn't manage to type into my phone.

So, even though I was kinda meh about going because of past experiences, I'm glad I did.


We usually don't escape without buying a few books. It was our first year visiting the Georgia Book & Paper Fair.

And, we'll probably be back.

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