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90,000 people attend Decatur Book Festival

90,000 people attend Decatur Book Festival

DECATUR, Ga. -- A record 90,000 attendees packed downtown Decatur for this year's AJC Decatur Book Festival.

"It was another record-setting year for the Decatur Book Festival, and our hundreds of events went off without a hitch," DBF programming director Philip Rafshoon said in a statement.

More than 600 authors spoke on 19 different stages at last weekend's festival, and thousands of books went home with eager shoppers. Bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates delivered the keynote address to a sold-out crowd.

"Every year, the AJC DBF tries to outdo and redefine itself," DBF executive director Daren Wang said. "(This year's) audiences were larger, more diverse and even more engaged. It was easily the best DBF so far, but you ain't seen nothing yet."

Learn more about the festival at decaturbookfestival.com.

Recording artists raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Recording artists raise money for Habitat for Humanity

ATLANTA -- An upcoming concert at Chastain Park Amphitheater will also support Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb.

O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips will perform at the Atlanta amphitheater on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the non-table show.

Tickets range in price from $35.50 to $40.50 and can be purchased at classicchastain.com.

Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb spokesperson Julie Hopkins said that for every ticket O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips sell on their summer tour, $1 will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. DeKalb partners families and representatives will attend the July 26 show as special guests of the artists.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb at dekalbhabitat.org.

Joyce Carol Oates to headline Decatur Book Festival

Joyce Carol Oates to headline Decatur Book Festival

DECATUR, Ga. -- Joyce Carol Oates has been named keynote speaker of the 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Oates, 76, will kick off this year's festival on Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. at Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. She is the author of more than 40 novels and will soon publish a new short story collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories.

Oates has also received a number of awards, including two O. Henry Prizes, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Poets & Writers Distinguished Lifetime Award and, in 2010, the National Humanities Medal.

"There are few authors -- very, very few -- that rise to Joyce Carol Oates' level of accomplishment," Decatur Book Festival executive director Daren Wang said in a release.

Search for WondLa author to speak in metro Atlanta

Search for WondLa author to speak in metro Atlanta

(WXIA) -- A popular author will hold two readings and book signings in metro Atlanta this weekend.

Tony DiTerlizzi writes the Search for WondLa trilogy and recently published The Battle for WondLa, the final book in the series. The Battle for WondLa follows Eva Nine, who must go into hiding when peace between humans and aliens begins to crumble, and the evil Lorac plots against the captured city of Solas, Orbona.

DiTerlizzi will speak at the Edgewood Barnes & Noble (1217 Caroline Street) on Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. He will also be at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur (133 East Court Square) on Sunday, May 11 at 4 p.m.

One of DiTerlizzi's book series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, was made into a 2008 movie starring Freddie Highmore and Mary-Louise Parker.

Learn more about Tony DiTerlizzi at diterlizzi.com.

Grand opening of private event venue

Grand opening of private event venue

Vanadu Event Space Grand Opening

Featuring music by DJ K, catering by Tuckers Catering and our exclusive line of LED Casino Tables for your entertainment. 

Come down explore the facility, play in the casino and win some prizes.

Drawing for (2) $500 gift certificates towards rental fee!  Don't miss out on the fun!

Sunday, Apr. 27

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

5019 Memorial Drive

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.