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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.

This year's Decatur Book Festival will be held Aug. 29-31. Scheduled participants include U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway, fiction writer Wiley Cash, science fiction author John Scalzi, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Louis Sullivan, children's writer and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi and Shiver Trilogy creator Maggie Stiefvater.

Visit decaturbookfestival.com for more information.

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