For those of you in the southeastern United States, there are two events going on next weekend that you might be interested in, and I encourage you to check out. Both are in or near Atlanta, GA, which of course is the center of the universe in this part of the country.
What are these two events?
The AJC Decatur Book Festival. From their Web site (note the “free and open to the public” part):
The Largest Independent Book Festival in the Nation
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical is an annual, free book festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in Decatur, Georgia at several venues located in and around the downtown Decatur Square. Conceived in 2005 and launched in 2006, the festival brings more than 300 authors to Decatur for the holiday weekend. The authors give readings, talks, and panel discussions. The event is free and open to the public.
Authors include Pulitzer Prize winning and best-selling authors of fiction in many genres and nonfiction on diverse topics. The authors come to Decatur from across the country and international points as well.
Dragon*Con. From their Web site:
Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!
This year, Dragon*Con will be held Labor Day weekend (September 2-5, 2011) in Atlanta, GA.