For the past 2 years Labor Day weekend has been dedicated to the Decatur Book Festival. This year was no exception! We got into town on Friday afternoon. It just so happened that Beau and I were very lucky this year. See, Labor Day weekend is when the collage football season starts. Which means, hubby goes with me…begrudgingly then sits in the hotel room and watches football all weekend. This has always worked out fairly well, but this year was perfect because UT played their first game at the GA Dome on Friday night! So as soon as we got to Decatur we checked in, ate lunch and headed for downtown Atlanta and the Georgia Dome. I won’t get into it any further except to say that 90 degree temps, sports bars, and Lori do not mix. But TN won so all was apparently right with the world and it made the weekend much better. Yay for a non-pouty husband!
I’m not going to get into the panels much, as they were all great. I’m just going to post pictures and hit the highlights. I’m also going to use some of Vania’s photos since she’s a professional and mine turned out dark.
After the author/blogger breakfast Saturday the first panel up was the Outcasts panel with Kristin Paige Madonia (Fingerprints of You), Carly Moore (The Stalker Chronicles), and Madeleine George (The Difference Between You and Me).
Next up was David Levithan…of course I was fangirly and he was wonderful as always.
Then Margie & Kami
They talked a lot about the upcoming Beautiful Creatures movie!
Kendare Blake. She’s so funny! I’m even more excited to read Anna now.
I left the Teen Stage for the next event, can you believe it? But OMG you guys, it was Erin Morgenstern! She’s that little tiny speck in the picture below. The place was packed! She talked a lot about how many revisions of TNC she did. Celia wasn’t even in the first draft!
That was the end of day one! Have I mentioned that everything was outside and it was like 90 degrees? Because it was. I was pretty happy to head back to the room and enjoy the AC at this point.
Breakfast on Sunday was a lot of fun! Diana Peterfrerund came over from Dragon*Con and Lauren Morrill, Sarah Maas, Susan Dennard, and C.J. Redwine were also there. Along with us bloggers.
Here are some of the fun panels from Sunday:
Barry Lyga was first! Everyone talked me into buying I Hunt Killers on Saturday and I did that first thing Sunday morning. I’m so happy I did because it was sold out after the panel and after listening to Barry I can’t wait to read it! Also there was a super creepy guy with a bucket that asked Barry very detailed questions about serial killers…it was…just..wow.
Next up was Maureen Johnson! She was hilarious as always.
Then the Warrior Girls panel with Jessica Khorey, Sarah J. Maas, Dan Krokos, C.J. Redwine, and Heather Brewer.
And that’s it! It was so much fun, of course! I got to see all my favorite bloggers and meet some new ones like Autumn from The Autumn Review , Smash from Smash Attack Ash, and Penny from Penny Writes. I also got to chat with Lauren Morrill (Meant to Be) quite a bit and she’s just adorable!I also got lots of books signed!
This one is definitely my new favorite signed book:
I’m already excited for next year!
If you want to see some more detailed recaps go here: