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Decatur Book Festival - Labor Day Weekend, September 2-3

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Mystery, murder, and mayhem will rule at the 2017 Decatur Book Festival on September 2-3.

SinC Atlanta is teaming up with the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America to present an amazing line-up of crime writers from cozies to dark thrillers to romantic suspense. The biggest writers in the business make the DBF a stop on their book tours.

The two-day street festival hours are Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm.

While the street festival is free, you will definitely want to add our authors' books to your shelves when you hit the SinC Tent. Here's a map of our tent location. (

Hang around close because you will also want to hear our authors discuss a variety of subjects over two day about how to write Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem.

Come join us and crank up the fun.


Download printable schedule here. (
Full schedule below.



10:15 – 10:45 am
Murder, Mystery & Mayhem in Small Doses

The art of the short story. Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra, Debra H. Goldstein (, Linda Lovely, and Karen Pullen

11:15 – 11:45
Love Can Be Murder

Romance turns up the heat in murder mysteries. Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra and Nicki Salcedo

12:15 – 12:45 pm
Tough, Cynical, Relentless Heroines

Breaking the male barrier in dark, contemporary mysteries known as “neo-noir.” Sasscer Hill and Linda Sands (

1:15 – 1:45 pm
Going to the Dogs, Cats, & Goats: Animals in Crime Fiction

Pets have unique personalities, so why shouldn’t they be characters in our books? Kathleen Delaney ( and Linda Lovely

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Spirited Sleuthing: Paranormal Mysteries

To solve crimes, sleuths use every resource -- even ghostly ones. Holly McClure, Fran Stewart (, and Maggie Toussaint

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Call the Cops!

Can only cops write realistic police procedurals? A lawyer and an engineer say no. Roger Johns and Karen Pullen

4:15 – 4:45 pm Crazy About Murder
Mental health issues featured in their mysteries.

John Gordon and Sharon Marchisello (

5:15 – 5:45 pm
Inside the Serial Killer’s Mind: The twisted logic, motivations, and behaviors of those who murder for their own gratification.

Amanda Feyerbend and Dr. Shirley Garrett


9/3 — SUNDAY

12:15 – 12:45 pm
Why Murder Someone in the Past? The challenges and advantages in writing historical mysteries.

Suzanne Adair and Anne Lovett (

1:15 – 1:45 pm
Family Secrets, Guilt, & Greed:
Mystery & Suspense on the Homefront

Weird dysfunctions haunt even "good" families, fodder for suspense — even murder. Julia McDermott ( and Raegan Teller

2:15 – 2:45 pm
The Psychological Building Blocks of Suspense

How worry, fear, time, and mayhem add suspense to a story. Dr. Shirley Garrett and Liz Lazarus (

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Murder So Cozy: Small Towns, Big Murders

Watch out! Killers lurk in the darnedest places! Debra H. Goldstein ( and Maggie Toussaint

4:15 – 4:45 pm
Cold Cases: Got to understand the bad guy in order to catch him (or her).

Lynn Hesse ( and Durden Kell (

5:15 – 5:45 pm
Write What You Know:

Three authors share personal stories that inspired their novels. Lynn Hesse (, Liz Lazarus, and Sharon Marchisello (