Located in downtown Decatur, just outside of Atlanta, the AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the United States, featuring more than 600 authors across three days of events and programs. This year's festival theme is #READdifferent, an theme that if:book takes to heart.
Memory Makes Us is a live writing event where authors create a new work, using for their inspiration the memories submitted by the audience. Fresh from a tour of Australian writers festivals last year, the project takes place both in a physical space in a festival hub and online at the project web site.
Readers from around the world are encouraged to share their memories around a theme set by the authors. This year's themes will be announced and the web site open for submissions in early August.
On the day, the writers will work online and readers who can't make it to Georgia can follow their progress at the project web site, keystroke by keystroke. Visitors to the festival can watch the authors working live and contribute their memories in person using decidedly lo-fi tools: pens and typewriters.
The authors for this year's project are Australian author Paddy O'Reilly and US author Randy Osborne.
Photo: Decatur Book Festival