Celebrating Book Worms: Hot Spots To Create Your Own Never-Ending Book Festival





Not here for the Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day? Didn’t get enough book-ness even when you were there? Here are some of the hot spots for those who love the written word.




Atlanta History Center Author Programs:

The Atlanta History Center hosts a plethora of events related to the written and spoken word. It could be Kevin Kwan, who penned the international bestselling Crazy Rich Asians, or a StoryCorps listening event.

Find more at atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/category/author-programs.


Decatur Writers Studio:

Fulfill your secret mission to write the next best-selling book, screenplay or free-lance article by taking a class on Humor Writing, Narrative Nonfiction, or Novel Writing. These classes are taught by an impressive line-up of acclaimed writers.

Sign up at decaturwritersstudio.com.


Eat this Poem:

If you want to experience a truly creative outlet that pairs poetry, food and travel, check out local author Nicole Gulotta’s website and blog. Her new cookbook with the same name makes a great gift for your fellow bookie or foodie.

See more at eatthispoem.com.


Java Monkey Speaks:

It’s a different kind of open mic than you expect at a local bar with a stage. Relax before the upcoming week every Sunday night by enjoying coffee or wine as you listen or participate in open mic poetry.

Get the latest details at javamonkeymusic.com/f-a-p-q-frequently-asked-poetry-questions.



A revolutionary way to think about book club, enjoy “books, booze and beats” each month at Monday Night Garage in Southwest Atlanta. Here, selected guests read an excerpt from a book of their choice related to the theme, for August it was #GOALS. It’s like karaoke for books. The events are free, though a gently used book to donate is requested as a cover charge.

RSVP for the next event at litatlanta.com.


Lit & Bruised:

Enjoy a weekly podcast and great literature at the same time with this Atlanta-based literary podcast that includes conversations with local authors. Bonus – the podcast’s website also keeps you in-the-know about literary events in the Atlanta area.

Check it out at litandbruised.com.


The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library Author Programs:

Throughout the year, the library hosts lectures and book signings, most of them free. Even President Jimmy Carter himself was the featured author recently. These events are great opportunities to delve deeply into favorite books and hot topics, while glimpsing authors behind their magic curtains.

Find the next event at jimmycarterlibrary.gov/events.


Writers @ the Wrecking Bar:

This wildly popular program combines authors, book critics, book lovers, food and spirits once a month. Contemporary fiction authors engage in conversation with book critics before answering audience questions and then signing books.

Register at acappellabooks.com/writers-at-the-wrecking-bar.