Decatur Book Festival in Pictures, Part One

Written on September 6, 2007 at 1:40 pm, by Lain Shakespeare

As previously noted several times, Team Wren’s Nest attended the Decatur Book Festival over the weekend.

Team Wren's Nest

Cool shirts, huh? And yes folks, Amelia really is that short.

When you get a booth at these festivals, it’s like 10’x10′, and kind of stuffy. So while everyone else is out enjoying the festival, you’re enjoying it from a prison cell.

The View at the Decatur Book Festival

This was more or less the view from our very own prison cell.

Things are just getting cranked up, and later in the afternoon the square was flooded with children, parents, and that guy who comes to all the festivals dressed in a hula skirt.

We made good use of our time, however, selling books and being cool, like we are.

Beer at the Decatur Book Festival

(Outdoorsman Matt is doing most of the selling here.)

Meanwhile, we sent our storytellers out to ramble around and tell stories.

Donald in front of Birdi's

See Donald?

He looks like he’s choking himself, but it’s just a story, folks. During the morning, the shadiest spot was right here in front of Birdi’s. Everyone who had been walking along the shops on the square stopped to hear Donald. It was great.

Later that afternoon, the sun went behind the trees, and Akbar found a better spot–

Akbar on the Square

Either Akbar (standing) or Curtis (sitting, in the red shirt) would start telling stories with about two people listening. By the end, everyone had gathered around.

Sure, the Decatur Book Festival is all about books. But even more so, it’s about telling stories. I’m glad we could take part. By the way, if you missed the festival, you can catch clips of our storytellers on the Wren’s Nest main page, just so we’re all up to speed.

More pictures are on the way, but in the mean time if you want to read more about the festival, check out Decatur Beth’s Cup of Coffey Blog or read about Tim’s experience at Baby Got Books.

5 Comments to Decatur Book Festival in Pictures, Part One

  1. Jodi says:

    Hey, you know what would be cool if we can afford it? If we got some special t-shirts or a hat or something for our Wrens Nest Ramblers to wear when they are rambling around the festival next year. That way we also get visual recognition for the Wrens Nest while they are telling their stories….They could even have their own WN Rambler logo on it…..

  2. John says:

    also strobe lights. lots and lots of strobe lights.

    and maybe a jumbotron. a very jumbo jumbotron.

    also, if you are able to tame the hawk, bring that, too.

  3. Scotty says:

    I assume this means you retrieved the camera?

    Looks like it was a kickin’ time on the Decatur square!

  4. […] Since Lain has given you a brief run-down of the first day of the festival, I’ll pick up with the early evening of Saturday, which was focused on our brand spanking new teen literary magazine, Soy Nut Butter. […]

  5. […] Lain and Amelia, over at The Wren’s Nest (the museum home of Joel Chandler Harris), wrote about and posted pictures from their festival experiences, which included storytelling and the launch of the teen literary magazine, Soy Nut Butter, that was created this summer through a partnership between The Wren’s Nest and the Decatur Book Festival. […]

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