If you're friends with me in real life, I'm sure you've heard me talk about how excited I am for the Decatur Book Festival in September. A whole bunch of Nesties will be there, both Nestie besties that I already see regularly and some I've yet to meet! I absolutely cannot wait for September 2-4. The highly anticipated (at least by me) list of authors was released and it is amazing! There are going to be so many awesome authors and illustrators. To keep up the excitement and spread the word, I'm going to start a series of DBF Highlights up until the Festival. Once or twice a week I'll feature an author who will be there and that author's books. Once the actual schedule is posted, I'll also feature some of the events and maybe even tell you a few of my favorite spots to check out on your downtime within walking distance.
Since this is my first post, I want to feature the organizer of DBF, who is also an amazing author and a really nice person (I got to meet her a few weekends ago at the Little Shop of Stories signing). Terra Elan McVoy not only devotes a huge amount of time to the planning and organization of DBF, she also writes amazing YA books and is a major YA advocate. Last year at DBF I picked up a signed copy of her book After the Kiss. This year she'll be promoting and hopefully signing copies of her newest book The Summer of Firsts and Lasts. If you like YA, she's an author you need to check out, regardless of whether or not you'll be at DBF.