How to get free tickets to AJC Decatur Book Fest keynote

Seats at the AJC Decatur Book Fest’s keynote speech, which kicks off the festival Friday, Sept. 1, are a coveted commodity.

Tickets to the speech are free, but the trick is getting them.

Here’s how to do it.

Tickets to the keynote and “Kidnote” addresses will be released to the public starting noon on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Tickets are required, but free, and for the keynote speech are limited to two per person. Attendees may pick up tickets by visiting the Arts at Emory Box Office at 1700 North Decatur Road, Suite 251. Box office hours are 12-6 p.m., Monday to Friday. You can also call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050, or go online at Phone and online orders include a $4 processing fee.

A limited number of keynote tickets will also be available starting at noon, Aug. 8, at A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Books, Tall Tales Books and Little Shop of Stories.

Henry winkler, actor and children’s book author, will be part of the “Kidnote” address on Friday, Sept. 1, at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. file photo (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The keynote speech this year is headlined by a panel of journalists including National Public Radio host Brooke Gladstone along with Carolyn Ryan, an editor with the New York Times, and Wesley Lowery, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter from The Washington Post.

The “Kidnote” speech at the AJC Decatur Book Festival will feature television and film actor Henry Winkler, best known as “The Fonz” in “Happy Days.”

Winkler and his co-author Lin Oliver write the “Hank Zipzer” and “Here’s Hank” book series for young readers. Winkler’s event will be at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1, at Decatur High School’s Performing Arts Center, 310 North McDonough Street.

Kidnote tickets are also free to the public but are limited to four per person. Those tickets also will be released at noon on Tuesday, August 8, at A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Books and Little Shop of Stories.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) is the largest independent book festival in the country. Over Labor Day weekend tens of thousands of visitors will attend readings, book signings, panel discussions, food demonstrations and more.

For more information go to,“like” Decatur Book Festival on Facebook or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter.

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