Ten departments across Emory University which share an interest in literature and the arts join forces to be a major sponsor of the 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival. Joyce Carol Oates, one of America’s great literary icons, will deliver the keynote address for the Festival. Her biographer and Atlanta resident, Dr. Greg Johnson, will join her for an onstage conversation.Tickets are limited and will be available beginning Tuesday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m.
The event will mark the launch of her new short story collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories. The new collection has been described as “insightful, disturbing, and breathtaking in its lyrical precision.”
Best known for her fiction, Oates’ novels include Blonde, a bold reimagining of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe, and We Were the Mulvaneys, which follows the disintegration of an American family in the late 20th Century. Since 1963, forty of Oates’ works have been included in the New York Times annual list of notable books. In 2010, reflecting the widespread esteem in which her work is held, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.