Faculty Authors at Decatur Book Festival


A record 25 Emory faculty authors are part of the 2019 AJC-Decatur Book Festival Program this coming Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 1. 

In addition to the authors who will speak and read from their books as part of the festival program, Emory faculty and staff will serve as part of panels and presentations. Please watch this space for additional information as it becomes available.

Book signing schedule at the CFDE Table in the Emory Tent

Corner of Clairemont and West Ponce, in front of the Old Dekalb County Courthouse


  • 11 am – John Banja, Professor, Center for Ethics, Patient Safety Ethics: How Vigilance, Mindfulness, Compliance, and Humility Can Make Healthcare Safer
  • Noon – David Gowler, Pierce Professor of Religion, Sermons on the Parables, by Howard Thurman
  • 1:00 pm – Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Political Science, The Millionaire was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr
  • 1:30 pm – Lisa Dillman, Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Translator, Such Small Hands, by Andrés Barba
  • 2:00 pm – Vanessa Siddle Walker, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American and Educational Studies, The Lost Education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools, Lillian Smith Award Winner
  • 3:00 pm – Gary Hauk, University Historian, Emory as Place: Meaning in a University Landscape
  • 3:30 pm – Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
  • 4:00 pm – Christine Ristaino, Senior Lecturer in Italian, All the Silent Spaces: A Memoir
  • 4:30 pm – Carl Suddler, Assistant Professor of History, Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York


  • Noon – Deboleena Roy, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Molecular Feminisms: Biology, Becomings, and Life in the Lab
  • Melvin Konner, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology, Believers: Faith in Human Nature
  • 1:00 pm – Jericho Brown, Winship Research Professor in Creative Writing, The Tradition
  • Rkia Elaroui Cornell, Professor of Pedagogy in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Rabi‘a from Narrative to Myth: The Many Faces of Islam's Most Famous Woman Saint, Rabi‘a al-‘Adawiyya
  • 2:00 pm  – Mandy Suhr-Systma, Lecturer in English, Self-Determined Stories: The Indigenous Reinvention of Young Adult Literature 
  • Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Race and the Obama Administration: Substance, Symbols and Hope
  • 3:00 pm – Nichole R. Phillips, Associate Professor in the Practice of Sociology of Religion and Culture, Patriotism Black and White: The Color of American Exceptionalism
  • Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor of American History, Atticus Finch: The Biography—Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of an American Icon
  • 4:00 pm – Laura Otis, Professor of English, Banned Emotions: How Metaphors Can Shape What People Feel

And look for these additional Emory presenters

  • Frans de Waal, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves
  • Robyn Fivush, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology    
  • Hank Klibanoff, Professor of Practice, English and Creative Writing, Buried Truths Podcast, Peabody Award Winner
  • Dianne Stewart, Associate Professor, Religion and African American Studies
  • Elizabeth Bounds, Associate Professor, Christian ethics
  • Letitia Campbell, Assistant Professor, Practice of Ethics and Society; Director, contextual education I and clinical pastoral education; Senior Program Coordinator, Laney Legacy Program in Moral Leadership
  • Paul Root Wolpe, Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics; Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Sociology; Director, Center for Ethics

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