Columbia Seminary to Highlight Faculty and Alumnae at AJC Decatur Book Festival

Columbia Seminary to Highlight Faculty and Alumnae at AJC Decatur Book Festival

August 11, 2019—The AJC Decatur Book Festival, which takes place Labor Day weekend, is one of the largest independent book festivals in the country. The AJC Decatur Book Festival encourages a love of the written and spoken word by engaging a diverse community of readers, writers, and creative spirits. This year it will take place the weekend of August 30-September 1, 2019 in Downtown Decatur.

This year among the world-class authors and book lovers, there will be six sessions featuring faculty, alumnae, and others connected with Columbia Theological Seminary:


Alumna April Love-Fordham will be in dialogue over two sessions with fellow authors David Gowler, Kipton Jensen in a session titled, “Reflecting on Howard Thurman and St. Francis.” Her book is titled St. Francis and the Christian Life (Wipf and Stock Publishers).

Saturday, August 31 at 10:00 am

Sunday, September 1 at 3:45 pm

First Baptist Decatur Carreker Hall presented by Mailchimp


Professor Emeritus Erskine Clarke will be interviewed by Dr. Justo Gonzalez about his new book, To Count Our Days: A History of Columbia Theological Seminary (USC Press).

Saturday, August 31 at 11:15 am

Marriott Conference Center C


Former professor Barbara Brown Taylor will talk about her new book Holy Envy (Harper Collins) alongside Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy.

Sunday, September 1 at 12:00 pm

First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary presented by AJC


Alumna Connie Tuttle will be part of the Atlanta Writers Club Memoir session with Bernard Lee Jr., Danzella Watts, Robin Conte. Her book is titled A Gracious Heresy (Wipf and Stock Publishers).

Sunday, September 1 at 1:15 pm

Marriott Conference Center Auditorium


Recent visiting professor Frans de Waal will talk about his recent book Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves (Granta).

Sunday, September 1 at 5:00 pm

First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary presented by AJC


Additionally, there will be opportunities to celebrate and enjoy all things literary – book signings, author readings, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more. The full schedule and locations may be found at

Columbia Seminary will also host Exhibit Booth 207, where information may be found about the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Exhibit coming to the Seminary’s John Bulow Campbell Library this fall, the Center for Lifelong Learning, and other information about Columbia Seminary.

Columbia Theological Seminary “exists to educate and nurture faithful, imaginative, and effective leaders for the sake of the Church and the world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry, leadership development, and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia Seminary offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit

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