Author Takes Shadows Along the Zambezi at the AJC Decatur Book Festival 2017
Online PR News – 14-August-2017 – Atlanta, GA – From 1 to 3 September 2017, Diana M. Hawkins, author of the novel Shadows along the Zambezi will be joining this year's AJC Decatur Book Festival, a community-based, non-profit event and largest independent festival in the country. Being renowned as one of the five largest festivals in the country, DBF continues to gather world-class authors as well as hundreds of thousands of festival-goers to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parade, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and others. These activities will be happening in and around the historic downtown Decatur square.
"We always knew Atlanta had a thriving writing and book community, but it needed a centerpiece to bring all the parts together", Tom Bell points out as he recalls the history of DBF. It was when Daren Wang hatched a hare-brained idea to establish a festival celebrating the spoken/written word that brought the other dreamers and believers together. Tom Bell — founding program director, Linda Harris, Richard Lenz, Alice Murray, Bill Starr and Judy Turner then began brewing the magic.
The DBF got rave reviews shortly after 18 months of hard work and dedication in volunteering full-time, until its commencement over Labor Day weekend back in 2006, which was attended by over 100 authors and 50, 000 people. The success of the event was contributed by the combination of supportive local businesses and restaurants, eager and able volunteers, and the ability to walk easily from venue to venue.
Diana M. Hawkins, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, is a published author whose works include short stories, a children's book, a novel and its sequel soon to be released. She grew up in Zimbabwe and moved to the United States where she attended college and became a journalist and an environmental writer. Shadows along the Zambezi is her debut novel. This is a heartwarming piece that focuses on the attempt to save Zimbabwe's endangered elephants. The story begins when Jessica, an American wildlife biologist, sets out to conduct a scientific study of Zimbabwe's elephants. She studies the herds that roam the eastern Zambezi Valley, and witnesses many of the threats that these animals are facing including habitat encroachment, floods, droughts, poaching and government mismanagement. A twist comes for Jessica as she unknowingly discovers love when she and dispossessed Zimbabwe farmer, Piet van Rooyen, dare to do extraordinary things along Zambezi.
BookBlastPro will represent the author at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. The festival-goers and other authors will have the opportunity of getting first-hand information about Hawkins and her romantic-suspense novel, Shadows along the Zambezi. They will also get bookmarks and an opportunity of photo documentation, which will be released after the event. The book selling will be announced at the event.
AJC Decatur Book Festival — Bookzilla, Diana M. Hawkins's book and the rest of the fun activities will make this event a literary powerhouse that will delight the attendees and will make this annual event a huge success, as Tom Bell assured everyone, he said: "That's what the festival does best."