Author Talks about Embracing Autism at the AJC Decatur Book Festival 2017
Online PR News – 02-September-2017 – Atlanta, GA – Jane Callaghan author of the biography Embracing Autism: A Mother and Son Journey 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.
Jane Callaghan was raised in a large, loving family in Auckland, New Zealand. Her affection for children led her to train as a child nurse. She voyaged overseas to fulfill her desire for travel, and when she returned to New Zealand she retrained as a secretary and worked in many areas including Office Administration and Sales. After marriage in 1999, she moved to Christchurch with her husband and they purchased a business. With the arrival of the children, Alexandra then, soon after, Frazer and Frazer's diagnosis of autism, Jane retrained as a teacher's aide in special needs so she could continue to work and also be there for the children. Her desire to write and her unique story led her to writing Embracing Autism: A Mother and Son Journey, a book that accounts a mother and son’s story from their first indication of autism and the slowly dawning realization of what might be the future. This book contains topics on early intervention, school challenges, friends, sports, earthquakes, relocating, divorce and entering into Frazer’s “tweens”. This book serves as a guide for all parents who are going through the same journey, an encouragement on the given fact that a life having a child with autism is not hopeless at all – it also envelops funny, quirky and hopeful side of autism as seen by a mother who wishes only the best for her son. Callaghan puts an emphasis on understanding the condition, that even if it does not have a cure, there is management and above all, there is love.
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 Callaghan and her book, Embracing Autism: A Mother and Son Journey. 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, Jane Callaghan’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 what Tom Bell expressed: "That's what the festival does best."
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