Faculty Authors; Author Jose-Luis Orozco Appear at Decatur Book Festival

Friday, August 31, 2012

The AJC Decatur Book Festival begins Aug. 31 and runs in and around the downtown Decatur Square through Sept. 2. Nine Agnes Scott College faculty members will appear and sign books at the festival on Sept. 1 and the college will host the festival’s “Kidnote” speaker, Jose-Luis Orozco, on Aug. 31.

Orozco, a children’s author, songwriter, performer and recording artist, will speak at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall. Orozco dedicates himself to what he truly enjoys—singing for children. He has built a successful career as a children’s author, songwriter, performer and recording artist. He has recorded 13 volumes of Lírica Infantil: Latin American Children’s Music, and written three successful, award winning books, De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children, Diez Deditos—Ten Little Fingers and Fiestas. His latest book Rin, Rin, Rin…Do, Re, Mi, richly illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner, David Diaz, shows how everyday family activities such as cooking, singing, reading and storytelling foster essential early literacy skills.

Agnes Scott will have a booth just off Ponce de Leon in front of the Courthouse. All faculty authors will be appearing at the Agnes Scott booth on Sept. 1 except for Amber Dermont, the Charles Loridans associate professor of English and creative writing, who will be appearing at the Decatur Library.

11 a.m.

 Peggy Thompson: Coyness and Crime in Restoration Comedy: Women’s Desire, Deception, and Agency

Chris DePree: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astronomy

 12 p.m.

Eileen Cooley: Why Do My Feet Say YES When My Head Says NO?

Beth Hackett: Theorizing Feminisms: A Reader

 1 p.m.

Rafa Ocasio: A Gay Cuban Activist in Exile: Reinaldo Arenas

2 p.m.

Jim Diedrick: Depth of Field: Stanley Kubrick, Film, and the Uses of History

Waqas Khwaja: Modern Poetry of Pakistan and No One Waits for the Train

3 p.m.

Abraham Zablocki: TransBuddhism: Transmission, Translation, and Transformation

5:30 p.m.

Amber Dermont: The Starboard Sea: A Novel


Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.