If you’re of a certain age, when you look at a really big plate of spaghetti, you might be reminded of Strega Nona.
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AUTHORS FOR KIDS, TEENS
Romance, urban fantasy, good witches and of course zombies.
And that’s just in the kids tract of The Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival this year.
The festival has long had strong programming for children, particularly for teen readers as the young adult literature has exploded in the past few years. This year offers more as well as plenty for the picture book set. For more information on all events: www.decaturbookfestival.com.
Tomie de Paola gives Kidnote address, which involves a Q&A. 5 p.m. Friday. Free (though tickets are required for entry). Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur.
Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott medalist and Coretta Scott King Award winner for his illustrations of children’s books, will discuss his luminous work, which also will be the focus of an exhibition at the High Museum this fall. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. AJC/DBF Children’s Stage, downtown Decatur.
Rick Yancey, author of “The 5th Wave,” the first installment of a post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller. 11 a.m. Saturday, free, AJC/DBF Teen Stage, downtown Decatur.
Francesca Lia Block, author of “Love in the Time of Global Warming,” in an interview with fellow young adult author Vicky Alvear Shecter. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. AJC/DBF Teen Stage, downtown Decatur.
David Levithan, author of “Two Boys Kissing,” a coming-out and coming-of-age story about two boys trying to break the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss. 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. AJC/DBF Teen Stage, downtown Decatur.
Terra Elan McVoy, author of “Criminal,” Sara Shepard, creator of the “Pretty Little Liars” series, and Caprice Crane, author of “Confessions of a Hater,” talk about the difficulties and tensions of young relationships in a panel called “When Good Girls Go Bad.” 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. AJC/DBF Teen Stage, downtown Decatur.