Georgia Center for the Book

2022 Decatur Book Festival Keynote Event


Date and time

Fri, September 30, 2022
8:00 PM — 9:30 PM


First Baptist Church of Decatur
308 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
Join us for the 2022 Decatur Book Festival Keynote event to kick off the festival weekend. ALL TICKETS CLAIMED. PLEASE JOIN WAITLIST.

The 2022 Decatur Book Festival Presented by Emory University is a two-day program featuring a Keynote Event on Friday, September 30, 2022, and author events throughout the day on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The festival will be held in several venues at First Baptist Church Decatur. Tickets are free and open to the public but you must register on Eventbrite as seating is limited.



Indivials may to obtain a "walk-up" ticket the night of the event, should we have room after the ticketed guests are seated. There will be a special line for "Walk-up" guests. Please join the queue, and at 7:50 p.m. all unclaimed seats will be released to walk-up guests, BUT NOT EXCEEDING THE CAPACITY OF THE EVENT.

To register on the waitlist, please call or e-mail Joe Davich at 404-370-3070 X 2225 or Be sure to leave your name, phone number and number of tickets (LIMIT TWO PER REGISTRANT).

PLEASE NOTE: There are no physical tickets issued for this event, or pick-up locations for tickets. YOU MUST register on Eventbrite beginning at noon on August 29, 2022, to receive a digital ticket.

The 2022 Decatur Book Festival Keynote will be given by Pete Souza, author of The West Wing And Beyond: What I Saw Inside The Presidency. Souza will project rarely-seen photographs and tell stories from his new book. Following his presentation, Mr. Souza will take questions from the audience.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book to be picked up at the event at the "will call" table, please click the link: PURCHASE

Books may also be picked up after the event at A Cappella Books.

All books will have pre-signed bookplates. There will be NO SIGNING LINE at this event.

Video and Audio Recording, and Flash Photography are strictly prohibited.

To ensure a capacity crowd, the venue will be oversold. A free ticket does not guarantee a seat. Please arrive early to check in at the vaccination card stations, and then secure your seats before showtime. Unclaimed seats will be released 15 minutes before showtime. Should you bring a guest, it is the ticket-buyers' responsibility to make guests aware that Covid precautions dictate that a mask is proplerly worn at all times in the venue.

Festival Safety:

The Decatur Book Festival is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines and is working in alignment with the policies of the First Baptist Church Decatur. We are committed to a safe environment for all writers, attendees, vendors, and volunteers. We are taking the following steps for safety during the festival weekend:  

-Masks: Face masks must be worn properly over the nose and the mouth at all times on the entire church property, including outdoors.

-Social Distancing: Attendance indoors is capped at less than 50% of capacity, with alternating rows left vacant. 

In the event that either the CDC or the First Baptist Church of Decatur advises that in-person events be suspended because of a change in the COVID-19 situation, we will switch to virtual programming. All Eventbrite registrations will work for either the in-person or virtual program on the day of the festival. Those registered for in-person will receive a link to the online presentation.

About the Author:

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for the entire tenure of the presidency of Barack Obama. He is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Obama: An Intimate Portrait and Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents. At the keynote event he will discuss The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency. Souza was also an official White House photographer during the Reagan administration, a freelance photographer for Life and National Geographic, and the Washington-based national photographer for the Chicago Tribune. A documentary about his work in the White House, The Way I See It, was nominated for an Emmy, and its premiere was the highest-rated non-news, non-live program in MSNBC history.

About the book:

Meet the people inside the presidency and go behind the scenes of the West Wing—into the Oval Office and Situation Room, aboard Air Force One, and beyond—with #1 best-selling author and former presidential photographer Pete Souza.

Pete Souza has spent more time in the Oval Office than almost any person in history. During the Obama administration alone, Souza was inside the presidential bubble for more than 25,000 hours and made nearly 2 million photographs. The result is an unprecedented view of how our democracy really works.

Now Souza invites you into the inner sanctum of the American presidency, sharing rarely seen photographs and untold stories of life and work in the White House and traveling with the President around the world.

The West Wing and Beyond takes you behind the scenes of consequential moments and traditions with the people who define our nation’s highest office—from the senior White House staff to the Oval Office valets. It delivers new insights into the role of the Secret Service, the seriousness of decisive meetings in the West Wing, and even some fun moments aboard Air Force One.

Brimming with gorgeous photographs paired with fascinating storytelling, The West Wing and Beyond offers a one-of-a-kind look into the personalities, intrigues, and fascinating details that comprise the modern presidency. It is an essential book for every citizen who believes in American democracy.

Date and time

Fri, September 30, 2022
8:00 PM — 9:30 PM


First Baptist Church of Decatur
308 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

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