The co-chairs of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Book Festival recently announced that two best-selling authors will kick off the 21st annual event.

James Patterson will speak on Oct. 14, followed by R.L. Stein on Oct. 15, as a “prologue” to the November festival.

Co-chair Sherie Gumer said she thinks Patterson, the prolific author known best for the Alex Cross thriller series, will help bring in a younger audience with his new novel for teens.

“We hope young middle schoolers or teenagers will come with their parents so it’s something they can do together,” Gumer said.

R.L. Stine is best known for his series of scary stories for kids, called “Goosebumps.” But he has written his first adult horror novel.

“Anyone in their 20s and 30s grew up with him,” Co-chair Ina Enoch said. “This is his first adult horror novel. It’s very cool we’re getting him in his first foray into adult literature.”

The Marcus center’s book festival is one of the largest in the country. This year’s festival will run from Nov. 1-18 and include 55 authors, from local writers to celebrities.

 

WHAT: James Patterson presents two of his newest releases: “Zoo” for adults and “Confessions of a Murder Suspect” for middle school-age readers.

WHEN: 3 p.m., Oct. 14

COST: $24 for non-members, $17 for members, $5 for children 18 and under, $50 for premier seating.

 

WHAT: R.L. Stine presents his first adult horror novel, “Red Rain.”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15

COST: $18 for non-members, $13 for members, $5 for children 18 and under.

Both presentations take place at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, 30338

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