Decatur, GA – Presented by Emory University and the Georgia Center for the Book, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival announced in a press release that the popular virtual author series Joshilyn Jackson Reads will return for a second year in 2021.

Joshilyn Jackson Reads starts on May 4, 2021. The virtual series of nine panel discussions features some of the most anticipated novels of 2021 and runs through June 29, 2021. For this year’s event, Atlanta-based writer and journalist Nicki Salcedo Will Jackson join as a co-host.

“Last year, Joshilyn Jackson Reads proved to be an incredibly popular virtual event,” said Joy Pope, interim director of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival. “We are delighted to have Joshilyn and Nicki Salcedo again this year for a lively and stimulating discussion of some of the best books of 2021.”

The panels and data can be found below. To register for the virtual author series, visit

May 4: Birmingham-based author Gin Phillips to speak with Joshilyn Jackson about Phillips’ novel Family Law. Set in Alabama in the 1980s, the novel is a new take on the pursuit of women’s rights.

May 11: Molly Greeley, writer of The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne De Bourgh, and Vanessa Riley, writer of An Earl, the Girl and a Toddler, will speak to Nicki Salcedo. Riley’s book is an O magazine “Most Anticipated Romance of 2021” and Publishers Weekly “Top 10 Romance of Spring 2021”.

May 18: A highly anticipated chat with the popular politician, lawyer, suffrage activist and author of the upcoming legal thriller While Justice Sleeps. The book has been compared to the bestselling The Pelican Brief by Scott Turow, the New York Times bestselling author.

May 25th: This panel, moderated by Joshilyn Jackson, arrives on time for the unofficial start of summer. The interview features the New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of the Beach Reads” Mary Kay Andrews (The Newcomer) and Rochelle Alers (The Beach House).

June 1: In this conversation, the authors Andromeda Romano-Lax (Annie and the Wolves), Nancy Johnson (The Friendliest Lie) and Ilona Bannister (When I ran away) are introduced in a panel moderated by Nicki Salcedo. The three books cover wide-ranging subjects such as vengeance, race, class, identity, and the pursuit of the American dream.

June 8: A panel moderated by Nicki Salcedo with the author Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne, an epic feminist retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur from the point of view of Ariadne and her sister Phaedra, Claire Andrews’ daughter of Sparta, an exciting reinterpretation of the ancient Greek mythology and The Witch’s Heart, a bestselling debut novel by Genevieve Gornichec that reinterprets Norse mythology.

June 15: A panel discussion with Nebula, Locus and Alex Prize winner P. Djèlí Clark, who returns to his popular Cairo alternative universe in The Master of Djinn, and Nghi Vos The Chosen and the Beautiful, which is described as the American immigration story it always should have been Gatsby. The series is moderated by Nicki Salcedo.

June 22: Hosted by Nicki Salcedo, this panel features Kelly Quindlen’s queer young adult romcom She Drives me Crazy and Angeline Boulley’s Firekeeper’s Daughter, a groundbreaking young adult thriller about a local teenager caught between worlds and hidden, to eradicate crime and corruption threaten their community. The firefighter’s daughter is Reese Witherspoon’s springtime pick for young adults.

June 29th: In a panel moderated by Joshilyn Jackson, authors Kirstin Valdez Quade and Kaitlyn Greenidge discuss their respective books The Five Wounds, which Oprah Magazine, The Week, The Millions and Electric call one of the “most anticipated books of 2021 “Named Lit and Libertie as” one of the most anticipated books of 2021 “by O, Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, The Millions, Refinery29, Garden & Gun, Publishers Lunch BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, BookPage, Harper’s Bazaar, Ms. Goodreads and more.

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