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2017 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony
August 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
— For the eighth time, the Georgia Center for the Book (GCB) selected the works of prize-winning authors and illustrators with Georgia connections for the 2017 lists of the “Books All Georgians Should Read” and “Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” The authors and illustrators will be honored on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at a free, public event at 7:30 p.m. in the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore Street in downtown Decatur.
“For the Georgia Center for the Book, the ‘Books All Georgians Should Read’ and the ‘Books All Young Georgians Should Read’ lists are a wonderful way to honor the extraordinary talent we have here in Georgia. The lists give us the opportunity to inform readers across our state about the contributions to Georgia’s literary heritage, and a platform to celebrate the diverse body of work produced by Georgians,” said Joe Davich, Executive Director of the GCB.
“We are extremely proud of the 2017 lists,” he continued. “They are valuable assets for parents, teachers, librarians, and readers of all ages across our state. We believe these lists can help guide readers to some of the finest writing in Georgia.”
“Georgia and Georgia’s literary landscape are more diverse than ever before. These lists express our diversity and individuality, but at the same time show we all are connected to a place. The settings, characters and stories in these books are different, but the universal message is the same. Georgians will easily find themselves at home among these pages.”
The new list of “Books All Georgians Should Read” includes three works of fiction, four of non-fiction, a cookbook, and two collection of poetry. The list of “Books All Young Georgians Should Read” includes three picture books, one Early Reader Book, one book for middle school readers, three books for young adults and two graphic novels. Both 2017 lists are the result of months of discussions by the Advisory Council, which considered over 80 books by Georgians, or about Georgia.
2017 Books All Georgians Should Read
• Lisa Hodgens, editor—A Lillian Smith Reader (University of Georgia Press)
• Jonathan Rabb—Among the Living: A Novel (Other Press)
• Patrick Phillips—Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America (W.W. Norton & Company)
• Ted Geltner—Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews (University of Georgia Press)
• Thomas Mullen–Darktown: A Novel (Simon & Schuster)
• Theresa Davis—Drowned: A Mermaid’s Manifesto (Sibling Rivalry Press)
• Judson Mitcham; Michael David Murphy; Karen L. Paty—Inspired Georgia (University of Georgia Press)
• Asha Gomez—My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen (Running Press)
• Taylor Brown—A River of Kings: A Novel (St. Martin’s Press)
• Melissa Fay Greene—The Underdogs (Harper Collins)
2017 Books All Young Georgians Should Read
• Tonya Bolden—Crossing Ebenezer Creek (Bloomsbury Publishing)
• Eleanor Davis; Drew Weing—Flop to the Top (Toon Books)
• Jaye Robin Brown—Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit (Harper Collins)
• Steve Nedvidek; Ed Crowell; Jack Lowe; J. Moses Nester, Illustrator; S.J. Miller, Illustrator—The Jekyll Island Chronicles, Volume 1: A Machine Age War (Top Shelf Productions)
• Rep. John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell—March, Volume 3 (Top Shelf Productions)
• Laurel Snyder—Orphan Island (Harper Collins)
• Thomas Gonzalez, Illustrator—Seven and a half Tons of Steel (Peachtree Publishers)
• Acree Graham Macam; Natalie Nelson, Illustrator—The King of Birds (Groundwood Books)
• Marie Marquardt—The Radius of Us (St. Martin’s Press)
• Carmen Agra Deedy—The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet (Scholastic)