has announced a list of 25 Books All Georgians Should Read.which featuresthree Pulitzer Prize-winners (James Alan McPherson, Taylor Branch, and Douglas Blackmon) and four first-time authors (Amanda Gable, Lauretta Hannon, Deirdre OConnell, and Jessica Handler). The new batch adds to the Center's center's previous Top 25 lists announced in 2002, 2005 and 2008. This isn't exactly one of those "Before You Die" lists, but does provide a total of 100 suggestions if you want to support local authors with your summer reading. According to the press release:
William W. Starr, executive director of the Center for the Book, hosted by the DeKalb County Public Library, said the selection and promotion of the list is a significant way for us to recognize the extraordinary literary talent we have in this state, and it enables us to connect these writers with readers in all parts of Georgia in meaningful ways over the next three years. Starr said authors on the list will be ambassadors for the states literature and provided opportunities to talk about their work at free programs in public libraries and schools in all areas of Georgia. In addition, their books will be given special marketing efforts on the Internet.
The complete list follows after the jump.
James Braziel, Snakeskin Road, a novel shortlisted for the Townsend Award for Fiction and the British Fantasy award, is the authors second novel after Birmingham 35 Miles. Braziel grew up in Pitts and teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati.
Jeff Fields, A Cry of Angels, a novel. Fields was born in Toombs County and grew up in Elberton, now lives in Atlanta.
John Holman, Luminous Mysteries: A Novel. Holman teaches fiction writing at Georgia State University and is the author of a short story collection, Squabble and Other Stories.
Mary Hood, How Far She Went, a story collection that won the Flannery OConnor Award for Short Fiction. Born in Brunswick and now living near Commerce, she is the author of And Venus is Blue and Familiar Heat.
Amanda Gable, The Confederate General Rides North, a first novel shortlisted for the Townsend Award for Fiction. Gable is a native of Marietta now living in Decatur.
Anthony Grooms, Bombingham, a novel. Winner of the Lillian Smith Award for Fiction. Grooms is professor of English at Kennesaw State University and the author of Trouble No More: Stories and a poetry collection, Ice Poems.
Joshilyn Jackson, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, a novel shortlisted for the Townsend Award for Fiction. Jackson, who lives in Atlanta, is the author of several novels including Gods in Alabama and Between Georgia.
James Alan McPherson, Hue and Cry: Stories. McPherson, born in Savannah and now teaching at the University of Iowa, was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his collection Elbow Room.
Jack Riggs, When the Finch Rises, a novel. Riggs is writer-in-residence at Georgia Perimeter College and the author of a second novel, The Firemans Wife.
Bailey White, Nothing with Strings: NPRs Beloved Holiday Stories, shortlisted for the Townsend Award for fiction. White, a native of Thomasville who still lives there, has been a popular commentator for NPR and is the author of Quite a Year for Plums and Sleeping at the Starlite Hotel.
Philip Lee Williams, The Heart of a Distant Forest, a novel which won the Townsend Award for Fiction. Born in Madison and recently inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, Williams is the author of many books including The Campfire Boys, Reflections from First Light and A Distant Flame.
Coleman Barks, Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2008. Barks, a renowned and prize-winning poet, taught at UGA for more than three decades and lives in Athens. His books include The Hand of Poetry and The Essential Rumi.
Thomas Lux, New and Selected Poems, 1975-1995. Lux holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech and directs their poetry program. He also is the prize-winning author of many collections including Split Horizon and The Cradle Place.
Memye Curtis Tucker, The Watchers. Tucker is a senior editor for Atlanta Review and the prize-winning author of several chapbooks including Admit One and Storm Line.
Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name: The Re-enslavement of black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Blackmon is a writer for the Wall Street Journal based in Atlanta.
Roy Blount, Jr., Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South. Blount, who grew up in Decatur, is the award-winning author of many books including Be Sweet, First Hubby, Alphabet Juice and Roy Blounts Book of Southern Humor.
Taylor Branch, At Canaans Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68. Branch, born in Atlanta, won the Pulitzer Prize for Parting the Waters, the first volume in his America in the King Years trilogy. He also is the editor of The Clinton Tapes.
Max Cleland, The Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove. Cleland is a decorated U.S. war veteran, a former U.S. Senator from Georgia and the author of Strong at the Broken Places.
Jessica Handler, Invisible Sisters: A Memoir, a first book. Handler lives in Atlanta and has received several major writing fellowships that led to the writing of her memoir.
Lauretta Hannon, The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life, a first book. Hannon lives in Atlanta and has been a commentator on NPRs All Things Considered.
Paul Hemphill, Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams. Hemphill, a long-time Atlantan who died in 2009, was the prize-winning author of many books including The Nashville Sound, Leaving Birmingham, and King of the Road.
Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy. Mayes, born in Fitzgerald, is a poet and novelist and memoirist whose books include Bella Tuscany and Swan, a novel set in Georgia.
Deirdre OConnell, The Ballad of Blind Tom, a first book. OConnell lives in Australia but spent considerable time in Georgia writing about the 19th century Georgia slave who was a blind musical genius.
Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. Taylor, A former Episcopal priest in Atlanta, now teaches at Piedmont College and lives in Northeast Georgia. She is the author of Leaving Church.
Virginia Willis, Bon Appetit, YAll: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking. Willis is an Atlantan who is the former Kitchen Director for Martha Stewart Living Television.
Previous lists of 25 Books have included including Flannery OConnor, Alice Walker, Margaret Mitchell, Terry Kay, Carson McCullers, David Bottoms, Melissa Fay Greene, Ferrol Sams, W.E.B. DuBois, Harry Crews, Celestine Sibley, James Dickey, Tina McElroy Ansa, Alfred Uhry, Joel Chandler Harris, Janisse Ray, Pat Conroy, Jimmy Carter, and Judson Mitcham.
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