Georgia Authors

The Georgia Center for the
Book (GCB) has selected the works of 24 prize-winning authors and illustrators with Georgia connections for the 2016 list of the “Books All Georgians Should Read.”

The list is compiled annually from nominations received throughout the year by the writers, educators, librarians, media representatives and individuals who comprise the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council. In 2013, the Advisory Council voted to make the compilation of the list an annual event.

“For the Georgia Center for the Book, the ‘Books All Georgians Should Read’ list is a wonderful way to honor the extraordinary talent we have right here in Georgia,” said Joe Davich, executive director of GCB. “The list gives us the opportunity to inform readers across our state about the diverse body of work produced by Georgians, and a platform to celebrate Georgia’s literary heritage.”

The new list of “Books All Georgians Should Read” includes three works of fiction, six of non-fiction and a collection of poetry. ■

2016 Books All Georgians Should Read

► Jim Auchmutey – The Class Of ‘65: A Student, A Divided Town, And The Long Road To Forgiveness (Public Affairs Books)
► Taylor Brown – Fallen Land: A Novel (St. Martin’s Press)
► Ashley Callahan – Southern Tufts: The Regional Origins And National Craze For Chenille Fashion (University of Georgia Press)
► Lynn Cullen – Twain’s End: A Novel (Gallery Books)
► Sandra D. Deal, Jennifer W. Dickey and Catherine M. Lewis – Memories Of The Mansion: The Story Of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion (University of Georgia Press)
► Ryan Gravel – Where We Want To Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure For A New Generation of Cities (St. Martin’s Press)
► Jim Grimsley – How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning The Racist Lessons Of A Southern Childhood (Algonquin Books)
► Charles Leerhsen – Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty (Simon & Schuster)
► Brian Panowich – Bull Mountain: A Novel (G.P. Putnam & Sons)
► Kevin Young – Blue Laws: Selected And Uncollected Poems, 1995–2015 (Knopf)

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.