Announcing the 2015 lists of “Books All Georgians Should Read”

July 14, 2015 (Decatur) — The Georgia Center for the Book has selected the works of 24 prize-winning authors and illustrators with Georgia connections for the 2015 lists of the “Books All Georgians Should Read” and the “Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” The authors and illustrators will be honored on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at a private event at The Square Pub in downtown Decatur. A free, public event is scheduled for later that evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore Street in downtown Decatur, to allow readers to meet the recipients.


The lists are compiled annually from nominations received throughout the year by the writers, educators, librarians, and media representatives who comprise the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council. In 2013 the Advisory Council voted to make the compilation of these lists an annual event. The ceremony this year will mark the sixth edition of the “Books All Georgians Should Read” and the third of the “Books All Young Georgians Should Read.”


“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 right here in Georgia. They give us the opportunity to inform readers across our state about the diverse body of work  being produced that celebrates Georgia’s literary heritage so well,” said Davich.


“We are extremely proud of the 2015 lists,” he continued. “They are valuable assets for parents, teachers, librarians, and readers of all ages across the state. We believe these lists can help guide readers to some of the finest writing available.”


The new list of “Books All Georgians Should Read” includes four works of fiction, four of non-fiction, and two collections of poetry. The list of “Books All Young Georgians Should Read” includes three picture books, 2 books for middle school readers; four books for young adults, and one graphic novel. Both 2015 lists are the result of months of discussions by the Advisory Council, which considered over 100 books by Georgians or about Georgia.


2015 Books All Georgians Should Read


  • A Clear View of the Southern Sky: Stories by Mary Hood
  • A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor, edited by W.A. Sessions
  • Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
  • Suffer & Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907 by Carolyn Newton Curry
  • Blood Ties & Brown Liquor by Sean Hill
  • The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts by Tiya Miles
  • Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
  • The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume V: Georgia, edited by William Wright
  • Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island by Will Harlan
  • Those Bones Are Not My Child by Toni Cade Bambara


2015 Books All Young Georgians Should Read


  • I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison
  • Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham
  • Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe: Class Pets by Susan Nees
  • Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy by Deborah Wiles
  • Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
  • A Bird on Water Street by Elizabeth Dulemba
  • Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy
  • All Those Broken Angels by Peter Adam Salomon
  • March: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

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