The Georgia Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The Center, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018, was chartered with the DeKalb County Public Library serving as its host and sponsor. The Center’s mission is the support of libraries, literacy, literary programs and literature-particularly Georgia’s rich literary heritage. In 2007, the Center received the prestigious Boorstein Award from the Center for the Book in Washington in recognition of its innovative literary programming and literacy efforts.
The Center partners with many statewide organizations including the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the University of Georgia Press, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Agnes Scott College, Emory University, the Writers Institute at Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Humanities Council, Georgia Project WET at the Department of Natural Resources, DeKalb History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House and many others.
The Georgia Center for the Book has become the largest non-profit literary presenting organization in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation. Since 2006, the GCB completed 1,466 events including lectures and book signings, film screening, etc…hosting 113, 832 attendees. The Center helped create the AJC Decatur Book Festival which draws 60,000 people to the Decatur, GA every Labor Day weekend, and sponsors and plans the Georgia Literary Festival; held in a different Georgia city each Fall.