2015 All Georgians Should Read

Awards Ceremony
Thursday, August 13, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Decatur Library Auditorium

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August 2015

William J. Morton, August 3, 2015

Andrew Ellicott: The Stargazer Who Defined America. is the never-before-told story of the survey of the first southern boundary between the United States and Spain. President Washington sent Andrew Ellicott, the most famous astronomer-surveyor in the new nation, to take a team to measure and mark the 31st latitude as the boundary line from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean. Ellicott’s efforts could arguably be said to have stopped Spain’s dominance of the entire...

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Frye Gailliard, August 5, 2015

On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, award-winning author Frye Gaillard reflects on the war -- and the way we remember it -- through the lens of letters written by his family, including great-great grandfather, Thomas Gaillard, and Thomas’s sons, Franklin and Richebourg, both of whom were Confederate officers. As Frye Gaillard explains in his deeply felt introductory essay, he came of age in a Southern generation that viewed the war as a glorious...

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Tiyi M. Morris, August 6, 2015

In Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi, Tiyi M. Morris provides the first comprehensive examination of the Jackson, Mississippi–based women’s organization Womanpower Unlimited. Founded in 1961 by Clarie Collins Harvey, the organization was created initially to provide aid to the Freedom Riders who were unjustly arrested and then tortured in Mississippi jails. Womanpower Unlimited expanded its activism to include programs such as voter registration drives, youth education, and participation in Women Strike...

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Monte Burke, August 10, 2015

As the head coach of the University of Alabama’s football team, Nick Saban is perhaps the most influential—and controversial—man in the sport. Unpredictable in his professional loyalties, uncompromising in his vision, and unyielding in his pursuit of perfection, the highest-paid coach in college football has changed the face of the game. His program-building vision has delivered packed stadiums, rabid fans, legions of detractors, countless NFL draft picks, and a total of four national championships, including...

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Weekly: On Writing Locally with Nicki Salcedo, Dan Whisenhunt, and Dena Mellick, August 12, 2015

Write what you know and All news is local are maxims for writers in different professions but they all need to consider place and audience--whether writing novels, essays, or news stories. Weekly: On Writing Locally will be a discussion and celebration of the work produced by three local writers for Decaturish.com Atlanta native, author and blogger, Nicki Salcedo’s weekly column Intersections was born from the desire to have a local voice, an editorial voice on Decaturish.com, that...

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2015 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony, August 13, 2015

The Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to present the 2015 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony. This will be the sixth installment of this prestigious list to be unveiled. Ten authors representing Adult literature and ten authors and illustrators representing Young People’s literature will be recognized for their literary achievements. Many of the authors appearing on the list will be present and available to chat and sign books.

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2015 Fall Book Preview, August 18, 2015

Back once again by popular demand is one of our most exciting programs for the end of the summer. Representatives from America’s biggest publishers will return to the library to talk about the exciting new books that will be published this fall. It’s a unique opportunity to get an advance look at notable upcoming book titles in the fields of biography, fiction, history, young adult, mystery, fantasy and many more! Come meet and chat with...

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Ellen Urbani, August 19, 2015

Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani’s breathtaking novel, Landfall, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose’s quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds...

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2015 River of Words Ceremony, August 23, 2015

We cordially invite you to our annual ceremony recognizing the young and talented winners of our statewide poetry and visual arts competition, River of Words. The ceremony is co-hosted by our partners in this program, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Project WET. We’ll recognize the school-age winners and unveil their work for the first time publicly before it goes on display at public library exhibits around the state. The program is free and...

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