Executive Director, Georgia Center for the Book
Decatur Library, 3rd Floor
215 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
404.370.3070, Ext. 2285
Georgia Center for the Book Reveals Annual
“Books All Georgians Should Read” and
“Books All Young Georgians Should Read”
Public awards ceremony planned for Thursday, August 13 at the Decatur Library.
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
· Marc: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
For Immediate Release
June 25, 2015 Contact: Gayle Converse 404.989.0534
Sullivan Autobiography Nominated for Wheatley Award
Atlanta. GA ─ “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” – the autobiography of former United States Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan, MD – is a 2015 nominee for the prestigious Phillis Wheatley Book Awards.
The 14th Annual QBR Phillis Wheatley Awards will be announced during a ceremony at Columbia University in New York, New York Friday, July 17, 2015. The QBR Wheatley Book Awards Show and the QBR/The Black Book Review are features of the 2015 Harlem Book Fair. Now in its 17th year, the Harlem Book Fair is the nation's largest African American book festival. Televised annually by C-Span's BookTV, the Harlem Book Fair features acclaimed authors, music, panel discussions, outdoor readings, food, writing workshops, and more.
“Breaking Ground” (University of Georgia Press, 2014; with David Chanoff; foreword by Andrew Young) was the recipient of the 2015 NAACP Image Award for outstanding literature – biography/autobiography.
About the Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, MD
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., is chairman of the board of the National Health Museum National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, whose goal is to improve the health of Americans by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors. He also is chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions -- a national non-profit organization with acommunity-focused agenda to diversifyandtransformhealth professions’education and health delivery systems. He served as chair of the President’s Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002-2009, and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006. With the exception of his tenure as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1989 to 1993, Dr. Sullivan was president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Morehouse School of Medicine-- the first predominantly black medical school established in the 20th Century -- for more than two decades. On July 1, 2002, he retired and was appointed president emeritus.
About the QBR Phillis Wheatley Awards
The presentation of the QBR Wheatley Book Awards will open the 17th annual Harlem Book Fair http://www.harlembookfair.com. Named for the first published African-American female writer, the honor is bestowed for literary work and literary advocacy that transcends culture, boundary, and perception.
About QBR/The Black Book Review and the Harlem Book Fair
QBR/The Black Book Review (www.qbr.com) has been called "the African American book review of record" by New York Times culture critic, Martin Arnold. It features and reviews new books in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children's books.
Statement from Louis W. Sullivan, MD
Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine
Supreme Court Ruling
June 25, 2015
“I am very pleased with the SC’s 6-3 ruling today affirming the Affordable Care Act.
This decision means that millions of Americans will benefit from improved access to health care and in turn, better health status. This decision preserves the integrity of the Supreme Court as an arbiter of our nation’s laws.
All Georgians and Americans should be pleased with this decision which will be helpful to them and our state and national economy as well.”
From the beginning, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan was intimate with the human cycle of life and death. Growing up in Jim Crow Georgia as the son of a mortician, he said, “even death was segregated.” His father was the only African-American undertaker in the small town of Blakely, Ga., owning the funeral home and providing a respectful burial to residents who would otherwise be subjected to back entrances and a mule-driven hearse from a white mortician.
Dr. Sullivan described the realities of the shameful era: “Every way you could find to push back against that segregation, that indignity, was of value. I would help a colleague of my father’s named Dr. Joseph Griffin, the only local black doctor serving black patients. Even at 5 years old, this doctor made a huge impression on me. When you opened the door to his clinic, there was a pungent smell of ether, and his mysterious green scrubs are imprinted upon my memory. This man had the power to cure people, to do things other people couldn’t do. I knew from that time I would become a doctor.”