Georgia Center for the Book

Georgia Center for the Book

DeKalb County Public Library, 215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030

United States

(404) 370-8450 x 2225; gcbdekalblibrary.org

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Web site: http://www.georgiacenterforthebook.org/

Events: http://www.georgiacenterforthebook.org/Events…

Description: 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 10th anniversary in 2008, was chartered in early 1998 with the DeKalb County Public Library serving as its host and sponsor. The Center’s mission is the support of libraries, 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, 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. Its many free programs reached nearly 90,000 people around the state in 2008. The Center helped create and remains a major sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival that draws 60,000 people to the city every Labor Day weekend.

William W. Starr, a native of Atlanta, has been executive director of the Georgia Center for the Book since 2003. Joe Davich, a native of West Virginia, has been the GCB assistant since 2006, and the advisory council includes 22 distinguished authors, educators, librarians, journalists, scholars and publishers:

- Tina McElroy Ansa, Author, St. Simons Island
- David Baker, Communications Director, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
- Dr. Rudolph Byrd, Professor of American Studies, Emory University, Atlanta
- Herbert Denmark, Former President, Georgia Poetry Society, Decatur
- Gwen Russell Green, Media Specialist, DeKalb County Schools, Lithonia
- Melanee Haywood, Atlanta, Vice President, Delta Air Lines
- Terry Kay, Author, Athens
- Cary Knapp, Adult Services Librarian, Three River Regional Library, Brunswick
- Judy Long, Publisher, Hill Street Press, Athens
- Richard Lenz, President, Lenz Marketing, Decatur
- Diane Lewis, Director, Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, Atlanta
- Tom Lux, Poet, Georgia Tech, Atlanta
- Laura McCarty, Vice President, Georgia Humanities Council, Atlanta
- Dr. Thomas McHaney, Retired, Professor of Southern Literature, Georgia state University, Decatur
- Nicole Mitchell, Director, University of Georgia Press, Athens
- Don O’Briant, Author, Retired Writer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta
- Dr. Charlotte Pfeiffer, Professor Emeritus, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Cordele
- Susan Ralph, Director of Libraries, Bainbridge College, Bainbridge
- Lain Shakespeare, Director, Wrens Nest House Museum, Atlanta
- James Taylor, Manager, Library Express, Fulton County Library, Atlanta
- Lamar Veatch, State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
- Darro Willey, Director, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur

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Upcoming events

2014 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony (Thursday, August 21 at 7:15pm)
2014 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony

The Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to present the "2014 Books All Georgians Should Read Ceremony." This will be the fifth installment of this prestigious list to be unveiled. Ten authors representing Adult literature and ten 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. To carry on the tradition and to celebrate Georgia’s finest writers, we are also pleased to announce that the Books All Georgians Should Read now will be held annually, with a ceremony on the third Thursday each August. (jasbro)… (more)
Ann B. Ross, Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day (Monday, August 25 at 7:15pm)
Ann B. Ross, Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day

Bestselling author Ann B. Ross is back with Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day, another lively adventure set in Miss Julia’s Abbotsville. For the first time, though, she writes from the perspective of another resident: the hardscrabble, heart-of-gold Etta Mae Wiggins. A hilarious wild goose chase that takes us from the mansions of Abbotsville to the trailer park that Etta Mae calls home, Ann B. Ross writes with her signature wit and southern charm, calling upon a number of familiar faces (including Miss Julia, who narrates the first chapter) as the story unfolds. (jasbro)… (more)
2014 Fall Book Preview (Wednesday, August 27 at 7:15pm)
Back 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 your 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 the representatives, and find out what books you’ll need to watch for during the busiest time of the year for new book releases. Doors for the special program will open at 6:30, and of course, it’s free! (jasbro)… (more)
Penny Mickelbury Author Talk (Wednesday, September 17 at 7:15pm)
Penny Mickelbury will talk about her new novel "Belle City." (WhitepointPress)
Simon Winchester, The Men Who United the States (Tuesday, September 30 at 7:15pm)
Simon Winchester, The Men Who United the States
Reading/Book Signing
Free and Open to the Public

Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic delivers his first book about America: The Men Who United the States, a fascinating look at the men whose efforts and achievements helped unify the States and create one cohesive nation.

If you will not be able to attend this event, but would still like a signed copy of The Men Who United the States, please go to http://www.acappellabooks.com/event/simon-winchester-book-signing (jasbro)… (more)
ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Monday, July 20, 2015 at 3pm)
ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the #1 national bestselling author of numerous novels for adults, as well as the Good Girlz teen series. She recently won the NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Say Amen Again. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Motherhood Diaries. Visit her website at ReShondaTateBillingsley.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)

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