Saturday, May 3, 2014

Thirty-Nine Books Nominated for 2014 Lillian Smith Book Awards

The Southern Regional Council (SRC) recently announced that thirty-nine books have been nominated for the Lillian Smith Book Awards for 2014 to be presented in Decatur, Georgia on August 31, 2014.
SRC is an inter-racial organization founded in 1919 to combat racial injustice in the South. SRC initiated the Lillian Smith Book Awards shortly after Smith's death in 1966 to recognize authors whose writing extends the legacy of the outspoken writer, educator and socialcritic who challenged her fellow Southerners and all Americans on issues of social and racial justice. Since 2004 the awards have been presented by SRC in a partnership with the University of Georgia Libraries, whose Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library houses a historic collection of Lillian Smith's letters and manuscripts. The Georgia Center for the Bookbecame a partner in 2007, when the awards ceremony first became part of the Decatur Book Festival.

The award recipients for 2013 were Benjamin Elijah Mays: Schoolmaster to the Movement by Randal Maurice Jelks and Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta After World War II by Francois Hamlin.
The 2014 nominated books are:






From the Bullet to the Ballot:  The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago
Jakobi Williams
University of North Carolina Press
W.E.B. DuBois and The Souls of Black Folk
Stepanie J. Shaw
University of North Carolina Press
Greater Than Equal:  African American Struggles for Schools and Citizenship in North Carolina, 1919-1965
Sarah Caroline Thuesen
University of North Carolina Press
Atlanta, Cradle of the New South:  Race and Remembering in the Civil War’s Aftermath
William A. Link
University of North Carolina Press
James J. Kilpatrick:  Salesman for Segregation
William P. Hustwit
University of North Carolina Press
One Place:  Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia
Photographs and text by Paul Kwilecki, Edited by Tom Rankin
University of North Carolina Press
Blinded by the Whites:  Why Race Still Matters in 21st Century America
David H. Ikard
Indiana University Press
That The Blood Stay Pure:  African Americans, Native Americans, and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia
Arica L. Coleman
Indiana University Press
Healing Histories:  Stories from Canada’s Indian Hospitals
Laurie Meijer Drees
University of Alberta Press
Flashes of War:  Short Stories
Katey Schultz
Loyola University’s Apprentice House
How It Feels to be Free:  Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement
Ruth Feldstein
 Oxford University Press
NAACP Youth and the Fight for Black Freedom, 1936-1965
Thomas L. Bynum
University of Tennessee Press
In Peace and Freedom:  My Journey in Selma
Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Kathryn Lee Johnson
University Press of Kentucky
A Cold Coming
W. Jeff Bishop
Boll Weevil Press
Between North and South:  Delaware, Desegregation, and the Myth of American Sectionalism
Brett Gadsden
University of Pennsylvania Press
The Fall of the House of Dixie:  The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South
Bruce Levine
Random House
According to Our Hearts:  Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family
Angela Onwuachi-Willig
Yale University Press
I Am Troy Davis
Jen Marlowe
Haymarket Books
Drama High:  The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater
Michael Sokolove
Riverhead Books
Looking for Palestine:  Growing up Confused in an Arab-American Family
Najla Said
Riverhead Books
Pitch Dark Anarchy:  Poems
Randall Horton
Northwestern University Press
Autogeography:  Poems
Reginald Harris
Northwestern University Press
I Am Malala:  The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
Little, Brown and Company
Defining the Struggle:  National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915
Susan D. Carle
Oxford University Press
From Selma to Montgomery:  The Long March to Freedom
Barbara Harris Combs
A Different Sun:  A Novel of Africa
Elaine Neil Orr
Berkley Books/Penguin
Stars of the Savanna
Melanie R. Martel
WPR Books
The Investigator:  Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth
Terry Lenzner
Blue Rider Press
We Shall Not Be Moved:  The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement it Inspired
M. J. O’Brien
University Press of Mississippi
Wash:  A Novel
Margaret Wrinkle
Grove Atlantic, Inc.
On Sal Mal Lane:  A Novel
Ru Freeman
Graywolf Press
Men We Reaped:  A Memoir
Jesmyn Ward
A Campaign of Quiet Persuasion:  How the College Board Desegregated SAT® Test Centers in the Deep South, 1960-1965
Jan Bates Wheeler
LSU Press
Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi:  Protest Politics and the Struggle for Racial Justice, 1960-1965
James P. Marshall
LSU Press
A Thousand Hills to Heaven:  Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda
Josh Ruxin
Little, Brown and Company
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities
Chris Kluwe
Little, Brown and Company
Remembering Medgar Evers:  Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement
Minrose Gwin
University of Georgia Press
Turn Me Loose:  The Unghosting of Medgar Evers:  Poems
Frank X. Walker
University of Georgia Press
Saving the Soul of Georgia:  Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights
Maurice C. Daniels
University of Georgia Press


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