Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Forty-Two Books Nominated for 2015 Lillian Smith Book Award

The Southern Regional Council (SRC) recently announced that forty-two books have been nominated for the Lillian Smith Book Awards for 2015 to be presented in Decatur, Georgia on September 6, 2015.
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 social critic 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 Book became a partner in 2007, when the awards ceremony first became part of the Decatur Book Festival.

The award recipients for 2014 were We Shall Not be Moved by M.J. O'Brien and In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma by Bernard Lafayette.
The 2014 nominated books are:




Strong Inside:  Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

Andrew Maraniss

Vanderbilt University Press

The Invitation

Clifton Taulbert

NewSouth Books

Dare We Speak of Hope

Searching for a Language of Life in Faith and Politics

Alan Aubrey Boesak

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

Dear White Christians:  For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

Jennifer Harvey

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

They Don’t Kill Because They’re Hungry, They Kill Because They’re Full

Mark Bibbins

Copper Canyon Press

The New Testament

Jericho Brown

Copper Canyon Press

Looking Back, Moving Forward:  The Southwest Georgia Freedom Struggle, 1814-2014

Lee W. Formalt

Albany Civil Rights Institute and Georgia Humanities Council

Angels Make Their Hope Here:  A Novel

Breena Clarke

Little, Brown and Company

When Paris Went Dark:  The City of Light Under German Occupation 1940-1944

Ronald C. Rosbottom

Little, Brown and Company

Death of a King:  The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year

Tavis Smiley with David Ritz

Little, Brown and Company

Factory Man:  How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring , Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town

Beth Macy

Little, Brown and Company

Citizen:  An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine

Graywolf Press

Counting Teeth:  A Namibian Story

Peter Midgley

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers

Pageants, Parlors, & Pretty Women:  Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South

Blain Roberts

University of North Carolina Press

The Red Atlantic:  American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000-1927

Jace Weaver

University of North Carolina Press

The Indicted South:  Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness

Angie Maxwell

University of North Carolina Press

Baptized in PCBs:  Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town

Ellen Griffith Spears

University of North Carolina Press

Captive Nation:  Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era

Dan Berger

University of North Carolina Press

A Southern Girl:  A Novel

John Warley

University of South Carolina Press

Blessed Experiences:  Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black

James E. Clyburn

University of South Carolina Press

The Spirit of an Activist:  The Life and Work of I. DeQuincey Newman

Edited by Sadye L. M. Logan

University of South Carolina Press

Tell the World You’re a Wildflower:  Stories

Jennifer Horne

University of Alabama Press

This Bright Light of Ours:  Stories from the 1965 Voting Rights Fight

Maria Gitin

University of Alabama Press

Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature

Trudier Harris

University of Alabama Press

 Down to the Crossroads:  Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear

Aram Goudsouzian

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

On Democracy’s Doorstep:  The Inside Story of How the Supreme Court Brought “One Person, One Vote” to the United States

J. Douglas Smith

Hill and Wang / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Angels by the River:  A Memoir

James Gustave Speth

Chelsea Green Publishing

The Fog Machine:  A Novel

Susan Follett

Lucky Sky Press

The Half Has Never Been Told:  Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

Edward E. Baptist

Basic Books


Cathy Linh Che

Alice James Books

Money Money Money

Water Water Water

Jane Mead

Alice James Books

Without Mercy:  The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South

David Beasley

St. Martin’s Press

Tomlinson Hill:  The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black

Chris Tomlinson

St. Martin’s Press / Thomas Dunne Books

An Unnecessary Woman:  A Novel

Rabih Alameddine

Grove Atlantic /  Grove Press

Untamed:  The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island

Will Harlan

Grove Atlantic /  Grove Press

An Untamed State

Roxane Gay

Grove Atlantic /  Black Cat

The Secret of Magic:  A Novel

Deborah Johnson

Penguin Random House

Redemption Songs:  Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott

Lea VanderVelde

Oxford University Press

Unbroken Circles for Schools:  Restoring Schools one Conflict at a Time

Ken Johnson

Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Desire and Disaster in New Orleans:  Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory

Lynnell L. Thomas

Duke University Press

Penn Center:  A History Preserved

Orville Vernon Burton with Wilbur Cross

University of Georgia Press

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah

Leslie M. Harris and Daina Ramey Berry

University of Georgia Press

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