Saturday, April 28, 2018

Nineteen Books Nominated For 2018 Lillian Smith Book Award

The Southern Regional Council (SRC) recently announced that nineteen books have been nominated for the Lillian Smith Book Awards for 2016 to be presented in Decatur, Georgia on September 2, 2018.

SRC was 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.  Piedmont College, which operates the Lillian Smith Center, became a partner in 2015.

The award recipients for 2015 were Vagrant Nation by Risa Goluboff and The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship by Patricia Bell-Scott.

The 2018 nominated books are:




What Runs Over

Kayleb Rae Candrilli
YesYes Books
I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On

YesYes Books
Landscape with Sex and Violence

YesYes Books
Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan

Elaine M. Hayes
Maintaining Segregation: Children and Racial Instruction in the South, 1920-1955

LeeAnn G. Reynolds
LSU Press
Janesville: An American Story

Amy Goldstein
Simon & Schuster
Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College

Katherine Reynolds Chaddock
John Hopkins University Press
Alice Walker: A Woman for Our Times

Deborah G. Plant
Praeger ABC-CLIO
Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation

Edited by John Freeman
Viking/Penguin Books
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Viking/Penguin Books
The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives

The New Press
Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero

St. Martin’s Press
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Weight of This World

David Joy
G.P. Putnam’s Sons


Shara McCallum

Alice James Books


Jill McDonough

Alice James Books

Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment

Alessandra Lynch

Alice James Books

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