03 May 2010
25 Books All Georgians Should Read (You too!)
Recently, the Georgia Center for the Book announced the 2010 25 Books All Georgians Should Read list. (You should too!)
As a board member, I was so proud to be part of the selection process and to have the opportunity to honor and celebrate some of the amazing talent we have in the state of Georgia. And we'll continue to honor these authors with speaking engagements, web features, and promotions all over the state for the next three years. Some of the names might surprise you as they are heavyweights in national literary circles. In other words, this honor is a big deal.
The list was a closely guarded secret until Thursday night when it was unveiled during a private party at The Brick Store in downtown Decatur, Georgia (the first time the restaurant has ever closed for a private event). The majority of the authors being honored were actually in attendance, including National Hero Max Cleland for Heart of a Patriot. Press coverage was thick - Creative Loafing, NPR, Decatur News Online, Paste, Veranda, etc. were all represented. Everybody had a wonderful time.
Afterwards we headed to the Decatur Library for the public unveiling and to give each author their personalized awards.
Truly, Georgia is a treasure trove of talent and I'm most excited that we will be announcing the first ever 25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read this Fall!