Check out the 2022 lists of Books All Georgians and Books All Young Georgians Should Read!
From February to November, we’ll feature a book from each 2022 list and provide resources to help you get the most out of your reading experience.
Explore Books All Georgians Should Read lists from previous years.
In 2004, the Southern Regional Council entered into a partnership with the University of Georgia Libraries to administer the award in partnership with the Dekalb County Public Library’s Georgia Center for the Book and Piedmont College’s Lillian E. Smith Center.
Established in 1981 in memory of Jim Townsend, founding editor of Atlanta Magazine and mentor to a generation of remarkable Southern authors, the Prize was administered by The Chattahoochee Review and Georgia State University’s Perimeter College in partnership with the Georgia Center for the Book since the 1990s before it was inherited by the Atlanta Writers Club, a sponsor of the Prize for years. Awarded every two years, the Prize honors the best piece of literary fiction written by a Georgia author during the time since the last award.
Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, the Route 1 Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states or commonwealths for readers travelling this meandering highway. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Each book is selected by a local Center for the Book or state library and most are for children and young readers. Books may be written by authors from the state, take place in the state, or celebrate the state’s culture and heritage. Check out Georgia’s picks, as well as those of the other states, at this link.
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