The Georgia Center for the Book partners with many organizations around the state including the Georgia Humanities Council, Lenz Marketing, Agnes Scott College, the University of Georgia Press, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta History Center and its Margaret Mitchell House, the AJC Decatur Book Festival, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, the Writers Institute at Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Public Library Service, the Wren’s Nest, Emory University, DeKalb History Center, the Savannah Children’s Book Festival, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, area booksellers and other agencies and individuals. We are grateful for their assistance, and we are proud to work with them on a variety of projects throughout the year.
Our partnership with the artists, publicists and marketing experts at Lenz Marketing of Decatur has aided us immeasurably in spreading news of the Center for the Book’s statewide activities. Lenz is responsible for our web site and has been a most generous friend. With their guidance and untiring promotional efforts, programs such as “25 Books All Georgians Should Read” have grown to an increasingly prominent place in libraries, schools and bookstores throughout the state of Georgia. In addition, the Lenz staff design of logos and other materials for the Center have helped to create a distinct “look” for the organization. They remain a mighty asset.
The Georgia Humanities Council is a most important partner because they generously provide funding for a number of our important literary projects throughout the state of Georgia. The Humanities Council makes available an unrestricted grant each year to the city hosting that year’s Georgia Literary Festival. That funding provides the money for initial event planning as well as boosting the necessary local fund-raising efforts that make the annual festival possible. The GHC has provided this funding assistance every year since 2005.
In 2007, the Humanities Council provided money from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Center for the Book to begin a series of very successful literary programs around the state of Georgia under the banner of “We the People.” The project began with a standing room-only appearance by Georgia’s Poet Laureate David Bottoms at Young Harris College. Since then, more than 30 authors have spoken at libraries throughout the state, escorted by the Center for the Book with funding from the Humanities Council.
Among the authors who have taken part in the programs are Terry Kay, Judson Mitcham, Tina McElroy Ansa, Wil Haygood, Renee Dodd, Anthony Grooms, Hank Klibanoff, Erskine Clarke, Janisse Ray, Deidre O’Connell, James Cobb, Pearl McHaney, Leonard Todd, Catherine Ogelsby, Carmen Deedy, Kenneth Bindas, Jean Smith and Frye Gaillard.
Programs have been held in nearly as many locations including Bainbridge, Thomasville, Brunswick, St. Simons Island, Americus, Columbus, Macon, Vidalia, Moultrie, Fitzgerald, Summerville, Young Harris, Rome, Elberton, Washington, Calhoun, LaFayette, Ringgold, Gainesville and Decatur.
Our other partners have proved valuable collaborators in so many areas. The Savannah children’s Book Festival has invited GCB’s participation in its wonderful annual November festival. The AJC has made available to us space to publicize GCB-sponsored activities. And many other groups have offered their facilities to host author programs for the Center. We appreciate their sense of collegiality, and with them we celebrate the strength and diversity of Atlanta and Georgia’s literary communities.