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“Georgia and Georgia’s literary landscape are more diverse than ever before, and these lists express our diversity and individuality, but at the same time show we all are connected to place,” said Joe Davich, Executive Director of the Georgia Center for the Book. “Whether riding in a pick-up truck in South Georgia, or in a tuk tuk in India, the settings in these books are different, but the universal message is the same. Georgians will easily find themselves at home among these pages.”
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This is the seventh edition of the list, which debuted in 2002 as the "Georgia Top 25 Reading List." Featuring classics like "Gone With the Wind," "The Color Purple," "Deliverance" and "Tobacco Road," the list of books about or by Georgians proved so popular – and endlessly discussable – that additional lists followed in 2005 and 2008.
In 2013, the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council voted to make the lists an annual thing. Writers, librarians, educators and other individuals submit nominations throughout the year to the Decatur-based organization, which regularly hosts events featuring authors. The Center has posted both new lists for 2016 on its Facebook page. Previous year's lists can be found on the Georgia Center for the Book web site.