Lillian Smith Book Award

Jointly presented by the Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries, the Lillian Smith Book Awards honor those authors who, through their outstanding writing about the American South, carry on Smith's legacy of elucidating the condition of racial and social inequity and proposing a vision of justice and human understanding.

Since 1968, the awards have been presented annually, except for 2003 when the Southern Regional Council experienced funding shortfalls. It is the South's oldest and best-known book award, and is presented in fiction and non-fiction categories.

Past Honorees

1968 Winner

1969 Winner

  • Dan T. Carter for Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South, Louisiana State University Press.

1970 Winner

1971 Winner

1972 Winner

1973 Winners

1974 Winners

1976 Winners

1977 Winners

1978 Winners

1979 Winners

1980 Winners

1981 Winners

1982 Winners

1983 Winners

1984 Winners

  • John Egerton for Generations: An American Family, University of Kentucky Press.
  • Alice Walker for In Search of Our Mother's Gardens: Womanist Prose, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
  • Eudora Welty - Special Lifetime Award.

1985 Winners

1986 Winner

  • A.J. Mojtabai for Blessed Assurance: At Home with the Bomb in Amarillo, Texas, Houghton Mifflin.

1987 Winners

  • Thomas L. Johnson, and Phillip C. Dunn (ed.) for A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920-1936, Algonquin Books.
  • Pauli Murray for Song in a Weary Throat: An American Pilgrimage, Harper & Row.
  • Mary Hood for And Venus is Blue: Stories, Ticknor & Fields.

1988 Winners

1989 Winners

1990 Winners

  • Wayne Flynt for Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites, University of Alabama Press.
  • Dori Sanders for Clover: A Novel, Algonquin Books.

1991 Winners

  • J.L. Chestnut, Jr., and Julia Cass for Black in Selma : The Uncommon Life of J.L. Chestnut, Jr.: Politics and Power in a Small American Town, Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  • Mary Ward Brown for Tongues of Flame, E.P. Dutton.

1992 Winners

1993 Winners

  • Charles W. Eagles for Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, University of North Carolina Press.
  • William Baldwin for The Hard To Catch Mercy, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
  • Margaret Rose Gladney for How Am I To Be Heard? Letters of Lillian Smith, University of North Carolina Press.

1994 Winners

1995 Winners

  • Charles M. Payne for I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, University of California Press.
  • Adam Fairclough for Race & Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972, University of Georgia Press.
  • Mary Lee Settle for Choices, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.

1996 Winners

  • Michael D'Orso for Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood, Grosset/Putnam.
  • Constance Curry for Silver Rights, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
  • Anthony Grooms for Trouble No More, La Questa.

1997 Winners

1998 Winners

1999 Winners

  • J. Morgan Kousser for "Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction", University of North Carolina Press.
  • Leroy Davis for A Clashing of the Soul: John Hope and the Dilemma of African-American Leadership and Black Higher Education in the Early Twentieth Century, University of Georgia Press.

2000 Winners

  • Lawrence N. Powell for Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, The Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana, University of North Carolina Press.
  • Andrew M. Manis for A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, University of Alabama Press.
  • Michael Keith Honey for Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism and the Freedom Struggle, University of California Press.

2001 Winners

  • Hal Crowther for Cathedrals of Kudzu: A Personal Landscape of the South, Louisiana State University Press.
  • Pam Durban for So Far Back, Picador USA Robert P. “Bob” Moses, Charles E. Cobb, Jr., Radical Equations, Beacon Press.
  • Natasha Trethewey for Domestic Work, Graywolf Press.

2002 Winners

  • Anthony Grooms for Bombingham, Free Press.
  • Mark Newman for Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995, University of Alabama Press
  • Keith Wailoo for Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health, University of North Carolina Press.
  • William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins, and Robert Korstad editors, with Paul Ortiz, Robert Parrish, Jennifer Ritterhouse, Keisha Roberts, Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South, The New Press.

2004 Winners

  • Barbara Ransby for Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement; A Radical Democratic Vision, University of North Carolina Press.

2005 Winners

2006 Winners


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