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Lillian Smith Book Award

Lillian Smith Book Award emblem

Jointly presented by the Southern Regional Council and 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.[1] It is the South's oldest and best-known book award, and is presented in fiction and non-fiction categories.[2]


  • Past Honorees 1
    • 1968 Winner 1.1
    • 1969 Winner 1.2
    • 1970 Winner 1.3
    • 1971 Winner 1.4
    • 1972 Winner 1.5
    • 1973 Winners 1.6
    • 1974 Winners 1.7
    • 1976 Winners 1.8
    • 1977 Winners 1.9
    • 1978 Winners 1.10
    • 1979 Winners 1.11
    • 1980 Winners 1.12
    • 1981 Winners 1.13
    • 1982 Winners 1.14
    • 1983 Winners 1.15
    • 1984 Winners 1.16
    • 1985 Winners 1.17
    • 1986 Winner 1.18
    • 1987 Winners 1.19
    • 1988 Winners 1.20
    • 1989 Winners 1.21
    • 1990 Winners 1.22
    • 1991 Winners 1.23
    • 1992 Winners 1.24
    • 1993 Winners 1.25
    • 1994 Winners 1.26
    • 1995 Winners 1.27
    • 1996 Winners 1.28
    • 1997 Winners 1.29
    • 1998 Winners 1.30
    • 1999 Winners 1.31
    • 2000 Winners 1.32
    • 2001 Winners 1.33
    • 2002 Winners 1.34
    • 2004 Winners 1.35
    • 2005 Winners 1.36
    • 2006 Winners 1.37
    • 2007 Winners 1.38
    • 2008 Winners 1.39
    • 2009 Winners 1.40
    • 2010 Winners 1.41
  • References 2
  • External links 3

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

  • Harold Martin for Ralph McGill, Reporter, Little Brown and Company.

1974 Winners

1976 Winners

1977 Winners

1978 Winners

1979 Winners

  • Marion Wright and Arnold Shankman for Human Rights Odyssey, Moore Publishing.

1980 Winners

1981 Winners

1982 Winners

1983 Winners

1984 Winners

1985 Winners

  • Peter Taylor for The Old Forest and Other Stories, Dial Press.

1986 Winner

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.

1988 Winners

  • Melton A. McLaurin for Separate Pasts: Growing Up University of Georgia Press.

1989 Winners

1990 Winners

1991 Winners

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

  • John Dittmer for Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, University of Illinois Press.

1995 Winners

  • University of California Press.

1996 Winners

1997 Winners

1998 Winners

1999 Winners

  • 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.
  • Michael Keith Honey for Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism and the Freedom Struggle, University of California Press.

2001 Winners

  • Pam Durban for So Far Back, Picador USA Robert P. “Bob” Moses, Charles E. Cobb, Jr., Radical Equations, Beacon Press.

2002 Winners

  • 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, Nicole Waligora-Davis, 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

2007 Winners

2008 Winners

  • Joseph Crespino for In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution Princeton University Press.

2009 Winners

  • Bob Zellner with Constance W. Curry for The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement NewSouth Books, Inc.

2010 Winners

  • Amy Louise Wood, for Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940, University of North Carolina Press
  • Charles W. Eagles, for The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, University of North Carolina Press


  1. ^ - Lillian Smith Book Awards for works on social justice to be revived
  2. ^ Columns

External links

  • UGA Libraries
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