We are beyond lucky in DeKalb County to be the host site for the Georgia Center for the Book. The GCB’s mission is to provide support to libraries, literary programs and, whaddaya know, literature. They do it in fine style and though the mission is to serve the entire state many of the programs are based in the metro area. Over the years I have attended many GCB events at the Decatur Library and the Carter Center. I missed Christopher Moore discussing Fool and Paula Deen sharing her story in Paula Deen: It Ain’t All About the Cookin’ because I had to work, but I also had the great pleasure of meeting Annette Gordon Reed when she was here discussing her amazing, Pulitzer prize winning The Hemingses of Monticello. Many of the GCB Author Talks are also available on the website as downloadable podcasts. As a children’s librarian I have a tough time keeping up with adult literature and have to work hard to find things I might like. Thanks to GCB programs I have read many books I would otherwise have skipped (Finn by Jon Clinch and Martha Washington: An America Life by Patricia Brady) which is why I’m so pleased to see the “25 Books All Georgian’s Should Read” list. I probably won’t get to read everything on it in 2010 but I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into this list. You should try it out too. See the completed list here.