June 1, 2017—For the third consecutive year, the Georgia Center for the Book will participate in the Route One Reads initiative, a program under the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2017, the theme of the initiative will be memoirs and biographies, and the selected book to represent Georgia is Blood, Bone, And Marrow: A Biography Of Harry Crews by Ted Geltner, published by the University of Georgia Press.
In 2010, an ailing Harry Crews sat down with author Ted Geltner for interviews and to tell his stories one last time. The result is the first full-length biography of one of the most unlikely figures in twentieth-century American literature, a writer who emerged from a dirt-poor South Georgia tenant farm and went on to create a singularly unique voice of fiction.
“We were very pleased to select Ted Geltner’s new Biography of Harry Crews as our Route One Reads selection this year. Crews was a literary rebel, known in literary circles, but not by many casual readers. Born in Alma, Georgia, his work reflects the hard-scrabble life and eccentric figures that populate small towns, and that inhabit the dark, Southern Gothic literary tradition. Although his work was unconventional, his was a contemporary voice in the Southern Literary tradition: dark, dysfunctional, and dramatic. We are grateful that Mr. Geltner brought the life and work of Harry Crews back into the spotlight. “
The diverse reading list created by Route One Reads highlights each individual State Center for the Book while celebrating the East Coast as a whole. By participating in Route One Reads, readers can travel across 15 states and the District of Columbia without taking a single footstep, or load selected books into the car for a literary road trip. The full list of featured books for the 2017 Route One Reads initiative is available along with a map of participating states at Route1Reads.org.
Route One Reads is a partnership between the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and its affiliates in: Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Virginia; and, Washington, D.C.
About Route One Reads: Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, the Route One Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states or commonwealths for readers traveling the major and meandering highway. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit Route1Reads.org or follow #Route1Reads on Twitter.
About the Georgia Center for the Book: The Georgia Center for the Book has become the largest non-profit literary presenting organization in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation. The Center’s mission is to support libraries, promote literacy and the literary arts, and preserve the literary heritage of Georgia. For more information, visit georgiacenterforthebook.org.
About the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress: Established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. It sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers and collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. The Center for the Book is part of the Library’s National and International Outreach service unit. For more information, visit Read.gov.