Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hank Klibanoff will be the featured speaker at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Lillian Smith Book Awards.
The University of Georgia Libraries sponsors the book awards, in partnership with the Southern Regional Council, Piedmont College and the Georgia Center for the Book, to honor the late author of the 1944 novel Strange Fruit.
This year’s program, open free to the public, will be held Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.
Klibanoff will speak on “Courage, Cowardice and, Now, Contrition.” His talk will draw from his book, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation, which received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in history.
Klibanoff is currently a professor in the creative writing/non-fiction program at Emory University.