So many artists, writers, musicians and actors have called New York's Chelsea Hotel home that even a partial list is impressive. Savannah writer James Lough chose to focus on the hotel's last two decades as an "artist colony." He explains how the hotel became a hotbed of creativity -- and criminality -- using a narrative style that puts readers close to the action.
The Atlanta-born author Margaret Mitchell penned one of history's great novels. But if it were the final word on African-Americans, many blacks say, it leaves a lot to be desired. Racial complaints are a part of the book's 75 year history. But so are other chapters of Mitchell's enigmatic life.
Twenty writers in four categories had their names read into history as those nominated for a National Book Award. The finalists were announced at a home with literary history in Savannah. The coastal city was chosen as the place to unveil the national finalists because Flanner O'Connor grew up there.