**Nonfiction - Shortlist** Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate.
Despite prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights. Integral to the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that aired on national TV and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats. Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with an inspiring message of hope, determination, and strength. 9780763665319/10 & up #weneeddiversebooks #civilrights