Celestine Sibley

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Celestine Sibley (Born May 23, 1917, in Holly, Florida, and died on August 15, 1999, on Dog Island, Florida)[1] was an American journalist and author based in Atlanta.

A friend of Margaret Mitchell in the 1940s, Sibley wrote for the Atlanta Constitution from 1941 to 1999, and from 1944 was chiefly known as a columnist.[1][2] She wrote 25 books, both nonfiction and fiction, including mystery novels.[1][3]

She covered the Georgia General Assembly as a reporter, and in 2000, the press gallery in the Georgia House of Representatives was named in her honor.[4] She won the first Townsend Prize for Fiction in 1982 for her book Children, My Children.[5] She attended Spring Hill College and the University of Florida.[1]

Sibley's granddaughter, Sibley Fleming, wrote a book about her grandmother, Celestine Sibley: A Granddaughter's Reminiscence. (2000)

Celestine Sibley and Sibley Fleming co-edited a collection of Sibley's writings, The Celestine Sibley Sampler: Writings & Photographs With Tributes to the Beloved Author and Journalist. (1997)

Selected Writing[1][edit]

  • The Malignant Heart, Doubleday (New York City), 1957.
  • Peachtree Street, U.S.A.: An Affectionate Portrait of Atlanta, Doubleday, 1963, published as Peachtree Street, U.S.A.: A Personal Look at Atlanta and Its History, Peachtree Publishers (Atlanta), 1994.
  • Christmas in Georgia, Doubleday, 1964.
  • A Place Called Sweet Apple, Doubleday, 1967.
  • Dear Store: An Affectionate Portrait of Rich's, Doubleday, 1967.
  • Especially at Christmas, Doubleday, 1969.
  • Mothers Are Always Special, Doubleday, 1970.
  • The Sweet Apple Gardening Book, Doubleday, 1972.
  • Day by Day with Celestine Sibley, Doubleday, 1975.
  • Small Blessings, Doubleday, 1977.
  • Jincey, Simon & Schuster (New York City), 1979.
  • The Magical Realm of Sallie Middleton, Oxmoor House (Birmingham, AL), 1980.
  • Children, My Children, Harper (New York City), 1981.
  • Young 'Uns: A Celebration, Harper, 1982.
  • For All Seasons, Peachtree Publishers, 1984.
  • Turned Funny: A Memoir, Harper, 1988.
  • Christmas in Georgia, Peachtree Publishers, 1985.
  • Tokens of Myself, Longstreet Press, 1990.

"Kate Mulcay" mystery novels[edit]

  • Ah, Sweet Mystery, HarperCollins (New York City), 1991.
  • Straight as an Arrow, HarperCollins, 1992.
  • Dire Happenings at Scratch Ankle, HarperCollins, 1993.
  • A Plague of Kinfolks, HarperCollins, 1995.
  • Spider in the Sink, HarperCollins, 1997.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2005. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ Purcell, Kim (13 August 2013). "Celestine Sibley (1914-1999)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Barringer, Felicity (August 17, 1999). "Celestine Sibley Is Dead at 85; Columnist Embodied the South". New York Times. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "HR 1184 - Sibley, Celestine; designate House press gallery in her honor". Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "History of the Townsend Prize". Georgia Perimeter College. Retrieved 19 October 2015.