Journalist, author. Born– May 23, 1917, in Holley, Fla; grew up in Creola, Alabama. Parents–  Henry Colley and Evelyn Barber Colley; adopted at age seven by her stepfather, Wesley Reeder Sibley. Married– James W. Little, August 30, 1936. Children– Three. Married– Jack Strong. Education– attended Spring Hill College and University of Florida. Began her career as a cub reporter at age 15 for Mobile Press-Register; reporter for the Pensacola News-Journal, 1936-41;   reporter (1941) and columnist (1944) for Atlanta Constitution; wrote four columns a week for many years, the last one a few weeks before her death. Award honorary doctorates by Spring Hill College and Emory University.  Received the Ralph McGill Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, 1990; the National Society of News Columnists Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999.  Named to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2007 and a Georgia Woman of Achievement, 2010.  Won awards from Associated Press, Georgia Conference on Social Work, and Dixie Council of Authors. The Press Gallery in the Georgia State Capitol was named in her honor.  Died August 15, 1999.


Contemporary Authors online


Ah, Sweet Mystery. New York; Harper/Collins, 1991.

Celestine Sibley, Reporter.  Hill Street Press, 2001.

Celestine Sibley Sampler.  Peachtree Publishers, 1997.

Children, My Children– a Novel. New York; Harper & Row, 1981.

Christmas in Georgia, Five Stories. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1964.

Day by Day with Celestine Sibley. New York; Doubleday, 1975.

Dear Store; an Affectionate Portrait of Rich’s. New York; Doubleday, 1967.

Especially at Christmas. New York; Doubleday, 1969.

For All Seasons. Atlanta; Peachtree Publishers, 1984.

Jincey. New York; Simon and Schuster, 1978.

The Magical Realm of Sallie Middleton. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1980.

The Malignant Heart. New York; Doubleday, 1970.

Mothers Are Always Special. New York; Doubleday, 1970.

Peachtree Street, U. S. A.; an Affectionate Portrait of Atlanta. New York; Doubleday, 1963

A Place Called Sweet Apple. New York; Doubleday, 1963.

Small Blessings. New York; Doubleday, 1977.

The Sweet Apple Gardening Book. New York; Doubleday, 1972.

Tokens of Myself: A Memoir.  Longstreet Press, 1990.

Turned Funny: A Memoir.  Harper, a988.

Young ‘uns; a Celebration. New York; Harper & Row, 1982.

Kate Mulcay Mistory Series:

Ah Sweet Mystery.  HarperCollins, 1991.

Straight as an Arrow.  HarperCollins, 1992.

Dire Happenings at Scratch Ankle.  HarperCollins, 1993.

Plague of Kinfolks.  HarperCollins, 1995.

Spider in the Sink.  HarperCollins, 1997.


Atlanta, a Brave and Beautiful City. Atlanta; Peachtree Publisher, 1986.

Callaway Gardens, the Unending Season. Atlanta; Longstreet, 1989.


The papers of Celestine Sibley are held by the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University in Atlanta.