Library of Virginia Literary Awards

2008 Literary Awards

IN 1997, the Library of Virginia established its annual Literary Awards program to honor Virginia writers and celebrate their contributions to the literary landscape of our state and nation. Given to Virginia authors in the categories of fiction and poetry—and to nonfiction authors for works about a Virginia subject as well—the awards are presented at an annual gala celebration that has become the Library’s signature event and an eagerly anticipated cultural tradition in Richmond. While the main award recipients are selected by independent panels of judges, the Library also invites book lovers and readers to vote for their favorite works for the People’s Choice Awards for Fiction and Nonfiction. In the past, the Library has also bestowed a Literary Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize the enduring influence of an outstanding Virginia writer, with past winners including Earl Hamner, Lee Smith, Jan Karon, Tom Robbins, Charles Wright, Barbara Kingsolver, Rita Dove, John Grisham, Tom Wolfe, and David Baldacci.

The Library also partners each year with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to present the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award for an outstanding literary work with art or works of art as its primary subject. Learn more here.

The 21st Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration will take place on Saturday evening, October 20, 2018. In addition to cocktail party, dinner, awards, and book signings, our featured speaker for the evening is Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book. Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation. She lives with her family and her animals in upstate New York and Los Angeles and may be reached at and Sponsorship and ticket information for the awards gala is available here.

On Sunday, October 21, The Library of Virginia Foundation is proud to partner with the Richmond Public Library and Friends of the Richmond Public Library to host a book talk with Susan Orlean on her new work, The Library Book. The event is free and will be held at 2:00 pm at the Richmond Public Library, located at 101 East Franklin Street, Richmond. Books will be available for purchase by Chop Suey. For more information, click here.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 awards (books published in 2018). Nominations may be submitted by completing the online form.

The form may also be printed and mailed to:

Library of Virginia Literary Awards
Attn: Nancy Orr
Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219.

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