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.

Ten authors are the finalists for the Library of Virginia's 22nd Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges from more than 120 books nominated for the awards.

The 2019 Library of Virginia Literary Award finalists are:

FICTION:
JAMES A. MCLAUGHLIN | Bearskin
JON PINEDA | Let's No One Get Hurt
TIM POLAND | Yellow Stonefly

NONFICTION:
MARGARET EDDS | We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow
CATHERINE KERRISON | Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America
BETH MACY | Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America

POETRY:
MICHAEL CHITWOOD | Search & Rescue
CLAUDIA EMERSON | Claude Before Time and Space
BOB HICOK | Hold
ERIKA MEITNER | Holy Moly Carry Me

The winners of the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry awardsóas well as the People's Choice Awardsówill be announced on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the 22nd Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration honoring Virginia authors & friends. This gala event, sponsored by Dominion Energy, will again be hosted by Award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani. The evening's featured speaker, Brian Noyes, will spotlight Virginia's culinary traditions, which can be seen in the Library's impressive collection of cookbooks and related ephemera. Mr. Noyes, noted cookbook author, owner of Red Truck Bakery, and former Washington Post art director, has recently released the Red Truck Bakery Cookbook.

Sponsorship and ticket information for the 22nd Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration gala is now available.

Online voting for the 2019 People's Choice Awards concluded on June 30, 2019.

This year's fiction finalists for the People's Choice Awards are:

DAVID BALDACCI | The Fallen
CHRISTINA DALCHER | Vox
BARBARA KINGSOLVER | Unsheltered
JON PINEDA | Let's No One Get Hurt
ADRIANA TRIGIANI | Tony's Wife

This year's nonfiction finalists for the People's Choice Awards are:

WILLIAM I. HITCHCOCK | The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s
JAMES HORN | 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of Democracy
CATHERINE KERRISON | Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America
BETH MACY | Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
EARL SWIFT | Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

We are now accepting nomination submissions for the 2020 Literary Awards (books published in 2019). Nominations may be submitted by completing the online form.

The nomination form may also be printed and mailed to:

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


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