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20th Virginia Literary Awards Celebration

David Baldacci to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

2008 Literary Awards

The Library of Virginia is proud to host the 20th anniversary of its annual Literary Awards on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The event, held at the Library, will honor the best of works by Virginia authors, or about Virginia subjects, which are presented in the categories of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

In addition, the Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to recognize outstanding and long-lasting contributions to literature by a Virginian. This year's honoree is David Baldacci.

Our awards program also includes People’s Choice Awards for fiction and nonfiction, as well as the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award, recognizing excellence in works written primarily in response to a work (or works) art.

The Literary Awards weekend begins on Friday night, October 13, with the Art in Literature program at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The program will feature this year's winner speaking about their work, followed by a reception in the Marble Hall. This unique award is co-sponsored by the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

On Saturday, October 14, the Library presents the Literary Luncheon at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The Luncheon will feature a Q&A program with David Baldacci, as well as the presentation of medals to our finalists and book signings with our authors. This event is held in association with the 2017 James River Writers Conference.

On Saturday evening, the Library will host the Awards Celebration ceremony. Guests will mingle with finalists for cocktails, followed by a seated dinner. The winners will be announced at the post-dinner ceremony, hosted by Adriana Trigiani.

These awards are made possible by the generous support of Dominion Energy.