Annual People's Choice Awards

The Library of Virginia established the People's Choice Awards in 2004 to give readers an opportunity to share their enthusiasm for favorite works by Virginia authors and on Virginia topics. Finalists for the People's Choice Awards are selected from the books nominated for the annual Virginia Literary Awards. The People's Choice winners are selected by readers through a secure online voting portal. To vote for the 2024 winners, click here.

The 2023 winners for the People's Choice Awards were “ Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver for the fiction category and “ Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, The Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire” by Jonathan M. Katz in the nonfiction category.

2024 Fiction People's Choice Finalists

The 2024 fiction finalists for the People's Choice Awards are:

Author Title
David Baldacci Simply Lies
Rachel Beanland The House Is On Fire
Martin Clark The Plinko Bounce
Alix E. Harrow Starling House
Sadeqa Johnson The House of Eve
Angie Kim Happiness Falls

2024 Non-fiction People's Choice Finalists

The 2024 nonfiction finalists for the People's Choice Awards are:

Author Title
(Maj. Gen.) Mari K. Eder The Girls Who Fought Crime: The Untold True Story of the Country’s First Female Investigator and Her Crime Fighting Squad
Drew Gilpin Faust Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Midcentury
Russ Ford Crossing the River Styx: The Memoir of a Death Row Chaplain
Cassandra A. Good First Family: George Washington's Heirs and the Making of America
Sheila Johnson Walk Through Fire: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Triumph
Dean King Guardians of the Valley: John Muir and the Friendship That Saved Yosemite
Rachel Jamison Webster Benjamin Banneker and Us: Eleven Generations of an American Family

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