2021 Awards Celebration & Related Events


The Library of Virginia Literary Awards will be held virtually again this year with a week of author conversations and special events, most free, beginning Tuesday, October 12, 2021. The annual awards-our way of thanking the Virginia authors whose works have enriched our lives and filled our libraries-are presented to outstanding Virginia authors in the areas of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. (The nonfiction category includes any author whose book is on a Virginia subject.) Also presented are the People's Choice Awards for fiction and nonfiction and the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award.

The winners of these juried awards, who receive a cash prize and an engraved crystal book, are announced at the Library's Annual Literary Awards Celebration, a virtual ceremony on Saturday, October 16, 2021, supported by presenting sponsor Dominion Energy. Award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani will again serve as host for the evening. Tune in via the Library of Virginia's Facebook and YouTube pages to join the festivities.

Tuesday, October 12 | 6:00-7:30 pm

NONFICTION DISCUSSION PANEL
Place: Online at facebook.com/LibraryofVA or youtube.com/user/LibraryofVa
Cost: Free
Nonfiction Award finalists Chip Jones, Ryan Smith, and Nicole Myers Turner engage in a moderated conversation.

Wednesday, October 13 | 6:00-7:30 pm

FICTION DISCUSSION PANEL
Place: Online at facebook.com/LibraryofVA or youtube.com/user/LibraryofVa
Cost: Free
Fiction Award finalists Rachel Beanland, Brian Castleberry, and Alma Katsu engage in a moderated conversation.

Thursday, October 14 | 6:00-7:30 pm

POETRY DISCUSSION PANEL
Place: Online at facebook.com/LibraryofVA or youtube.com/user/LibraryofVa
Cost: Free
Poetry Award finalists Bill Glose, Annie Kim, and Kiki Petrosino engage in a moderated conversation.

Friday, October 15 | 6:00-8:00 pm

ART IN LITERATURE: THE MARY LYNN KOTZ AWARD
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall
Cost: Cost: $8 ($5 for Library of Virginia & VMFA members) Purchase tickets here.
The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts present the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. Join us for a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A book signing and reception will follow the program

Saturday, October 16 | 6:00-7:30 pm

LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA LITERARY AWARDS CELEBRATION
Place: Online at facebook.com/LibraryofVA or youtube.com/user/LibraryofVa
Cost: Free
Award-winning author Adriana Trigiani returns as host for the 24th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration.


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