The Library of Virginia Literary Awards were held virtually this year with a week of author conversations and special events beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Anchoring the week was the Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration on Saturday, October 17, with our nominated authors, presenters, special guests, and featured speaker Douglas Brinkley, a U.S. presidential historian and best-selling author.

Fiction Panel — Tuesday, October 13

Bathanne Patrick, writer, editor, and freelance book reviewer for the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, moderated a panel with the Fiction Award finalists Angie Kim, Tara Laskowski, and Christopher Tilghman.

Poetry Panel — Wednesday, October 14

Poet Laureate of Virginia Luisa A. Igloria moderated a conversation with Poetry Award finalists Lauren K. Alleyne, David Huddle and Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley.

Nonfiction Panel — Thursday, October 15

Traci Thomas, host of the podcast The Stacks, rounded out the author conversations with Nonfiction Award finalists Tressie McMillan Cottom, Andrea L. Dennis, Mary M. Lane, and Erik Nielson.

Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award — Friday, October 16

Philip J. Deloria's book Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract is this year's winner. Deloria was recognized and spoke about the book during this virtual event in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Literary Awards Celebration — Saturday, October 17

Award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani hosted the virtual Literary Awards Celebration on Saturday, where the winners were announced, including the annual People's Choice Awards. The Library also honored famed author, historian, and featured speaker Douglas Brinkley.

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