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Library of Virginia announces nine finalists for the 25th Annual Literary Awards

This year’s book finalists include an extraordinary historical fiction debut, an intimate account of the devastating effects of gun violence on our nation’s children, the latest volume of poems from a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, and much more.

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Nine finalists have been selected for the 25th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards, the commonwealth’s premier celebration honoring Virginia writers and their contributions to literature. The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges from more than 108 submissions. The winner in each category will be selected from among these finalists and announced during a celebration at the Library of Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

This year’s book finalists include an extraordinary historical fiction debut, an intimate account of the devastating effects of gun violence on our nation’s children, the latest volume of poems from a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, and much more.

“We are thrilled to celebrate diverse works by Virginia authors or about Virginia topics for the 25th year,” said Librarian of Virginia Sandra Treadway, Ph.D. “This event has become a highly anticipated annual tradition for both book lovers and authors enthused about recognizing literary excellence in our commonwealth.”

The 2022 award finalists are:

Fiction

JOCELYN NICOLE JOHNSON | My Monticello
JOANNA PEARSON | Now You Know It All
SHERI REYNOLDS | The Tender Grave
Honorable Mention
ANGEL KHOURY | Between Tides

Nonfiction

JOHN WOODROW COX | Children Under Fire: An American Crisis
CAROLYN EASTMAN | The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity
CAROLINE E. JANNEY | Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army after Appomattox

Poetry

SANDRA BEASLEY | Made to Explode
RITA DOVE | Playlist for the Apocalypse
TINA PARKER | Lock Her Up
The finalists for the Library’s People’s Choice Awards for fiction and nonfiction were announced in a previous news release. They will also be honored at the Literary Awards event. Kicking things off is the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award, presented with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.

In addition to the award and distinguished recognition, winners in each category receive a monetary prize of $2,500. For awards information and a list of past winners and finalists, please visit www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards/sponsorship.htm.

For information on tickets, sponsorship, or other ways to support the 25th Annual Library of Virginia Awards Celebration honoring Virginia authors and friends, call 804.692.3813.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.