Library of Virginia’s 17th Annual People’s Choice Awards

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The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the 17th Annual People’s Choice Awards. Selected by input from Virginia librarians and independent booksellers, the finalists represent the most-requested titles by Virginia authors in fiction and nonfiction published in the past year. For nonfiction, books on a Virginia subject are also eligible.

The winners will be chosen by votes from the public from among five finalists in each category. Readers may vote online at the Library of Virginia’s website at Voting begins on JULY 15 and runs through AUGUST 31, 2020.

This year’s fiction finalists for the People’s Choice Awards are:

The Substitution Order Martin Clark
The Gifted School Bruce Holsinger
Miracle Creek Angie Kim
The Line Between Tosca Lee
True Places Sonja Yoerg

This year’s nonfiction finalists for the People’s Choice Awards are:

Thick: And Other Essays Tressie McMillan Cottom
George Marshall: Defender of the Republic David L. Roll
Mary Ball Washington Craig Shirley
Thomas Jefferson’s Education Alan Taylor
Slay Like a Mother Katherine Wintsch

The winners will be announced at a virtual event on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at the 23rd Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration presented by Dominion Energy. Each winner will receive an engraved crystal book and a monetary prize of $2,500. For awards information and a list of past winners and finalists, please visit

July 8, 2020

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