12th ANNUAL LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA AWARDS CELEBRATION
Dr. Virginia Cherry attended the 12th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration on October 17, 2009. As a Page Turner subscriber, Dr. Cherry supports this annual event honoring Virginia’s authors.
Dr. Virginia Cherry with her husband Dr. Robert Cherry.
The Library of Virginia Literary Awards are presented each year for the best books by a Virginia author in the fields of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (and, in the case of nonfiction, also by any author about a Virginia subject). A special award is also given each year for lifetime achievement in any literary field, The finalists and winners for the awards are selected by an independent panel of judges. Other authors are honored through the People’s Choice Awards, the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature, and the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize.
Host Adriana Trigiani (center).
Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her hilarious and heartwarming novels. Trigiani was raised in a small coal-mining town in Southwest Virginia in a big Italian family. She chose her hometown for the setting and title of her debut novel, the critically acclaimed and best-selling Big Stone Gap, which was followed by the sequels Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon. Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo were all instant New York Times best sellers. Her latest book is Very Valentine.
Author John Grisham received the 2009 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award.
Virginia First Lady Anne Holton Kaine presented the Literary Lifetime Achievement Award to novelist John Grisham.
Dr. Cherry with Nonfiction Award recipient Roger Mudd.
Author Roger Mudd signs copies of his award-winning book The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News.
Lifetime Literary Achievement
• John Grisham
• Domnica Radulescu, Train to Trieste.
• Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
• Lisa Russ Spaar, Satin Cash.
People's Choice Award for Fiction
• Martin Clark, The Legal Limit.
People's Choice Award for Nonfiction
• Roger Mudd, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News.
Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature
• Doreen Rappaport, Abe’s Honest Words.
Weinstein Poetry Prize
• Charles Wright and Eleanor Ross Taylor.