Library of Virginia’s 2012 Literary Awards Honor Several Friends of VFH

The Library of Virginia announced its fifteenth annual Literary Award winners on October 20 at a gala celebration. Several of this year’s winners have been associated with VFH in the past, through Grants, Fellowships, and the Virginia Festival of the Book.

Maurie McInnis, 2009-2010 VFH fellow, won the 2012 Literary Award for nonfiction for her book, Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade. McInnis’s work, which the judges praised as “a beautiful book about an ugly subject,” examines the slave trade through the lens of art history and social history.

Several recent Virginia Festival of the Book participants were also honored, including David Huddle and David Wojahn. Huddle won the 2012 Emyl Jenkins Sexton Literary Award for Fiction for Nothing Can Make Me Do This, and Wojahn was recognized with the 2012 Literary Award in poetry for his book World Tree.

Former Virginia Poet Laureate and recent Festival of the Book participant Kelly Cherry received the Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry, which recognizes significant contributions to and achievement in the art of poetry. Cherry delivered the opening remarks at the 2012 Virginia Festival of the Book.

Former VFH Board member and bestselling novelist David Baldacci won the People’s Choice Award in fiction for his book The Sixth Man, a mystery thriller. People’s Choice Awards are selected by public voting online and in libraries.

Terri Fisher and Kirsten Sparenborg, 2012 Festival of the Book participants, won the People’s Choice Award in the nonfiction category, for Lost Communities of Virginia, a book that seeks to chart and reinvigorate several once-vibrant, but now faded, communities across the commonwealth. Fisher and Sparenborg’s research for the book was funded in part by a VFH Grant.

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities congratulates the 2012 Library of Virginia Literary Award winners.