Here are some photos from the twentieth anniversary of the celebration of the Virginia Literary Award. My friend and colleague David Baldacci was honored this year with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Also pictured above is Margot Lee Shetterly, 2017 People’s Choice Award winner in nonfiction with her book, Hidden Figures.
This is also the fifth annual presentation of an award I helped create, named for my friend and colleague, Mary Lynn Kotz (author of the definitive biography of Robert Rauschenberg).
The award is the first of its kind and is given to a book that “raises the bar” on writing a book-length work about visual art in one of the following categories: history, fiction, biography, poetry, art history, social history of art, journalism, museum catalogues, and young adult literature.
The first year’s award was presented to The Innocence of Objects by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, followed by: The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo by Virginia Poet Laureate Carolyn Kreiter Foronda; Lisette’s List by New York Times bestseller Susan Vreeland; and Portraits at an Exhibition, a first novel by Patrick Horrigan.