Posted on the wall next my desk at school are postcards from some of the places I visited on last summer’s book tour. One of my favorite reading spots was the Library of Virginia, where I was able to do some research on a new project before joining a nice crowd for Books on Broad. I remember, before the event, a man in the reading room with a stack of newspapers next to him. He answered his cell phone briefly and quietly to say, “Library was closed yesterday. I got a lot of catching up to do.” I love libraries, especially the communal solitude of a library reading room (several of the stories in Mattaponi Queen were written in a library reading room).
I’m thrilled to announce that Mattaponi Queen is one of the finalists for the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award for Virginia Literature. The award honors books by Virginia authors or with a Virginia theme (MQ qualifies on both counts, I’m proud to say), and finalists were selected by librarians and booksellers across the state. I have some tough competition, including John Grisham and Jan Karon, so I could really use your vote! If you run into my mother before June 30 (when voting closes), she’ll probably hand you a stack of ballots, but you can also vote online. Click here to vote! And thank you!
P.S. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, one of my favorite books of 2010, is a nonfiction finalist. I hope to meet Rebecca Skloot in person at the awards ceremony in October.
P.P.S. I’m sorry for the very light/nonexistent posting lately–school and life have been really busy, but I have other exciting things to share soon, including a great opportunity for Triangle-area writers and readers.