The Richmond Public Library held its 2018 Young Adult Virginia Author (YAVA) Celebration and Award Ceremony this past Saturday, October 6th. In attendance were nine of the 16 authors nominated for this year’s YAVA award. Teens and adults from around the area had the opportunity to hear about each author’s 2017 book as well as ask the authors questions about their work, their writing process, and their experiences in becoming a writer. The Library then awarded the 2018 YAVA Award to this year’s winner, Christina June. June’s 2017 book, It Started with Goodbye, is a modern day Cinderella story of sixteen-year-old Tatum. After unknowingly getting caught up in a shoplifting event, Tatum finds herself on step-mother imposed house arrest for the summer. Covertly, she starts a freelance web design business in order to pay off her legal fees and stumbles upon her virtual Prince Charming. It Started with Goodbye was published in May of 2017 by Blink Publishing. As part of her award, June will be presenting a program in partnership with RPL sometime in the new year.
The runners up for the 2018 YAVA Award were Ronnie Sidney, II with his 2017 graphic novel Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded and Jennifer Ann Reed with her 2017 fantasy Frost Legacy: The Inheritance. A full list of this year’s nominees can be found on the YAVA homepage: https://rvalibrary.org/events-classes/yava/
Richmond Public Library would like to thank the Friends of the Richmond Public Library for helping to fund this event. We’d also like to thank Chop Suey Books for selling the nominated titles at our event as well as the Richmond Times Dispatch and Senior Connections for providing parking for our authors, volunteers, and participants.
Nominations for the 2019 YAVA Award will begin in January 2019. At that time, anyone can nominate a Virginia author who published a book for young adults in 2018. Please check back on our Library’s website in December 2018 for more information on the nomination process.