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2023 YAVA Award Celebration & Winner


The Young Adult Virginia Author (YAVA) Award Celebration commemorated its tenth year on April 22 with an afternoon of fun, food, and most importantly, books! This year's theme was "retro video games" which set the mood for the party. From the music, to the decorations, to the food (think pizza rolls and funyuns), gamers were surrounded by nostalgia. Everyone who attended had the opportunity to meet some of Virginia's best YA authors. Roseanne A. Brown, Tracy Banghart, Judith Bice, and Kat Spears were all in attendance, talking about their...

April is National Poetry Month

Lisa Crisman
April 12, 2023

National Poetry Month "Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion that celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives." (from Did you know that RVA has a Poet...

YA Reads Best Served Cold


In honor of the Ides of March, I thought I'd put together a little booklist for you full of YA books all about revenge. Who does revenge better than a teen scorned? No one! Whether scorned by love, embroiled in an age-old feud, or taking a stance against the patriarchy, literary teens just have a way of exacting the most brutal forms of vengeance. I'm sure at one point or another, many of us have been wronged and fantasized about retribution. But, if you're like me, you would never actually go through with it. So let's live vicariously through...