Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a fun & relaxing summer, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, western fires, etc. Amid the plethora of bad news, I’d like to share some good news on the book front! The Organ Thieves has been selected as a finalist for the Library of Virginia’s 2021 Literary Awards in the Nonfiction category. Since 1997, the library says, these awards have “celebrated Virginia writers and their contributions to the literary landscape of our state and nation.”
The event serves as the Library’s major fundraising event, so my book will join other finalists on sale the week of Oct. 11-16. The winners in three categories – nonfiction, fiction and poetry -- will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 16 in a virtual celebration. Award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani will serve as host.
Each winner will receive an engraved crystal book and a monetary prize of $2,500. For awards information and a list of past winners and finalists, click here.
Finally, I’m set to appear on a virtual panel with the other two nonfiction finalists on Tuesday, Oct. 12 starting at 6 p.m. I’ll send more information as it becomes available.
Thanks for your continued support of The Organ Thieves as we continue to strive for social justice and equal healthcare for all Americans.
Chip Jones is an award-winning author, journalist and former communications director of the Richmond Academy of Medicine. The Organ Thieves is his fourth book.