Thanks for the many kind wishes shared with me after the Library of Virginia named The Organ Thieves winner of its 2021 Literary Award for Nonfiction. “This powerful book shines light on the unforeseen links between racial inequality and the race to perform the first human-to-human heart transplant in Virginia during the 1960s.”
The virtual ceremony was hosted Oct. 16 by best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker Adriana Trigiani.
I can’t thank each you enough – some for aiding my research, some for ideas in the writing process , and ALL for being readers. For without readers, books (and authors) are very lonely indeed!
I'm honored to be part of a truly talented lineup of authors and scholars next Tuesday for what should be a timely discussion of Virginia history, especially as it relates to the still-untold stories of the contributions and personal experiences of Black Virginians.
Here are two links -- one to Facebook, the other to Youtube -- for the 6 p.m. event Oct. 12. Look for a chance to ask your questions, too! The 90-minute program will be moderated by Kristen Green, who wrote the New York Times bestseller, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle.
This event helps kick off the Library of Virginia's week of events ahead of its Saturday, Oct. 16 virtual gala at 6 p.m. announcing the winners of its 2021 Literary Awards. You can also access that via Facebook or Youtube.
The Tuesday night event features the three finalists in the Nonfiction category. Besides me, you'll meet Ryan K. Smith, author of Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond's Historic Cemeteries; and Nicole Myers Turner, author of Soul Liberty: The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Postemancipation Virginia.
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.