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Vote Early for Literary Awards

Voting is now open for the 2011 Library of Virginia Literary Awards People’s Choice, and one of the five finalists in the nonfiction category is The Horse in Virginia: An Illustrated History, by Julie Campbell, the associate director of communications and public affairs at Washington and Lee.

Online voting can be done here. Voters may also cast their ballots at public libraries around the state.

In the book, Julie traces Virginia’s horse tradition back 400 years and tells the stories of such familiar names as Triple Crown champion Secretariat, Misty of Chincoteague and, of course, Robert E. Lee’s Traveller.

The Library of Virginia Literary Awards are given to outstanding Virginia authors in the areas of poetry, fiction, nonfiction (and, in the case of nonfiction, also by any author about a Virginia subject) and literary lifetime achievement.

Two years ago, W&L alumnus Roger Mudd won the People’s Choice Nonfiction Award for his book, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News.