VBA GalaVCFA President Tom Greene will reveal the winner, who will be chosen by a panel of judges from among nine finalists.

The Gala, which begins at 5 p.m. in VCFA’s Alumnx Hall, will be a lively celebration of literature and creative culture, with distinguished guests from around the state. Music, dinner, and a keynote speech by New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood are among the events planned for this exciting evening.

The Vermont Book Award honors artists with deep connections to the state of Vermont, and draws attention to a state so uniquely suited for creative enterprise. The award recognizes outstanding poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature penned by either a Vermont writer or a writer with deep ties to the state of Vermont. Last year, Montpelier poet Kerrin McCadden took home the first ever Vermont Book Award.

The Black Krim Tavern of Randolph will provide the seated dinner, drinks, and dessert. A jazz trio featuring Geza Carr, Anthony Santor, and Max Bronstein will perform live during the event.

Vermont artist Sabrina Fadial (who is also VCFA director of alumnx relations) has designed the award, which will be given to the winner along with the $5,000 prize.

The finalists for the 2016 Vermont Book Award are: Castle Freeman, David Huddle, Major Jackson, Jo Knowles, Jeffrey Lent, Jennifer McMahon, Sean Prentiss, Julia Shipley, and Tamara Ellis Smith.

Tickets for the event remain available, though they are selling fast. To purchase tickets, visit this link.