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CFVI Seeks Nominations for 2024 National Book Festival

Great Read Selections from the USVI

DEADLINE: January 31, 2024

U.S. Virgin Islands, January 4, 2024  The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is seeking public input to help select the USVI Center for the Book's 2024 Great Read submissions to represent the territory at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Aug. 24.

"We welcome nominations from the community for a Virgin Islands children's book and an adult book whose body of work demonstrates excellence, engenders a love of literature, and promotes lifelong literacy," said CFVI President, Dee Baecher-Brown.

CFVI was honored by the Library of Congress in 2022 with an invitation to serve as the Center for the Book for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Congress created the Library’s Center for the Book in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books and reading.

As the USVI affiliate, CFVI is responsible for collaborating with the Library on literacy programming, services, and collections, developing independent local programs and literary heritage projects, including developing initiatives and public programs to promote literacy, reading, book arts, poetry, and USVI literary heritage.

As part of the National Book Festival, each state and territory affiliate is invited to name a children’s and adult book as its designated Great Reads for the year and a list of the books is distributed during the festival.

"For USVI submissions, books may be written by authors from the territory, take place in the Virgin Islands, or celebrate the USVI's culture and heritage," said Baecher-Brown. 

Prior Great Reads selections from the USVI include "James and the Fireburn," "Fireburn the Screenplay," "Monster in the Middle," and "King and the Dragonflies."

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Jan. 31. Nominations will be reviewed by an advisory committee of individuals familiar with literary work in the territory and rated in the areas of cultural significance, innovation, diversity and inclusivity, audience appeal, originality, impact, and literary merit. Selections will be publicly announced in April.

For more information, criteria, and to submit a recommendation, visit

Since the first National Book Festival in 2001, it has become one of the most prominent literary events in the United States that unifies best-selling authors and thousands of readers for author talks, panel discussions, book signings, and other engaging activities.

For more information about the National Book Festival, visit

For more information about the Library of Congress Center for the Book,



About the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
Since 1990, CFVI has been a catalyst for positive change in the territory through initiatives committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment. With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of community leaders, CFVI is a trusted advocate and supporter of programs that ensure opportunity and sustainability for current and future generations. CFVI is a registered non-profit organization entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate donations and estate planning. For more information, visit
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