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October/November/December, 2009
Volume 55, Number 4

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Call for Reviewers

“Virginia Reviews” has expanded its scope! In addition to historical works, we now include reviews of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, music, drama, graphic novels, films — any work that merits attention that has been produced by Virginia creators or that considers Virginia as a primary subject. All ages, audiences, and media are welcome, so long as they would be suitable candidates for library collections around the Old Dominion.

We encourage reviewers who have access to such materials through their own libraries or in their personal collections to consider sharing their knowledge with our readers. As this incarnation of “Virginia Reviews” is still new, we do not yet have many review copies available, but we hope that our loyal readers will still submit reviews, as they do articles, interviews, and conference reports, for the time-honored payment of contributor’s copies and the pleasure of assisting their state library association.

If you would like to write reviews but are at a loss for subject matter, consult the resources in “Finding Virginia Authors for Reviews, Programs, & Collection Development” (p. 23). Remember to keep an eye on local events. Whether at a library, coffee house, bookstore, concert hall, or theatre, there are plenty of local writers, poets, musicians, and contributors to dramatic works who display their talents in our communities. Periodic searches of your library catalogs for subject headings such as “Authors, American—Virginia” and “Virginia — Fiction” (as well as Juvenile fiction, Poetry, History, Drama, etc.), as well as keyword searches for “Virginia authors” and the like, may assist in finding materials to consider. In addition to adding richness to the collections of libraries across the state, we hope that your reviews will also assist us in inspiring publishers and content providers to send more review copies in the future.

Ideally, reviews will concern work released to the public within the last two years. We ask that potential reviewers make themselves familiar with the length, diction, and style of the reviews from this and past issues. In general, reviews of about 300–2,500 words seem to work best, but we are open to exceptions.

We invite potential reviewers to contact both Cy Dillon ( and Lyn C. A. Gardner ( with proposals for reviews or simply to say you are willing to submit reviews in the future.

We do welcome review copies from publishers, and we’re grateful to those publishers who have submitted material. Publishers should send review copies to Cy Dillon, Ferrum College, P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, Virginia 24088.

Become a supporter of Virginia arts and help build Virginia library collections. Become a reviewer for Virginia Libraries. VL

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