About Gigi

Author | Gerontologist | Community Advocate

Gigi Amateau’s first book for young adults, Claiming Georgia Tate, was published by Candlewick Press in 2005. That title was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and hailed by author Judy Blume: "It's rare and exciting to discover a talented new writer like Gigi Amateau." The Wall Street Journal called the book "an ambitious push into the young adult market." She is the author of six other books, including A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year and Chancey of the Maury River, A William Allen White Masters list title. Come August, Come Freedom, her first work of historical fiction, won the Library of Virginia's People Choice Award for fiction, was chosen by Bank Street College as a Best Children’s Book of the Year, and by the Virginia Library Association as a Jefferson Cup Honor book. 

Gigi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in urban studies and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a Master of Science in gerontology, also from VCU. She has worked in the health and human services sector for thirty years and is currently working toward her PhD in health-related sciences at VCU. 

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Awards & Recognition


best data insight, 2019

From Homeward for helping to identify an increase in homelessness among older adults, while overall homelessness in the Richmond region is declining. (Homelessness should be rare, brief, and nonrecurring for people of all ages.)

SOUTHERNERS OF THE YEAR from southern living, 2018

Honored with author Meg Medina for co-founding Girls of Summer, a summer reading program for girls, in partnership with Richmond Public Library. 


The Fellowship honors and extends Pat Asch’s legacy by providing a local woman with means that are critical to her ability to bring about change in her own life, with the intention of creating positive social change through Richmond’s nonprofit sector.

People's choice award - fiction from library of virginia, 2013

For Come August, Come Freedom

Theresa pollak prize for excellence in the arts, 2012

From Richmond magazine