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2017 Washington State Book Awards
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
2017 Washington State Book Awards
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
SummaryCelebrate the literature and incredible authors of Washington at this year's Washington State Book Awards! Free and open to the public.
DescriptionThe Washington State Book Awards recognize outstanding poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children's and teen literature published in 2016 and penned by a Washington writer.

The 2017 finalists are:

Fiction: "The Solace of Monsters" by Laurie Blauner; "Stories of Your Life and Others" by Ted Chiang; "Barkskins" by Annie Proulx; "Lovecraft Country" by Matt Ruff; "Daredevils" by Shawn Vestal.

Poetry: "Hardly War" by Don Mee Choi; "My, My, My, My, My" by Tara Hardy; "Imaginary Vessels" by Paisley Rekdal; "Blood Song" by Michael Schmeltzer; "Wintering" by Megan Snyder-Camp.

Biography/Memoir: "Inside: One Woman's Journey through the Inside Passage" by Susan Marie Conrad; "An Earlier Life" by Brenda Miller; "Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman" by Lindy West, “My Old Man and the Mountain” by Leif Whittaker.

History/General Nonfiction: "The Immortal Irishman" by Timothy Egan; “Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens" by Steve Olson; "While the City Slept” by Eli Sanders; "Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild" by Adrienne Ross Scanlan; "Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge" by Margaret Willson.

Picture Books: "Thunder Boy Jr." written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales; "A Ticket to the Pennant: A Tale of Baseball in Seattle" written by Mark Holtzen and illustrated by John Skewes; "Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko" narrative written by David Jacobson with translation by Sally Ito and Michiko Tsuboi, and illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri; "Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West" illustrated by Robin James and written by Emma Bland Smith.

Books for Young Readers (ages 6 to 8): "Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea" by Ben Clanton; "Zach and Lucy and the Museum of Natural Wonders" written by the Pifferson Sisters - Jennifer Bradbury and Stephanie Guerra; "Quackers" by Liz Wong.

Books for Middle Readers (ages 8 to 12): "Cleo Edison Oliver: Playground Millionaire" by Sundee T. Frazier; "Some Kind of Courage" by Dan Gemeinhart; "Audacity Jones to the Rescue" by Kirby Larson.

Books for Young Adults (ages 13 and up): "Useless Bay" by M.J. Beaufrand; "Essential Maps for the Lost" by Deb Caletti; "Up to This Pointe" by Jennifer Longo.

We’ll begin the evening in the Microsoft Auditorium for the awards ceremony where we’ll announce the winners and hear brief readings from the winning titles. Paul Hanson, owner of Village Books in Bellingham, will emcee the ceremony. A reception, book sales and signing will follow in the Central Library Living Room on Level 3. Both the awards ceremony and the reception are free and open to all. Our bookstore partner Third Place Books will have books available for purchase during the reception.

A panel of independent booksellers and librarians will select the finalists and winners.

The Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of the Washington State Library and The Seattle Public Library, administers the annual Washington State Book Awards given for outstanding books published by Washington authors and to bring attention to the quality of writing being produced in Washington. Books are judged on literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality of the publication.

For more information on the awards, criteria and previous winners, please see the Washington State Book Award page. Additional sponsors include Village Books in Bellingham and Elliott Bay Book Co. in Seattle.
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required.

Note: The Library will close at its regular Saturday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for the $7 weekend rate.
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