WA Do I Read Next?

WA Do I Read Next?

At the recent Washington Library Association Conference in Bellevue, we had the pleasure of talking about some brilliant recent titles by Washington state authors. Our panel consisted of Washington Center for the Book co-managers Linda Johns (The Seattle Public Library) and Sara Peté (Washington State Library) together with three of our delightful current and/or past Washington State Book Award Judges:…

Meet our 2022 WSBA Judges!

Meet our 2022 WSBA Judges!

Meet our 2022 Washington State Book Award (WSBA) Judges! We are thrilled to introduce our wonderful panel of 2022 Washington State Book award judges who are currently deep into reading and reviewing hundreds of books (published in 2021) from authors across the state. Our judging panels are made up of academic, public and school librarians, booksellers, and authors. We are…

Washington Center for the Book presents the Washington Author Project

Washington Center for the Book presents the Washington Author Project

Washington Center for the Book launches local author contest Washington Author Project creates opportunities for indie-published authors Washington Center for the Book, in partnership with Library Journal and BiblioBoard‘s Indie Author Project, is pleased to join in the announcement of a local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top…

2022 Literary Awards: Spotlight on Washington Authors

2022 Literary Awards: Spotlight on Washington Authors

2022 Literary Awards: Spotlight on Washington Authors Here at the Washington Center for the Book we’d like to say an extra special CONGRATULATIONS to the many Washington authors who received awards and honors for their stellar books during ALA’s LibLearnX conference this winter. We thank them for their wonderful work and for sharing their words with us all! Donna Barba…

7th Annual Washington State Zine Contest

7th Annual Washington State Zine Contest

7th Annual Washington State Zine Contest! The 7th Annual Washington State Zine Contest is open and we can’t wait to check out the creations that will roll in from locations around the state. The deadline is Feb. 25, 2022 so zine creators of all ages have plenty of time to create a zine on any theme and mail it in…

Washington State Book Awards 2021!

Washington State Book Awards 2021!

We are delighted to announce the eight winners and 35 finalists for the 2021 Washington State Book Awards (for books published in 2021)!  Find the full list of 43 books from Washington authors and illustrators here. And here is a sneak peek at the winners: The eight award winners are: Jess Walter for “The Cold Millions” (Fiction); E.J. Koh for…

Bring the National Book Festival to Your Branch!

Bring the National Book Festival to Your Branch!

Bring the National Book Festival to Your Branch! The Library of Congress wants this year’s festival to truly be a National Book Festival (NBF) —and would love your help in making this happen in our state. As a state affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the Washington Center for the Book has access to a list…

Summer Book Bingo — for grown-ups!

Summer Book Bingo — for grown-ups!

Are your adult patrons feeling nostalgic for the days when they participated in summer reading programs? Here’s a way to give them a version made just for grown ups: Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo 2021! Below are Book Bingo cards — in English and Spanish — for your library, patrons, and community. (The images at the bottom of this post…

6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest Winners Announced

6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest Winners Announced

Winners of the 6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest have been announced! Pre-4th Grade Rocks Everywhere by Manya Saxena Grades 4-6 The Adventure of Unihorn by Kaylee Klebanow Grades 7-9 This Zine is Anti-Racist by Miguel Martinez Adults Together Apart by Questen Inghram and Ava Stuller Find more information about the contest and past winners here. Consider submitting a zine…