Finalists for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards gather at The Seattle Public Library's Central Library on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. A full auditorium. Marcellus Turner, Director of the Seattle Public Library chatting with Deb Caletti (young adult finalist), Kirby Larson (middle reader finalist) and Don-Mee Choi (poetry finalist). Emcee Paul Hanson announcing a winner. Ben Clanton's book “Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea” won the award for Books for Young Readers (ages 6 to 8). M.J. Beaufrand's book “Useless Bay” won the award for Books for Young Adults (ages 13 and up). Kelly Evert and Paul Hanson of Bellingham's Village Books brought trivia and prizes for the audience. Shawn Vestal's book “Daredevils” won the award for Fiction. Steve Olson 's book “Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens” won the award for History/General Nonfiction. Tara Hardy's book “My, My, My, My, My” won the award for Poetry. “Some Kind of Courage” by Dan Gemeinhart won the award for Books for Middle Readers (ages 8 to 12). Sherman Alexie's "Thunder Boy Jr." won the Picture Book award. “An Earlier Life” by Brenda Miller won the award for Biography/Memoir. Book buying and signing at the reception. Third Place Books was our partner bookseller for the evening. All photos by Katrina Shelby Photography.