The application is currently closed and we are in the process of matchmaking libraries and authors.  We were thrilled, and a bit overwhelmed, by the number of applicants.  We plan to make this an ongoing program and will continue matching writers and readers as our funds allow.

The Washington Center for the Book is excited to announce a new program — the Washington Author Tour — to bring authors to smaller and rural libraries across the state. The author visits will be scheduled beginning in April at no cost to libraries.

We know it can be a challenge for smaller libraries to budget for and bring authors to their communities, which is why we’re sponsoring select award-winning Washington authors to visit libraries in 2019. We have a slate of fiction and nonfiction authors, as well as authors of children’s and teen books . All have been winners or finalists for the Washington State Book Award.

We will compensate authors for their time and travel and provide libraries with a promotional toolkit with sample news releases, flyers, and social media posts. This program is completely free for libraries. The participating authors have all expressed interest in visiting all regions of our state, including the more remote areas. However, we want to make sure that we make the trip worth their while.  While we would like to accommodate everyone who is interested, we have a limited budget and will select libraries to host authors based on an application process.

If more than one library in your system is applying, please complete a separate application for each library. There is a place on the form to list those additional libraries name. We’d like to hear from each library separately to get an idea of your plans for community partners, venues, and such.

The application is short and shouldn’t take much time. Please complete this application by February 20, 2019. 

Once hosting libraries are selected, we will work with you to determine the best author to fit your library’s wishes.

Questions? Please email us at Washington Center for the Book: 

Nono Burling (Washington State Library) and Linda Johns (The Seattle Public Library)
Washington Center for the Book 


This program is funded in part by a generous grant from the Amazon Literary Partnership.