Nono Burling/ August 16, 2017/ Washington State Book Awards

Stack of books with book spines showing all finalists for the 2017 Washington State Book AwardsThe Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library, announces the finalists in eight categories for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2016. This is the 51st year of the program, formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards.

Winners will be announced at the awards celebration, held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. A reception and book signing will follow in the Norcliffe Foundation Living Room on Level 3 of the Central Library, with book sales by Third Place Books. This event is free and open to the public.

A book award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

2017 WSBA FINALISTS: BOOKS FOR ADULTS CATEGORIES

Fiction

  Poetry

  Biography/Memoir

History/General Nonfiction

2017 WSBA FINALISTS: BOOKS FOR YOUTH CATEGORIES

Picture Books

  Books for Young Readers (ages 6 to 8)

  Books for Middle Readers (ages 8 to 12)

  Books for Young Adults (ages 13 and up)

The authors of the award-winning books, as well as the illustrator of the picture book, will receive a $500 honorarium, thanks to the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

JUDGES

The jury for the adult awards included Linda Andrews, English instructor, Walla Walla Community College; Lisa Bitney, adult services librarian, Tacoma Public Library; Pam Cady, manager, University Book Store; Lisa Gresham, collection support manager, Whatcom County Library System.

The jury for the youth awards included Sheri Boggs, youth collection development librarian, Spokane County Library District; Tom Brown, librarian, Seattle Public Schools; and Raina Sedore, youth services librarian, Timberland Library System.