Winners and Finalists 2006-2011

2011 Washington State Book Awards

Fiction Winner: Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (Grove/Atlantic, Inc.)

Finalists: Healer by Carol Cassella (Simon & Schuster); Border Road by Susan Froderberg (Little Brown & Co.); Marry or Burn: Stories by Valerie Trueblood (Counterpoint Press); The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter (Harper).

Poetry Winner: The Bled by Frances McCue (Factory Hollow Press)

Finalists: Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room by Kelli Russell Agodon (White Pine Press); The Morning News Is Exciting by Don Mee Choi (Action Books); Requiem for the Orchard by Oliver de la Paz (University of Akron Press); The Alchemist’s Kitchen by Susan Rich (White Pine Press).

Biography/Memoir Winner: The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White by Doug Merlino (Bloomsbury)

Finalists: Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life by Kurt Hoelting (Da Capo Press); Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year by Robert Michael Pyle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey by Ana Maria Spagna (University of Nebraska Press).

History/General Nonfiction Winner: The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War by David Laskin (Harper).

Finalists: Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle by Thea Cooper (St. Martin’s Press); The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs: Revisiting the Northwest Towns of Richard Hugo by Frances McCue (University of Washington Press); Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields (Alfred A. Knopf); Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature’s Bounty by Craig Welch (HarperCollins).

Picture Book Winner: Polar Opposites written and illustrated by Erik Brooks (Marshall Cavendish)

Book for Early Readers (6- to 9-year-old readers): Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings (Egmont USA)

Middle Grades and Young Adults (10- to 18-year-old readers): Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (Henry Holt & Co.)

2010 Washington State Book Awards

Fiction Winner: Border Songs by Jim Lynch (Alfred A. Knopf)

Finalists: Misconception by Ryan Boudinot (Grove/Atlantic); Spooner by Pete Dexter (Grand Central Publishing); Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (Ballantine).

Poetry Winner: Inseminating the Elephant by Lucia Perillo (Copper Canyon Press)

Finalists: Face by Sherman Alexie (Hanging Loose Press); Ezekiel’s Wheels by Shirley Kaufman (Copper Canyon Press); The Tangled Line by Tod Marshall (Canarium Books); Upgraded to Serious by Heather McHugh (Copper Canyon Press); Prisoner of the Swifts by Judith Skillman (Ahadada Books).

History/Biography Winner: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Finalists: The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown (William Morrow); Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Unearthing of Tse-whit-zen Village by Lynda Mapes (University of Washington Press); The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest by Jack Nisbet (Sasquatch Books); I’m Down: A Memoir by Mishna Wolff (St. Martins Press).

General Nonfiction Winner: Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science by Carol Yoon (W.W. Norton)

Finalists: Puget Sound Through an Artist’s Eye by Tony Angell (University of Washington Press); Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little Brown & Company); Blessing of the Animals by Brenda Miller (Eastern Washington University Press); Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology by David Williams (Walker & Company).

Picture Book Winner: Before You Were Here, Mi Amor by Samantha Vamos, illustrated by Santiago Cohen (Viking Children’s Books)

Book for Early Readers (6- to 9-year-old readers) Winner: The Magical Ms. Plum by Bonny Becker (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Middle Grades and Young Adults (10- to 18-year-old readers) Winner: Brutal by Michael Harmon (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)


2009 Washington State Book Awards

Fiction Winner: All About Lulu by Jonathan Evison (Soft Skull Press)

Finalists: Guernica by Dave Boling (Bloomsbury); Oxygen by Carol Cassella (Simon & Schuster); The Other by David Guterson (Alfred A. Knopf); White Jade and Other Stories by Alex Kuo (Wordcraft).

Poetry Winner: A Map of the Night by David Wagoner (University of Illinois Press)

Finalists: A Moon Over Wings by Thomas Aslin (Clark City Press); Flight: New and Selected Poems by Linda Bierds (G.P. Putnam’s Sons); Friendly Fire by Katrina Roberts (Lost Horse Press); The Radium Watch Dial Painters by D.S. Butterworth (Lost Horse Press).

History/Biography Winner:  Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces by Robert Clark (Doubleday)

Finalists: Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo by Kate Jackson (Harvard University Press); It’s Not About the Hair: And Other Uncertainties of Life & Cancer by Debra Jarvis (Sasquatch Books); Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life by Jim Kershner (University of Washington Press); Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot by Richard Scheuerman (Washington State University Press).

General Nonfiction Winner: S’abadeb: The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Arts and Artists, edited by Barbara Brotherton (Seattle Art Museum/University of Washington Press)

Finalists: The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds by Paul Bannick (Mountaineers Books); The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird by Bruce Barcott (Random House); The Weather of the Pacific Northwest by Cliff Mass (University of Washington Press); The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead by David Shields (Alfred A. Knopf).

Picture Book Winner: What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley, of McKinleyville, Calif., and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Honorable Mention: A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady M. Denton (Candlewick Press)

Middle Grades and Young Adults (10- to 18-year-old readers) Winner: Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster in the Antarctic, 1910-13 by Richard Farr (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

2008 Washington State Book Awards


Fiction Winner: Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff (HarperCollins)

Finalists: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (Ballantine Books); Male of the Species by Alex Mindt (Delphinium Books); Strange as This Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake (Shoemaker & Hoard); Fish Grooming and Other Stories by Joseph Powell (March Street Press).

Poetry Winner: The Grace of Necessity by Samuel Green(Carnegie-Mellon University Press)

Finalists: Mars Being Red by Marvin Bell (Copper Canyon Press); Red Studio by Mary Cornish (Oberlin College Press); What’s Written on the Body by Peter Pereira (Copper Canyon Press).

History/Biography Winner: Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place by Coll Thrush (University of Washington Press)

Finalists: Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign by Michael K. Honey (W.W. Norton & Co.); Lionel H. Pries, Architect, Artist, Educator: From Arts and Crafts to Modern Architecture by Jeffrey Ochsner (University of Washington Press).

General Nonfiction Winner: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery (University of California Press)

Finalists: The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn (Viking Books); Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible’s Harlot Queen by Lesley Hazleton (Doubleday); The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster and the Water We Drink by Robert Morris (HarperCollins); Sky Time in Grays River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place by Robert Michael Pyle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

The winners of the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award:

Rabbit’s Gift, a picture book by George Shannon illustrated by Laura Dronzek (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a book for middle grades and young adults by Sherman Alexie (Little Brown Young Readers)

Details on the 2008 awards and judges can be found on The Seattle Public Library’s website here.


2007 Washington State Book Awards


Fiction Winner: The Dead Fish Museum by Charles D’Ambrosio (Alfred A. Knopf)

Finalists: The Littlest Hitler: Stories by Ryan Boudinot (Counterpoint); The Inhabited World by David Long (Houghton Mifflin); The Zero by Jess Walter (Regan Books)

Poetry Winner: Spectral Waves by Madeline DeFrees (Copper Canyon Press)

Finalists: Famous by Kathleen Flenniken (University of Nebraska Press); Dear Ghosts by Tess Gallagher (Graywolf Press); Dark Alphabet by Jennifer Maier (Southern Illinois University Press); Potscrubber Lullabies by Eric McHenry (Waywiser Press)

History/Biography Winner: James Tiptree Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips (St. Martins Press)

Finalists: Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown (Lyons Press); Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix by Charles Cross (Hyperion); Pilgrim on the Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks by Lyanda Lynn Haupt (Little, Brown); Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk (Houghton Mifflin)

General Nonfiction Winner: River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia by William D. Layman  (University of Washington Press)

The 2007 winners of the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award are:

Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant a picture book by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger (Greenwillow Books)

Grand & Humble by Brent Hartinger (Harper Tempest)

Finalists: Moose Tracks by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jack E. Davis (Margaret K. McElderry Books); Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (Delacorte Press); Voyage of Plunder by Michele Torrey (Alfred A. Knopf).

Details on the 2007 awards and judges can be found on The Seattle Public Library’s website here.


2006 Washington State Book Awards

Fiction Winner: A Sudden Country by Karen Fisher (Random House)

Finalists: The Testing of Luther Albright by MacKenzie Bezos (Fourth Estate); Shoot the Buffalo by Matt Briggs (Clear Cut Press); Frances Johnson by Stacey Levine (Clear Cut Press); My Jim by Nancy Rawles (Crown); Citizen Vince by Jess Walter (Regan Books).

Poetry: Luck Is Luck by Lucia Perillo (Random House)

Finalists:  Bellini in Istanbul by Lillias Bever (Tupelo); First Hand by Linda Bierds (G.P. Putnam’s Sons); Taken With by J.W. Marshall (Wood Works); The Quick by Katrina Roberts (University of Washington Press); Good Morning and Good Night by David Wagoner (University of Illinois Press).

History/Biography Winner: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin)

Finalists:  On American Soil by Jack Hamann (Algonquin); Strawberry Days by David Neiwert (Palgrave MacMillan); Michelangelo’s Mountain by Eric Scigliano (Free Press).

General Nonfiction Winner: In the Company of Crows and Ravens by John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell (Yale University Press)

Finalists: 58 Degrees North by Hugo Kugiya (Bloomsbury); Home Stand by James McKean (Michigan State University Press); Toward a New Regionalism by David Miller (University of Washington Press); My Holy War by Jonathan Raban (New York Review of Books).


The 2006 winners of the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award are:

So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? a picture book by Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
The Witch’s Boy, a novel by Michael Gruber, of Seattle (HarperTempest)

Finalists: The Bora-Bora Dress by Carole Lexa Schaefer, illustrated by Catherine Stock (Candlewick); Wild Roses by Deb Caletti (Simon & Schuster)

Details on the 2006  awards and judges can be found on The Seattle Public Library’s website here.