2016 Washington State Book Awards
Fiction Winner: The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields (Henry Holt)
Finalists: Black River by S.M. Hulse (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Language Arts by Stephanie Kallos (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley by Ann Pancake (Counterpoint); American Copper by Shann Ray (Unbridled Books).
Poetry Winner: Reconnaissance by Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Finalists: 88 Maps by Rob Carney (Lost Horse Press); Tributaries by Laura Da’, (University of Arizona Press); Her Animals by Emily Johnston (Hummingbird Press); Hive by Christina Stoddard, (University of Wisconsin Press).
Biography/Memoir Winner: Road Trip by Mark Rozema (Red Hen Press)
Finalists: Wondering Who You Are by Sonya Lea (Tin House Books); Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax by Michael N. McGregor (Fordham University Press); Reclaimers by Ana Maria Spagna (University of Washington Press); Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow by Tara Austen Weaver (Ballantine Books).
History/General Nonfiction Winner: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (Crown Publishers)
Finalists: The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson (Basic Books); Ozette: Excavating a Makah Whaling Village by Ruth Kirk (University of Washington Press); Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us by David Neiwert (Overlook Press); Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest by Jack Nisbet (Sasquatch Books).
Picture Book Winner: Boats for Papa written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley (Roaring Brook Press)
Finalists: Strictly No Elephants written by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster); Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah written by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls (Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children’s Books).
Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8) Winner: Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood (Dial Books)
Finalist: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers).
Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12) Winner: Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Finalist: Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala (Philomel Books).
Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18) Winner: The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books)
Finalist: Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams (Simon Pulse)
2015 Washington State Book Awards: Winners and Finalists
Fiction Winner: The Hour of Lead by Bruce Holbert (Counterpoint Press)
Finalists: Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom (Viking/Penguin); A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun (Penguin Books); The Iron Sickle by Martin Limón (Soho Press); The Dismal Science by Peter Mountford (Tin House Books).
Biography/Memoir Winner: Loitering: New and Collected Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio (Tin House Books)
Finalists: Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West by Bryce Andrews (Atria Books); Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn (Viking); Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins (Ecco Press); My Body Is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta (Red Hen Press).
History/General Nonfiction Winner: Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound by Justin Wadland (Oregon State University Press)
Finalists: In Season: Culinary Adventures of a Pacific Northwest Chef by Greg Atkinson (Sasquatch Books); The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby by William Dietrich (Braided River); When Money Grew on Trees: A.B. Hammond and the Age of the Timber Baron by Greg Gordon (University of Oklahoma Press); Mary Randlett Portraits by Frances McCue (University of Washington Press).
Picture Book Winner: Two Speckled Eggs, written and illustrated by Jennifer K. Mann (Candlewick Press)
Finalists: Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Color, written and illustrated by Keith Baker (Beach Lane Books); Hands Say Love by George Shannon, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo (Little Brown Books for Young Readers); S Is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet, written and illustrated by Hannah Viano (Sasquatch Books).
Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12) Winner: Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson (Andrews McNeel Publishing)
Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18) Winner: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (Candlewick Press)
Finalists: Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell (Abrams Books for Young Readers); Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick (Wendy Lamb Books); Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo (Random House Books for Young Readers).
2014 Washington State Book Awards: Winners and Finalists
Fiction Winner: Hild by Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Finalists: Temple Grove by Scott Elliott (University of Washington Press); Half as Happy by Gregory Spatz (Engine Books); We Live in Water by Jess Walter (Harper Perennial); Wilderness by Lance Weller (Bloomsbury).
Poetry Winner: Rough Day by Ed Skoog (Copper Canyon Press)
Finalists: What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned by Sherman Alexie (Hanging Loose Press); Self-Storage by Rebecca Hoogs (Stephen F. Austin University Press); Through the Second Skin by Derek Sheffield (Orchises Press); Pacific Walkers by Nance van Winckel (University of Washington Press).
Biography/Memoir Winner: The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century by David Laskin (Viking Books)
Finalists: Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge (Drawn & Quarterly); Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin by Nicole Hardy (Hyperion Books); Driving Home: An American Journey by Jonathan Raban (Sasquatch Books).
History/General Nonfiction Winner: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (Viking Books)
Finalists: The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: The Redemption of Herbert Niccolls Jr. by Nancy Bartley (University of Washington Press); The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook (Ballantine Books); Wolves in the Land of Salmon by David Moskowitz (Timber Press).
Picture Book Winner: What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom (Compendium Kids)
Finalists: Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin (Henry Holt); Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger (Greenwillow Books); Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden, illustrated by Renata Liwska (Little, Brown and Company); Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? by George Shannon, illustrated by Julie Paschkis (Henry Holt).
Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8) Winner: And Then, Story Starters by M.H. Clark (Compendium, Inc.)
Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12) Winner: The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors (Little, Brown and Company)
Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18) Winner: Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott (Henry Holt)
Finalists for Books for Youth Categories: The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin (Little, Brown and Company); The League by Thatcher Heldring (Delacorte Press); Duke by Kirby Larson (Scholastic Press).
2013 Washington State Book Awards: Winners and Finalists
Fiction Winner: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (HarperCollins Publishers)
Finalists: Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot (Grove/Atlantic); The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin Books); Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain by Lucia Perillo (W.W. Norton & Co.); Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (HarperCollins Publishers).
Poetry Winner: Plume by Kathleen Flenniken (University of Washington Press)
Finalists: Theophobia by Bruce Beasley (BOA Editions, Ltd.); Raptor by Andrew Feld (University of Chicago Press); Here I Throw Down My Heart by Colleen McElroy (University of Pittsburgh Press); Lacemakers by Claire McQuerry (Southern Illinois University Press).
Biography/Memoir Winner: Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Finalists: Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me by Ellen Forney(Gotham Books); What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes (Grove/Atlantic); The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez(Lyons Press).
History/General Nonfiction Winner: The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood by David Montgomery (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Finalists: The Lost Bank: The Story of the Biggest Bank Failure in American History by Kirsten Grind (Simon & Schuster); Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden (Viking Press); David Douglas, A Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest by Jack Nisbet (Sasquatch Books); Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
Picture Book Winner: Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic Press)
Honorable Mention: A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (Candlewick Press)
Young Adults (13- to 18-year-old readers) Winner: The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
Honorable Mention: Liberty’s Christmas by Randall Platt (Texas Tech University Press)
2012 Washington State Book Awards: Winners and Finalists
Fiction Winner: A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism by Peter Mountford (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Finalists: West of Here by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin Books); Ed King by David Guterson (Alfred A. Knopf); The Girl With Brown Fur: Tales Stories by Stacey Levine (Starcherone Books)
Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories by Melinda Moustakis (University of Georgia Press).
Poetry Winner: Woodnote by Christine Deavel (Bear Star Press)
Finalists: Every Dress a Decision by Elizabeth Austen; What Have You Done to Our Ears to Make Us Hear Echoes? by Arlene Kim (Milkweed Editions); Underdog by Katrina Roberts (University of Washington Press); The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception by Martha Silano (Saturnalia Books).
Biography/Memoir Winner: In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau by Paul Lindhold (The University of Iowa Press)
Finalists: Horses Never Lie About Love: The Heartwarming Story of a Remarkable Horse Who Changed the World Around Her by Jana Harris (Free Press); Shiro: Wit, Wisdom & Recipes from a Sushi Pioneer by Shiro Kashiba (Chin Music Press); Who In This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition by Katherine Malmo (Calyx Books); Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness by Ana Maria Spanga (Oregon State University Press).
History/General Nonfiction Winner: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (Crown Publishers)
Finalists: A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz (Basic Books); Finding the River: An Environmental History of the Elwha by Jeff Crane (Oregon State University Press); Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West by John Findlay and Bruce Hevly (University of Washington Press); Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson (Basic Books).
Picture Book Winner: To Market, To Market,written and illustrated by Nikki McClure (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Middle Grade and Young Adults (10- to 18-year-old readers) Winner: Something to Hold by Katherine Schlick Noe (Clarion Books)
Finalist: Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man by Katherine Kirkpatrick (Holiday House)