Announcing the 2018 Book Award Finalists!

Linda Johns/ August 10, 2018/ Books, Washington authors, Washington State Book Awards

Congratulations to the finalists in the 2018 Washington State Book Awards

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel, of Seattle (Flatiron Books)
The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman, of Seattle (Simon & Schuster)
The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper, of Seattle (HarperCollins)
Solar Reboot by Matthew D. Hunt, of Clearview (Matthew D. Hunt)
George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl, of Seattle (Touchstone)
Duplicity by Ingrid Thoft, of Seattle (Putnam)

Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table by Langdon Cook, of Seattle (Ballantine Books)
Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt, of Seattle (Little, Brown & Company)
Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil to Life by David R. Montgomery, of Seattle (W.W. Norton)
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White, of Orcas Island (Trinity University Press)
Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal by David B. Williams and Jennifer Ott, of Seattle, and the Staff of HistoryLink (HistoryLink and Documentary Media)
Ghosts of Seattle Past, various authors, curated and edited by Jaimee Garbacik, formerly of Seattle (Chin Music Press)

Thresholds by Glenna Cook, of Tacoma (MoonPath Press)
Killing Marias: A Poem for Multiple Voices by Claudia Castro Luna, of Seattle (Two Sylvias Press)
Timber Curtain by Frances McCue, of Seattle (Chin Music Press)
Mary’s Dust by Melinda Mueller, of Seattle (Entre Rios Books)
Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces by Eugenia Toledo, of Seattle; translated by Carolyne Wright, of Seattle (Mayapple Press)
Water & Salt by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, of Redmond (Red Hen Press)

The Chicken Who Saved Us by Kristin Jarvis Adams, of Redmond (Behler Publications)
All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter, of Seattle (Public Affairs Books)
The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe, of Seattle (Dey Street/ HarperColllins)

Books for Young Adult Readers (ages 13 and up)
Breakfast with Neruda by Laura Moe, of Lynnwood (Merit Press)
This Impossible Light by Lily Myers, of Seattle (Philomel Books)
The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes, of Spokane (Dial Books)
Girls Like Me by Nina Packebush, of Lummi (Bedazzled Ink)
The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by Randall Platt, of Port Orchard (Sky Pony Press)

Books for Middle Grade Readers (ages 8 to 12)
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury, of Burlington (A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats, of Everett (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors, of Bainbridge Island (Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers)
The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang, of Kirkland (Spark Press)

Books for Young Readers (ages 6 to 8):
Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro, of Issaquah (Innovation Press)
King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler, of Kirkland (Peachtree Publishers)

Picture Books
Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, of Seattle and Kate Harvey McGee (Candlewick Press)
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken, of Olympia (Dial Books for Young Readers)
Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley, of Bellevue, illustrated by Tracy Subisak, of Portland (Roaring Book Press)
Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi, of North Bend (Little Bigfoot / Sasquatch Books)

The 2018 Washington State Book Awards honor books published by Washington authors in 2017. One winner in each category will be announced at the Washington State Book Awards ceremony and reception on Saturday, Oct. 13, at The Seattle Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Seattle. An award is given based on a book’s literary merit, lasting importance, and overall quality of the publication. You can see the full criteria here.

We are grateful to our panel of judges who read and evaluated 230 books submitted for the 2018 awards.

The 2018 Washington State Book Awards are made possible in part thanks to the generous support
of the Amazon Literary Partnership.

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