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Release Date: 09/07/2012

Washington Center for the Book announces 2012 Washington State Book Award winners

2012 Washington State Book Award winners

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library announces the winners of the 2012 Washington State Book Awards for six outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2011.


This is the 46th year of the program, formerly called the Governor's Writers Awards.


A book award is given based on the strength of the publication's literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality.


The 2012 Washington State Book Award winners are:



  • "A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism" by Peter Mountford, of Ballard in Seattle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


Fiction Finalists:

  • "West of Here" by Jonathan Evison, of Bainbridge Island (Algonquin Books)
  • "Ed King" by David Guterson, of Bainbridge Island (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • "The Girl With Brown Fur: Tales Stories" by Stacey Levine, of Capitol Hill in Seattle (Starcherone Books)
  • "Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories" by Melinda Moustakis, formerly of Tacoma, now in Princeton, New Jersey (University of Georgia Press)



  • "Woodnote" by Christine Deavel, of Wallingford in Seattle (Bear Star Press)


Poetry Finalists:

  • "Every Dress a Decision" by Elizabeth Austen, of West Seattle (Blue Begonia Press)
  • "What Have You Done to Our Ears to Make Us Hear Echoes?" by Arlene Kim, of Belltown in Seattle (Milkweed Editions)
  • "Underdog" by Katrina Roberts, of Walla Walla (University of Washington Press)
  • "The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception" by Martha Silano, of Mount Baker in Seattle (Saturnalia Books)



  • "In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau" by Paul Lindholdt, of Spokane (The University of Iowa Press)


Biography/Memoir Finalists:

  • "Horses Never Lie About Love: The Heartwarming Story of a Remarkable Horse Who Changed the World Around Her" by Jana Harris, of Sultan (Free Press)
  • "Shiro: Wit, Wisdom & Recipes from a Sushi Pioneer" by Shiro Kashiba, of Mercer Island (Chin Music Press)
  • "Who In This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition" by Katherine Malmo, of Matthews Beach in Seattle (Calyx Books)
  • "Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness" by Ana Maria Spanga, of Stehekin (Oregon State University Press)

History/General Nonfiction:

  • "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson, of Capitol Hill in Seattle (Crown Publishers)


History/General Nonfiction Finalists:

  • "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s" by Stephanie Coontz, of Olympia (Basic Books)
  • "Finding the River: An Environmental History of the Elwha" by Jeff Crane, who was born in Washington state and now lives in The Woodlands, Tex. (Oregon State University Press)
  • "Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West" by John Findlay, of Maple Leaf in Seattle, and Bruce Hevly, of Bryant in Seattle (University of Washington Press)
  • "Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle" by Thor Hanson, of Friday Harbor (Basic Books)


The winners of the Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award are:


Picture Book:

  • "To Market, To Market," written and illustrated by Nikki McClure, of Olympia (Abrams Books for Young Readers)


Middle Grades and Young Adults (10- to 18-year-old readers):

  • "Something to Hold" by Katherine Schlick Noe, of Queen Anne in Seattle (Clarion Books)


Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award finalist:

  • "Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man" by Katherine Kirkpatrick, of Lake City in Seattle (Holiday House)


The authors of the six award-winning books, as well as the illustrator of the picture book, will receive a $300 honorarium, thanks to the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi.


A party to celebrate the winners and finalists of the Washington State Book Awards will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. The celebration is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Richard Hugo House.


The jury for the adult awards included Karen Maeda Allman, bookseller and author events, The Elliott Bay Book Co.; Beth Blakesley, associate dean of libraries, Washington State University, Pullman; Stesha Brandon, manager of public relations and events, University Book Store; Kevin Craft, executive editor, Poetry Northwest, and chair, English Department, Everett Community College; and Paul Jensen, managing librarian, Kingsgate Library, King County Library System.


The jury for the Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award included Tom Brown, librarian, Laurelhurst Elementary; René Kirkpatrick, bookstore manager, Mockingbird Books, Lake Forest Park; and Maren Ostergard, early literacy and children's outreach librarian, King County Library System.

For more information contact:


Linda Johns, Coordinator for Washington Center for the Book

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