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Release Date: 09/21/2007

Washington Center for the Book announces 2007 Washington State Book Award winners

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library announced that six books written by local authors are winners of the 2007 Washington State Book Awards.

These authors will be honored at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at a public ceremony at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., in the Microsoft Auditorium on Level 1. This program is free and open to the public. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for a $5 special event rate.

The event will feature remarks and readings by the award recipients. A reception and book signing will follow the program.

This is the 41st 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 2007 Washington State Book Award winners are:


  1. Fiction: "The Dead Fish Museum" by Charles D'Ambrosio, who now lives in Portland, Ore. (Alfred A. Knopf)

    "The Littlest Hitler: Stories" by Ryan Boudinot, of Seattle (Counterpoint
    "The Inhabited World" by David Long, of Tacoma (Houghton Mifflin
    "The Zero" by Jess Walter, of Spokane (Regan Books)
  2. Poetry: "Spectral Waves" by Madeline DeFrees, of Seattle's Ballard neighborhood (Copper Canyon Press)

    "Famous" by Kathleen Flenniken, of Seattle (University of Nebraska Press)
    "Dear Ghosts," by Tess Gallagher, of Port Angeles, Wash. (Graywolf Press)
    "Dark Alphabet" by Jennifer Maier, of Seattle (Southern Illinois University Press)
    "Potscrubber Lullabies" by Eric McHenry, of Seattle (Waywiser Press)
  3. History/Biography: "James Tiptree Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips, who now lives in Amsterdam (St. Martins Press)

    "Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894" by Daniel James Brown, of Redmond, Wash. (Lyons Press)
    "Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix" by Charles Cross, of Shoreline, Wash. (Hyperion)
    "Pilgrim on the Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin's Lost Notebooks" by Lyanda Lynn Haupt, of Seattle (Little, Brown)
    "Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness" by Joshua Wolf Shenk, now of Brooklyn, N.Y. (Houghton Mifflin)
  4. General Nonfiction: "River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia" by William D. Layman, of Wenatchee (University of Washington Press)

    The 2007 winners of the Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award are:
  5. "Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant" a picture book by Jack Prelutsky (author), of Bainbridge Island, and Carin Berger (illustrator), of New York City (Greenwillow Books)

    "Moose Tracks" by Karma Wilson (author), of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and Jack E. Davis (illustrator), of Port Townsend, Wash. (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  6. "Grand & Humble," a novel by Brent Hartinger, of Tacoma (Harper Tempest)

    "Hattie Big Sky" by Kirby Larson, of Kenmore, Wash. (Delacorte Press)
    "Voyage of Plunder" by Michele Torrey, of South Bend, Wash. (Alfred A. Knopf)


"The judges' discussions were, as usual, thoughtful and passionate," said Chris Higashi, program manager of the Washington Center for the Book. "The awards ceremony is always one of the year's highlights. Listening to the authors read from their award-winning books, it's easy to see why the books were chosen out of all the books published last year by Washington authors."

The jury for the adult awards included Karen Maeda Allman, writer and bookseller, The Elliott Bay Book Company; Michael Coy, owner and bookseller, M. Coy Books; Sean McDowell, assistant professor of English, Seattle University; Lorena O'English, Social Sciences reference & instruction librarian, Washington State University, Pullman; and Robert Sindelar, managing partner, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park.

The jury for the Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award included Mary Harris, co-owner, Parkplace Books, Kirkland; Dianna LaBate, school librarian, Stillwater Elementary, Duvall; and Judy Nelson, youth services coordinator, Pierce County Library System.

The authors of the six award-winning books, as well as the illustrator of the picture book, will receive a $1,000 honorarium, thanks to the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi.

For more information contact:


Linda Johns, Coordinator for Washington Center for the Book

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