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Release Date: 03/05/2007

Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library named top winner of 2006 James Patterson Page Turner Awards

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library will receive $100,000 as the top winner of the 2006 James Patterson Page Turner Awards. The center will receive $25,000 per year over four years.

The Page Turner Awards go to institutions that find original and creative ways to spread the joy of books and reading. The 39 awards, which range from $5,000 to $100,000 each, were announced publicly on March 2.

"To receive this award is a tremendous honor and wonderful recognition of 'Seattle Reads' and our other programming," said Chris Higashi, program manager of the Washington Center for the Book. "I can hardly express my gratitude to James Patterson."

The awards committee praised the center's "Seattle Reads" program, which has been emulated in hundreds of communities across the country and internationally. The featured title for 2007 is "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri, who will visit Seattle May 14 - 15 to talk with readers about her critically acclaimed first novel.

The center is devoted to celebrating the written word and encouraging the exchange of ideas evoked by literature and the humanities. Through book discussions and other literary and humanities programs, the center strives to broaden and deepen appreciation for literature that expands the world of the reader. Established in 1989, it is one of 50 state affiliates of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

"All of the literary and humanities programming by the center is made possible by private contributions, grants, and support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation," said Higashi. "Winning this award means we are able to continue, and to enhance, the Library's free literary programming for the people of Seattle."

For more information on the Library's award or the center, contact Higashi, (206) 386-4650. For more information on the Page Turner Awards, visit

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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