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Release Date: 09/03/2014

Washington Center for the Book announces 2014 Washington State Book Award finalists

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The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library announces the finalists for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. The awards honor outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2013. Eight winners will be announced at a special public event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.


Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. The Library will close at its regular Friday time of 6 p.m. and will reopen at the Fourth Avenue entrance at 6:30 p.m. for this event. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.


This is the first year winners will be announced the night of the public reception. After brief readings from the winning titles, a reception with music, book sales and signings will follow in the Central Library's Living Room on Level 3. Light refreshments will be served. The Seattle7Writers cover band, The Rejections (and Trailing Spouses) will perform. The celebration is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.


This is the 48th 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 2014 Washington State Book Award finalists are:








History/General Nonfiction


Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award Finalists

Picture Book


Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8), Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12), and Young Adults (ages 13 to 18)

"The Wrap-Up List" by Steven Arntson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

"Wise Young Fool" by Sean Beaudoin (Little, Brown and Company)

"And Then, Story Starters" by M.H. Clark (Compendium, Inc.)

"Jumped In" by Patrick Flores-Scott (Henry Holt)

"The League" by Thatcher Heldring (Delacorte Press)

"Duke" by Kirby Larson (Scholastic Press)

"The Sasquatch Escape" by Suzanne Selfors (Little, Brown and Company)


The authors of the eight award-winning books, as well as the illustrator of the picture book, will receive a $500 honorarium, thanks to the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi, and Grace Nordhoff.


The jury for the adult awards included Beth Blakesley, associate dean of libraries, Washington State University, Pullman; Stesha Brandon, program director, Town Hall; Kevin Craft, executive editor, Poetry Northwest, and chair, English Department, Everett Community College; and Jamil Zaidi, bookseller, buyer, assistant manager, The Elliott Bay Book Company.


The jury for the Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award included Tom Brown, librarian, Laurelhurst Elementary; Judy Hobbs, recently retired children's book buyer, Third Place Books; and Carmine Rau, children's librarian, Bainbridge Public Library.


For more information, call Chris Higashi, program manager of the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library, at 206-386-4650 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:


Linda Johns, Coordinator for Washington Center for the Book

Andra Addison, communications director

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