zine time

November 7, 2022

The days are short and wet. Daylight Savings Time is over. Before you settle in to hibernation, the Washington Center for the Book invites you to make and submit a zine to The 8th Annual Washington State Zine Contest. Submissions are open through Friday, February 24, 2023, and the complete guidelines are available online. At the same link, you can also see zines from previous winners and a video on how to make a zine.

Washington authors honored

November 3, 2022

The PALABRA Archive is a collection of audio recordings of poets and writers from Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, the Caribbean, and from other regions with Luso-Hispanic heritage reading from their works. Curated by the Library of Congress since 1943, the archive holds close to 800 recordings, a portion of which are available for online streaming.

The Washington Center for the Book, an affiliate of The Library of Congress administered by the Washington State Library, has just announced the addition of five Washington voices into the PALABRA Archive. New recordings by authors Kathleen Alcalá, Claudia Castro Luna, Carlos Gil, Kristen Millares Young, and Donna Miscolta are now part of the archive.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at Noon, an online event will celebrate the new recordings, the PALABRA Archive itself, and the beautiful work of these five authors. Each author will talk about what it means to them to be included in this historic, contemporary, living, and growing collection, and the Reference Librarian and Curator for the PALABRA Archive, Catalina Gomez, will provide some background on the collection’s history. The event is free with registration.

Congratulations, writers!

The Washington Center for the Book and The Seattle Public Library have just announced 39 finalists in eight categories for the 2022 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2021.

In poetry, the finalists are

  • Broken by Water: Salish Sea Years (Turning Point) by Gary Thompson
  • Dialogues with Rising Tides (Copper Canyon Press) by Kelli Russell Agodon
  • More American (Grid Books / Off the Grid Press) by Sharon Hashimoto
  • Self-Portrait with Cephalopod (Milkweed Editions) by Kathryn Smith
  • Stray Birds (Kelson Books) by Andrew Robin

Congratulations, poets!

See the complete list of 2022 finalists as well as winners and finalists from previous years, and stay tuned for the 2022 winners, to be announced on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2023 book awards, for books published in 2022.

finalists

August 26, 2020

The Washington Center for the Book has selected 39 finalists in eight categories for the 2020 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2019. The finalists in poetry are:

  • Bright Stain by Francesca Bell, formerly of Spokane now lives in Novato, CA (Red Hen Press)
  • Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest by David Guterson, of Bainbridge Island, illustrated by Justin Gibbens, of Thorp (Mountaineers Books)
  • All Its Charms by Keetje Kuipers, of Bainbridge Island (BOA Editions)
  • Hail and Farewell by Abby E. Murray, of Puyallup (Perugia Press)
  • Nightingale by Paisley Rekdal, formerly of Seattle now lives in Salt Lake City, UT (Copper Canyon Press)

Winners will be announced on Friday, September 25, 2020. See the complete list of finalists in all categories here.

Congratulations, all!

celebrate, tonight!

October 12, 2019

Back in July we posted a list of finalists in poetry for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards. Well, tonight, Saturday, October 12, 2019, is the night to celebrate with the finalists and winners in all categories at the Seattle Public Library. This after-hours program will start with an awards ceremony where host Paul Constant, of the Seattle Review of Books, will announce winners in eight categories. This will be followed by a reception, book sale, and book signing. All are welcome and there’s no need to register.

WSBA finalists

July 18, 2019

And speaking of books (we were, yesterday), the Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards.

The finalists in poetry are

  • What We Do by Michele Bombardier, of Bainbridge Island (Kelsay Press)
  • The Book of Sharks by Rob Carney, formerly of Washington (Black Lawrence Press)
  • Instruments of the True Measure by Laura Da’, of Newcastle (University of Arizona Press)
  • Between Darkness and Trust by Lorraine Ferra, of Port Townsend (MoonPath Press)
  • The Slow Art by Sierra Golden, of Seattle (Bear Star Press)

See the complete list of finalists in all categories and stay tuned for the announcement of the winners at a free public awards ceremony and reception on Saturday, October 12, 2019, 7:00pm, at the Central Library, Seattle. Congratulations one and all!

Saturday in Seattle

October 12, 2018

Celebrate with the winners and finalists of this year’s Washington State Book Awards at the Central Library in Seattle on Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:00pm.

The awards honor up to eight titles by Washington authors: one work each of fiction, poetry, biography/memoir, and history/general nonfiction for adults; one picture book for children, and one book each for early readers, middle readers, and young adults. Have a look at this year’s list of finalists.

The awards ceremony will begin with the announcement of the winners followed by brief readings from the winning titles. There will also be special readings from WA129, the anthology assembled by Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall. The evening’s emcee is poet and novelist Karen Finneyfrock. A reception, book sales and signing will follow in the Central Library Living Room on Level 3. Both the awards ceremony and the reception are free and open to all. University Book Store will have books available for purchase during the reception and author signing.

more awards

August 15, 2018

The Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library) has announced the finalists for the 2018 Washington State Book Awards. Categories include poetry, fiction, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction, and several categories of youth books.

The finalists in poetry are:

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

See the complete list of finalists on the WCB website and mark your calendar for the awards celebration on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Seattle Public Library. Congratulations to Washington’s terrific writers.

The Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library) has announced the finalists for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards. Categories include poetry, fiction, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction, and several categories of youth books. See the complete list of finalists in The Seattle Times and mark your calendar for the awards celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Seattle Public Library. Congratulations to Washington’s prolific writers.

Congratulations, finalists!

September 11, 2015

Washington State Book AwardsThe Washington Center for the book has just announced their finalists for the 2015 Washington State Book Awards. The poets include Kelli Russell Agodon, the late Kim-An Lieberman, Tod Marshall and Red Pine. The winners will be announced at a 7:00pm reading on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in the Microsoft Auditorium of the Seattle Public Library. See the full list of finalists in Mary Ann Gwinn’s article in The Seattle Times.

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