INTRODUCING THIS YEAR’S WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARD FINALISTS

INTRODUCING THIS YEAR’S WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARD FINALISTS

The Washington Center for the Book and The Seattle Public Library have selected 39 finalists in eight categories for the 2022 Washington State Book Awards.

Now in its 56th year, the Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) — formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards — recognize outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2021.

A winner in each category will be announced Sept. 13, 2022.

2022 WSBA FINALISTS: BOOKS FOR ADULTS CATEGORIES

Biography/Memoir

Creative Nonfiction

Fiction

General Nonfiction

Poetry

2022 WSBA FINALISTS: BOOKS FOR YOUTH CATEGORIES

Picture Books

Books for Young Readers

Books for Young Adult Readers

ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Washington State Book Awards are presented by the Washington Center for the Book (an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book administered by Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State) in partnership with The Seattle Public Library. The 2022 awards are administered by Sara Peté of the Washington State Library and Linda Johns and Sarah Wang of The Seattle Public Library. This year’s awards program is supported by a grant from the Amazon Literary Partnership.

These awards honor outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2021. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance, and overall quality to an author who is a current Washington resident. For the 2022 book awards, judges read and evaluated 243 books.

JUDGES

For adult titles:

  • Andrea Y. Griffith, Owner, Browsers Bookshop
  • Valerie McBeth, Librarian, Northwest Indian College Library
  • Tiffany Midge, Author and 2020 WSBA Finalist
  • Corinne Wilson, Librarian, Spokane County Library District
  • Jenna Zarzycki, Librarian, Covington Library / King County Librarian System

For youth titles:

  • Tamar Clarke, Teen Services Coordinator, Whatcom County Library System
  • Avery Mead, Teacher-Librarian, East Valley High School Library
  • Christopher Robert, Librarian, Seattle Public Schools

Submissions for the 2023 awards cycle are currently being accepted (for books published in 2022). For more information, see the Washington Center for the Book’s website.

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