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Washington State Book Awards

It’s always a pleasure to see the list of finalists for the annual Washington State Book Awards, not least because the judges are some of our favorite people, local booksellers and librarians. We especially wanted to take note of this slate of books, though, since so many of their authors have spent time at Island Books during the past year.

Laurie Frankel visited us to share This Is How it Always Is, a book we chose for our Best of the Year list and also added to our Open Book Club rotation ...

Another finalist in the fiction category is Elise Hooper, who spoke to the Mercer Island Woman’s Club Luncheon about her historical novel The Other Alcott ...

Legendary librarian and advocate for literacy Nancy Pearl was yet another island visitor. Long a favorite of ours for her astute book recommendations, this year she became a first-time novelist via George & Lizzie ...

The Washington Center for the Book didn’t forget about our favorite writers for children when the finalists were named. In the middle-grade category we find J. Anderson Coats and The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming ...

More local connections are made in Dori Jones Yang’s The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, another historical tale based on truth ... continued