Drum Roll, Please: The 2022 Washington State Book Award Winners

Washington State Book Awards 2022

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Washington State Book Awards!

The Washington Center for the Book and the Library selected winners in eight categories for the awards, which honor outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2021. This is the 56th year of the program, formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards.

Join us in celebrating these exceptional authors and stories, including all the finalists that were announced in August. (Scroll down for a list of all the finalists.) Find out more about the awards and how to submit for 2023 at the Washington Center for the Book website.

2022 WSBA WINNERS: BOOKS FOR ADULTS CATEGORIES
“Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism” by Elsa SjunnesonBiography/Memoir
 “The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with recipes)” Creative Nonfiction
: “On Fragile Waves” by E. Lily YuFiction
: “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home” by Lynda Mapes, of Seattle (Braided River and The Seattle Times)General Nonfiction
 “More American” by Sharon HashimotoPoetry
  • More American by Sharon Hashimoto, of Tukwila (Grid Books / Off the Grid Press)

2022 WSBA WINNERS: BOOKS FOR YOUTH CATEGORIES
“Rock by Rock: The Fantastical Garden of Nek Chand” by Jennifer Bradbury, of Burlington; illustrated by Sam BoughtonPicture Books
 “Mighty Inside” by Sundee FrazierBooks for Young Readers

 

: “Little Thieves” by Margaret OwenBooks for Young Adult Readers
  • Little Thieves by Margaret Owen, of Seattle (Henry Holt and Company)

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ALL 2022 WSBA FINALISTS
BOOKS FOR ADULTS CATEGORIES
Biography/Memoir
Creative Nonfiction
Fiction
General Nonfiction
Poetry
ALL 2022 WSBA FINALISTS: BOOKS FOR YOUTH CATEGORIES
Picture Books
Books for Young Readers
Books for Young Adult Readers

The Washington State Book Awards are presented by the Washington Center for the Book and The Seattle Public Library. These awards honor outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2021.

This year, the judges read and evaluated 243 books. The judges for adult titles were: Andrea Y. Griffith, Owner, Browsers Bookshop in Olympia; Valerie McBeth, Librarian, Northwest Indian College Library; Tiffany Midge, Author and 2020 Washington State Book Award finalist; Corinne Wilson, Librarian, Spokane County Library District; Jenna Zarzycki, Librarian, Covington Library / King County Librarian System

The judges for youth titles were: Tamar Clarke, Teen Services Coordinator, Whatcom County Library System; Avery Mead, Teacher-Librarian, East Valley High School Library in Spokane Valley; and Christopher Robert, Librarian, Seattle Public Schools. You can find more information about the book awards previous years’ finalists and winners, and submission policies for the 2023 awards at the Washington Center for the Book website.

Elisa M., Communications

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