Photo by Cameron S. Mitchell: Seattle author and activist Elsa Sjunneson walks the red carpet at the debut of the documentary short about her, ELSA, at HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles, Aug. 16. Sjunneson was recently named a 2022 WSBA winner in the biography/memoir category.
Photo by Cameron S. Mitchell: Seattle author and activist Elsa Sjunneson walks the red carpet at the debut of the documentary short about her, ELSA, at HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles, Aug. 16. Sjunneson was recently named a 2022 WSBA winner in the biography/memoir category.

The Washington Center for the Book and The Seattle Public Library have selected winners in eight categories for the 2022 Washington State Book Awards for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2021. This is the 56th year of the program, formerly called the Governor's Writers Awards.

“This year’s Washington State Book Awards highlight Washington authors who write about worlds both

The finalists were announced Aug. 23.

2022 WSBA WINNERS: BOOKS FOR ADULTS CATEGORIES

Biography/Memoir

“Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism” by Elsa Sjunneson, of Queen Anne (S&S/Simon Element)

Creative Nonfiction

“The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with recipes)” by Kate Lebo, of Spokane (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Fiction

“On Fragile Waves” by E. Lily Yu, of Western Washington (Erewhon)

General Nonfiction

“Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home” by Lynda Mapes, of Seattle (Braided River and The Seattle Times)

Poetry

“More American” by Sharon Hashimoto, of Tukwila (Grid Books / Off the Grid Press)


2022 WSBA WINNERS: BOOKS FOR YOUTH CATEGORIES

Picture Books

“Rock by Rock: The Fantastical Garden of Nek Chand” by Jennifer Bradbury, of Burlington; illustrated by Sam Boughton (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Books for Young Readers

“Mighty Inside” by Sundee Frazier, of Renton (Levine Querido)

Books for Young Adult Readers

“Little Thieves” by Margaret Owen, of Seattle (Henry Holt and Company)


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 Linda Johns and Sarah Wang of The Seattle Public Library and Sara Peté of the Washington State 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 resident of Washington. For the 2022 book awards, judges read and evaluated 243 books. 

Submissions for the 2023 awards cycle are being accepted at this time. For more information, see the Washington Center for the Book's website, About the Washington State Book Awards | (washingtoncenterforthebook.org)

JUDGES

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

Judges 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

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the Awards, visit Washington Center for the Book or call the library at 206-386-4636 or Ask Us.