2022 Washington State Book Award Winners Announced


Seattle Times Environmental journalist Lynda V. Mapes is among eight winners of the 2022 Washington State Book Awards.

Her book, “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home,” won the award in the general non-fiction category.

Organized by the Washington Center for the Book and the Seattle Public Library, the 56th annual awards celebrate Washington State authors published in the previous year.

Here are the 2022 Washington State Book Award winners:

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

Biography/Memory: “Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism” by Elsa Sjunneson, from Seattle (S&S/Simon Element)

Creative non-fiction: “The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with Recipes)” by Kate Lebo, from Spokane (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

General non-fiction: “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home” by Lynda V. Mapes, from Seattle (Braided River and The Seattle Times)

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

Books for young adult readers: “Little Thieves” by Margaret Owen, from Seattle (Henry Holt and Company)

Books for young readers: “Mighty Inside” by Sundee Frazier, from Renton (Levine Querido)

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


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