The Pacific Northwest Book Award winners were announced this morning, and Washington state authors made a strong showing. Here are the six winners:
“Blasphemy” by Sherman Alexie (Grove Atlantic). A collection of 31 short stories, some previously published, some new, by the gifted Seattle author.
“The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving” by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin). A sad, funny and highly entertaining novel about a man engulfed by loss who becomes caregiver to a teenager with muscular dystrophy. Evison lives on Bainbridge Island.
“The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur Books). In this novel a couple in their fifties, homesteading in Alaska, see their most fervent desire fulfilled when a mysterious child begins to hang at the fringes of their property. Ivey lives in Palmer, AK.
“On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths” by Lucia Perillo (Copper Canyon Press). New poetry by the Olympia author.
“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf). In this best-selling memoir, a woman grappling with grief finds redemption by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Strayed lives in Portland.
“Alif the Unseen” by G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press). A novel of love, magic and revolution, about a computer hacker in an unnamed Middle Eastern country who goes up against a repressive regime. Wilson lives in Seattle.
The winners were picked by members of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, a group of independent booksellers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.