The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has announced its 2015 awards. Chosen from 250 entries, they include three novels, a food memoir and two children’s books. Here are the winners:
“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner). A beautifully written and commercially successful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy who meet during the horrors of World War II. Doerr lives in Boise.
“A Boat, a Whale and a Walrus: Menus and Stories” by Renee Erickson (Sasquatch Books).A cookbook/memoir that focuses on regional ingredients by Erickson, an award-winning Seattle chef and restaurateur.
“If Not for This” by Pete Fromm (Red Hen Press). A novel about a couple, outdoor-loving river runners, whose lives change forever when she is diagnosed with MS. Fromm lives in Missoula.
“Falling from Horses” by Molly Gloss (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Portland author Gloss’ latest novel is about two young dreamers, raised on ranches, who try their luck in Hollywood cowboy movies of the 1930s.
“Jackaby” by William Ritter (Algonquin Young Readers). A teenaged girl meets a paranormal investigator in 1892 New England, and soon they’re on the trail of a killer who may not be human. Ritter lives in Springfield, Ore.
“The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” by Leslye Walton (Candlewick). This novel for teens, with elements of the paranormal and magical realism, is the story of Ava Lavender’s family tree, with ancestors who were all unlucky in love. Walton lives in Seattle.
The PNBA is an association of independent booksellers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.