I’m delighted to announce that Hild is one of the five finalists for the Washington State Book AwardThe winners will be announced the evening of Friday October 10, 7:00 pm, at the Microsoft Auditorium at the central library, at 7 pm. Tickets are free, and there’s a reception and book signing afterwards upstairs in the Central Library Living Room, complete with music by Seattle7Writers rock band.

The full nominee list, plus nominees for the two children’s awards:


  • Temple Grove by Scott Elliott (University of Washington Press)
  • Hild by Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Half as Happy by Gregory Spatz (Engine Books)
  • We Live in Water by Jess Walter (Harper Perennial)
  • Wilderness by Lance Weller (Bloomsbury)


  • What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned by Sherman Alexie (Hanging Loose Press)
  • Self-Storage by Rebecca Hoogs (Stephen F. Austin University Press)
  • Through the Second Skin by Derek Sheffield (Orchises Press) 
  • Rough Day by Ed Skoog (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Pacific Walkers by Nance van Winckel (University of Washington Press)


  • Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin by Nicole Hardy (Hyperion Books)
  • The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century by David Laskin (Viking Books)
  • Driving Home: An American Journey by Jonathan Raban (Sasquatch Books)

History/General Nonfiction

  • The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: The Redemption of Herbert Niccolls Jr. by Nancy Bartley (University of Washington Press)
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (Viking Books)
  • The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook (Ballantine Books)
  • Wolves in the Land of Salmon by David Moskowitz (Timber Press)

Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award Finalists
Picture Book

  • Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin (Henry Holt)
  • Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger (Greenwillow Books)
  • Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden, illustrated by Renata Liwska (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar? by George Shannon, illustrated by Julie Paschkis (Henry Holt)
  • What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom (Compendium Kids)

Books for Early Readers, Middle Readers, and Young Adults 

  • The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin (Little, Brown and Company)
  • And Then, Story Starters by M.H. Clark (Compendium, Inc.)
  • Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott (Henry Holt)
  • The League by Thatcher Heldring (Delacorte Press)
  • Duke by Kirby Larson (Scholastic Press)
  • The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors (Little, Brown and Company)