One of last year's bigger local releases, G. Willow Wilson's The Bird King, is a fiction finalist. 

For the 54th year, the Washington Center for the Book has selected its finalists for the 2020 Washington State Book Awards. These 39 books were published in 2019. Winners are announced on September 25. (Links are to Seattle Met articles on the books.) 

Adult Categories 

  • The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story by Aaron Bobrow-Strain, of Walla Walla 
  • A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction by Paula Becker, of Seattle 
  • I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi by Gina Siciliano, of Seattle 
  • Hangdog Days: Conflict, Change, and the Race for 5.14 by Jeff Smoot, of Seattle
  • The Good Way: A Himalayan Journey by Julie Tate-Libby, of Twisp
Creative Nonfiction
  • Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions by Briallen Hopper, formerly of Tacoma, now in Queens, NY 
  • Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy by Eric Liu, of Seattle 
  • Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's by Tiffany Midge, of Seattle 
  • Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers by Elissa Washuta, formerly of Seattle, now in Columbus, OH and Theresa Warburton, of Bellingham
  • The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West, of Seattle
  • Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, of Seattle 
  • Stay and Fight by Madeline ffitch, formerly of Seattle, now in Athens, OH 
  • One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker, of Friday Harbor
  • Deep River by Karl Marlantes, of Duvall 
  • The Cassandra by Sharma Shields, of Spokane
  • The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson, of Seattle
General Nonfiction
  • Seattle Style: High Fashion/High Function by Museum of History & Industry and Clara Berg, of Seattle 
  • Olmsted in Seattle: Creating a Park System for a Modern City by Jennifer Ott, of Seattle 
  • Seattle Walk Report: An Illustrated Walking Tour through 23 Seattle Neighborhoods by Susanna Ryan, of Seattle (Sasquatch Books)
  • The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World by Eric Scigliano, of Seattle 
  • Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World by Anu Taranath, of Seattle 
  • Bright Stain by Francesca Bell, formerly of Spokane, now in Novato, CA
  • Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest by David Guterson, of Bainbridge Island; illustrated by Justin Gibbens, of Thorp 
  • All Its Charms by Keetje Kuipers, of Bainbridge Island
  • Hail and Farewell by Abby E. Murray, of Puyallup
  • Nightingale by Paisley Rekdal, formerly of Seattle, now in Salt Lake City, UT 

Youth Categories 

Picture Books
  • Ghost Cat by Kevan Atteberry, of Bellevue 
  • Flora Forager ABC by Bridget Beth Collins, of Seattle 
  • Lasting Love by Caroline Wright, of Seattle, illustrated by Willow Heath, of Seattle
Books for Young Readers
  • King & Kayla and the Case of Found Fred by Dori Hillestad Butler, of Kirkland 
  • Sauerkraut by Kelly Jones, of Shoreline
  • Growing Up Gorilla: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together by Clare Hodgson Meeker, of Friday Harbor 
  • Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club by Sara Nickerson, of Seattle 
  • Professor Renoir’s Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights by Randall Platt, of Port Orchard 
  • Explorer Academy: The Falcon's Feather by Trudi Trueit, of Everett
Books for Young Adult Readers
  • Between Before & After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, of Bainbridge Island
  • Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World by Jeff Henigson, of Seattle 
  • Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson, of Seattle 
  • Slay by Brittney Morris, of Seattle
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