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1/5/23. The PNBA Award Winners have been announced!

January 5, 2023: Award Winners Announced!
All the information here.

Washington state authors dominated the list of Pacific Northwest Book Awards this year. A tradition since 1964, the awards represent excellence in writing from the region, and are voted upon by a committee of independent booksellers. To be eligible, books must be released within a specific period (this year, Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022), and written by an author who lives full-time in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington or British Columbia. All genres are eligible; books are not submitted in specific categories.

The winning books are first in the list, the rest of the titles, announced in early November 2022, comprise the rest of list from which the winning six for 2023 were selected.

In the review section of each of the winning titles is a blurb from the judges about why they chose the book, and links to reviews we have found.

More information here.
PNBA last year's winners are here.

 

Join us for the 2023 PNBA Awards Show.
Join your fellow book lovers to celebrate the winners of the 2023 PNBA Book Awards: Jamie Ford, Kim Fu, Sasha LaPointe, J. Kenji López-Alt, Putsata Reang, and Caitlin Scarano.
February 9, 2023, 6:00 PM Pacific Time.

Register here.

Books: 
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982158217
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Published: Atria Books - August 2nd, 2022

2023 PNBA Book Award Winner

"The Many Daughters of Afong Moy: A Novel" by Jamie Ford
Great Falls, MT
A beautiful and ultimately hopeful story about family, legacy, hurt and healing. Ford does an incredible job of weaving together the stories and trauma of seven generations of  women, connecting their hope and heartbreak.


Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century Cover Image
By Kim Fu
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142995
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Published: Tin House Books - February 1st, 2022

2023 PNBA Book Award Winner

"Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century: Stories" by Kim Fu
Seattle, WA
This collection of short stories reflects on family, coming of age, grief. relationships, and both the promise and uncertainty of the future. Each story is dynamic and thought provoking. It's rare to read a collection where every story stirs something inside. I simply couldn't put this down. I hope it finds many readers in the PNW and beyond.


Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk Cover Image
$25.00
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ISBN: 9781640094147
Published: Counterpoint - March 8th, 2022

2023 PNBA Book Award Winner

"Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk" by Sasha LaPointe
Tacoma, WA
Filled with her own experiences as a person of Coast Salish heritage alongside those of her ancestors, Sasha Lapointe’s "Red Paint" takes us from her rough childhood and early punk rock days in Washington to graduate school in New Mexico and back. Her journey of self-discovery, including a commitment to live up to her namesake great-grandmother’s legacy as a tribal elder, results in a powerful book and ongoing life story as LaPointe channels legacy into her work as an artist and activist.

March 3, 2022. "Red Paint" author Sasha LaPointe on resilience, inheritance and punk music. Here in The Seattle Times.


The Wok: Recipes and Techniques Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780393541212
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 8th, 2022

2023 PNBA Book Award Winner

"The Wok: Recipes & Techniques" by J. Kenji López-Alt
Seattle, WA
The Wok is an beautiful introduction to and exploration of the pan that is certain to become the most versatile in your kitchen. Filled with tricks and technique, featuring thoughtful and scientific sidebars, and loaded to the rim with recipes and photos—whether a novice considering your first wok or a seasoned cook looking to up your game, you cannot go wrong with a teacher like Kenji!

March 8, 2022. The year’s biggest cookbook is here. Seattle author J. Kenji López-Alt shares his favorite recipes in "The Wok." Interview with the chef in The Seattle Times here.


Ma and Me: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374279264
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Published: MCD - May 17th, 2022

2023 PNBA Book Award Winner

"Ma And Me: A Memoir" by Putsata Reang
Seattle, WA
An excellently interwoven story of the refugee experience, Americanization of immigrant children, tension and trauma between mothers and daughters, and the lingering effects of war.  With a journalist's eye and a creative writer's heart, Reang has crafted a memorable memoir with poignant lines I'll bookmark for life


May 30, 2022.  Putsata Reang finds home with and away from her mom in memoir "Ma and Me"
Review in The Seattle Times here.


The Necessity of Wildfire: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781949467789
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Published: Blair - April 5th, 2022

2023 PNBA Book Award Winner

"The Necessity of Wildfire: Poems" by Caitlin Scarano
Bellingham, WA
The poems in Caitlin Scarano’s "The Necessity of Wildfire" burn slowly but searing, her words lulling readers into a sense of comfort in the exploration of the minutiae of everyday life only to be suddenly startled into a higher clarity. The collection is complex and compelling, revealing a connection to both the personal and universal experience. These poems make an impact upon first reading and will affect you each and every time you return.


Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781541768734
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 19th, 2021

A former firearms executive pulls back the curtain on America's multibillion-dollar gun industry, exposing how it fostered extremism and racism, radicalizing the nation and bringing cultural division to a boiling point.


The Boy with a Bird in His Chest: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982171933
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Published: Atria Books - February 15th, 2022

A heartbreaking yet hopeful novel about the things that make us unique and lovable.


The Boy with a Bird in His Chest: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982171940
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Published: Atria Books - January 3rd, 2023

Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643260396
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Published: Timber Press - March 29th, 2022

Summer Michaud-Skog creates space for marginalized bodies with an insistent conviction that outdoor recreation should welcome everyone.


A Home Under the Stars Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781632173270
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Published: Little Bigfoot - October 5th, 2021

Magical and heartfelt, "A Home Under the Stars" explores the difficulties and anxieties that accompany moving, as well as the journey to find a sense of belonging in a new place and to call it home.


How to Not Be Afraid of Everything Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781948579216
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Published: Alice James Books - October 12th, 2021

Explores the vulnerable ways we articulate and reckon with fear.
Full of elegy and resilient joy, these poems speak across generations of survival.


Thrust: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525534907
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 28th, 2022

A dazzling novel of body, spirit, and survival, Thrust will leave no reader unchanged.