Here are the 2018 Washington State Book Award winners

Over the weekend, The Washington Center for the Book announced this year's Washington State Book Award winners. In case you couldn't make the grand announcement ceremony, here are the winners:

Adult Fiction

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel, of Seattle

Adult Nonfiction

Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt, of Seattle

Adult Biography/Memoir

The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe, of Seattle


Water & Salt by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, of Redmond

Picture Book

Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley, of Bellevue, illustrated by Tracy Subisak, of Portland

Books for Young Readers (ages 6 to 8)

Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro, of Issaquah

Books for Middle Readers

The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats, of Everett

Books for Young Adult Readers (ages 13 to 18)

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes, of Spokane

Congratulations to all the winners, and cheers to everyone who was nominated for the awards this year. And remember: if you published a book this year, submission deadlines for next year's Washington State Book Awards — the first to apply the new qualifications criteria that Susan Rich told you about last week — close on December 1st.