Pacific Northwest Booksellers Shortlist



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2020 Pacific Northwest Book Awards  Shortlist Announced 

The Pacific Northwest Book Sellers association just announced its 2020 Book Awards Shortlist, selected by a committee of independent booksellers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, a non-profit trade association that supports independent bookselling, literacy and free speech in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Each year since 1965, the Pacific Northwest Book Awards have celebrated exceptional books written by Northwest authors.

In my Seattle writing classes, online writing classes and travel writing classes, I hope to teach aspiring authors to write books such as these. I also encourage students in my Seattle writing classes, online writing classes and travel writing classes to support organizations like this one who keep independent bookstores in business.

From more than 400 nominations, the committee winnowed 12, finalists, crafted by Northwest authors and illustrators and published in 2019. The six winners of the 2020 Pacific Northwest Book Awards in early January. For more contributor and title information, visit PNBA’s 2020 Shortlist page. Shortlist honorees will be profiled on over the next several weeks.


2020 Shortlist:

Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World’s Greatest Rodeo,
and a Hidden History of the American West
David Wolman (Portland, OR) and Julian Smith (Portland, OR)
William Morrow/HarperCollins

The Cassandra: A Novel
Sharma Shields (Spokane, WA)
Henry Holt & Company/Macmillan

The Death & Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story
Aaron Bobrow-Stain (Walla Walla, WA)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan

Deep River: A Novel
Karl Marlantes (Woodinville, WA)
Atlantic Monthly Press

Exhalation: Stories
Ted Chiang (Seattle, WA)
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Fall Back Down When I Die: A Novel
Joe Wilkins (McMinnville, OR)
Little, Brown and Company / Hachette

Is, Is Not: Poems
Tess Gallagher (Port Angeles, WA)
Graywolf Press

The Merciful Crow
Margaret Owen (Seattle, WA)
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan

My Heart
Corinna Luyken (Olympia, WA)
Dial Books / Penguin Young Readers

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden
Rachel Wada, illus. (Vancouver, BC)
Orca Book Publishers

Queen of the Sea
Dylan Meconis (Portland, OR)
Walker Books / Candlewick Press

A Wolf Called Wander
Rosanne Parry (Portland, OR)
Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins