Publishing News


October 15-31, 2005 Edition AWARDS Seattle Writers

Sweep Book Awards

In Washington State

Non-fiction books and books by writers from Seattle dominated this year’s Washington State Book Awards, according to an article in the Seattle Post-Ingelligencer. Each winner receives an honorarium of $1,000 from the Seattle Public Library Foundation and Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi.

Only one author from outside Seattle—poet Christopher Howell of Spokane—was among the 10 book winners. The honorees include two children’s books, a collection of essays, two books of poetry, four works of non-fiction and just one novel, the article said.

Winners in the 2005 competition are:

Charles D’Ambrosio of Portland (who qualifies for the awards as a Seattle native) for his essay collection, “Orphans” (Clear Cut Press). Deb Caletti of Issaquah for her young adult novel, “Honey, Baby, Sweetheart” (Simon & Schuster). Carmela and Steven D’Amico for their children’s book, “Ella the Elegant Elephant” (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic).

Lesley Hazleton of Seattle for her non-fiction book, “Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mary” (Bloomsbury).

Howell of Spokane for his poetry collection, “Light’s Ladder” (University of Washington Press).

Paul Hunter of Seattle for his poetry collection, “Breaking Ground” (Silverfish Review Press).

Stephanie Kallos of Seattle for her novel, “Broken for You” (Grove/Atlantic).

David Laskin of Seattle for his non-fiction book, “The Children’s Blizzard” (HarperCollins).

Nikhil Pal Singh of Seattle for his non-fiction book, “Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy” (Harvard University Press).

Peter Ward of Seattle for his non-fiction book, “Gorgon: The Monsters That Ruled the Planet Before Dinosaurs and How They Died in the Greatest Catastrophe onEarth” (Penguin).

Winners of the 39th annual awards will be feted in a ceremony Oct. 19 at Seattle’s Central Library. Writer Rebecca Brown of Seattle will host the event.