Seattle Public Library announced the finalists for this year's Washington State Book Awards. The list is very long, but some noteworthy finalists include:

  • In fiction, Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff and a reissue of Stories of Your Life and Others by Bellevue author Ted Chiang, which includes the story that was the basis for the great sci-fi film Arrival.

  • In poetry, Hardly War by Don Mee Choi and Blood Song by Michael Schmeltzer.

  • In biography, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West.

  • In non-fiction While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders.

Go read the whole list. The winners will be announced on Saturday, October 14th at the downtown library.