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Pacific NW Booksellers Award 2014

Dream Animals
Dream Animals A Bedtime Journey By Martin, Emily Winfield Book - 2013 Martin, Emily Winfield Available in some locations

Annotation:WINNER The story couldn't be simpler: as you lie down to sleep, your dream animal appears to whisk you off to slumber. Not so simple is the sweet menagerie that does the whisking: bats and narwhales are among the animals that take the reader off to lunar landscapes and mermaid grottoes. Like Goodnight, Moon or any number of childhood favorites, this is a book you'll still love after the umpteenth reading. An instant classic. --PNBA Awards Committee

The Great War
The Great War July 1, 1916 : the First Day of the Battle of the Somme : An Illustrated Panorama By Sacco, Joe Book - 2013 940.4272 SACCO 2013 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:WINNER This essential book's power is revealed in it's unique format. Printed on accordion-style paper to reveal 24 drawings that fold out to depict the first day in the Battle of the Somme, Sacco's black-and-white illustrations show the horror of the war by drawing us into details of the battle. Inside the endless winding trenches, nearby the constant explosions, and oddly both distinct from and very much a part of military regiment and routine, Sacco beautifully renders the devastation and human toll of the war. --PNBA Awards Committee

The Mushroom Hunters
The Mushroom Hunters On the Trail of An Underground America By Cook, Langdon Book - 2013 579.6 COOK 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:WINNER Intrepid writer, naturalist and foodie Langdon Cook takes us along on his journey into the often secretive world of mushroom gatherers and dealers on the West Coast. Cook is marvelous company--bright, inquisitive, and up for an adventure. This revealing volume is part memoir, part social study, part nature guidebook, part recipe collection, and completely compelling. You'll never look at a chanterelle the same way again. --PNBA Awards Committee

A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being By Ozeki, Ruth L. Book - 2013 Ozeki, Ruth L. Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 1 copy

Annotation:WINNER In her newest work, she revels in Tokyo teen culture--this goes far beyond Hello Kitty--and explores quantum physics, military applications of computer video games, Internet bullying and Marcel Proust as well, all while creating a vulnerable and unique voice for the 16-year-old girl at its center…. Ozeki has produced a dazzling and humorous work of literary origami. --The Seattle Times

We Live in Water
We Live in Water Stories By Walter, Jess Book - 2013 Walter, Jess Available in some locations

Annotation:WINNER Reading his short stories--a diverse lot, but with a strong dose of the down and almost out--it's easy to envision that you're meeting the people who stream by Walter's house. The tweakers, the cons, the people always two dollars short--they're all there, and in this book they're all here, in stories that twist and plumb, delivering unexpected laughs while playing with what it is we think we know. --The Seattle Times

Antigoddess By Blake, Kendare Book - 2013 Blake, Kendare Available in some locations

Annotation:The Gods of Greek Mythology are facing death after centuries of immortality. Some choose to face their imminent deaths with grace while others attempt to defy fate by any means possible, no matter what it might mean for the human world they now live in. Blake's writing commits complete faith in the intelligence and perseverance of her readers--and in her characters, who drive this story with force. --PNBA Awards Committee

Incarnadine Poems By Szybist, Mary Book - 2013 811.6 SZYBIST 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Mary Szybist's new collection of poetry is deeply felt and well-crafted, layered in content between the literal, the here and now, the might-have-beens, as well as iconography. Stark at moments, shrouded in others, Szybist utilizes form to push at and hold the stories told and the images explored in this rich and moving work. --The Oregonian

Search Party
Search Party Stories of Rescue By Trueblood, Valerie Book - 2013 Trueblood, Valerie Available in some locations

Annotation:The second collection of short fiction from this master story teller is as breathtaking as it is original. With unusual grace and acuity, Valerie Trueblood is able to illuminate even the most basic of human interactions. A deeply wise and deeply humane book. --PNBA Awards Committee

Wolves in the Land of Salmon
Wolves in the Land of Salmon By Moskowitz, David Book - 2013 599.773 MOSKOWIT 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:David Moskowitz's consummate skills as a professional wildlife tracker, photographer, and educator are on clear display in this fascinating look at wolves in the Pacific Northwest. Loaded with amazing photographs and written with perceptive clarity, his book offers a remarkable visual and descriptive portrait of this often misunderstood and always captivating species. --PNBA Awards Committee

Written in Stone
Written in Stone By Parry, Rosanne Book - 2013 Parry, Rosanne Available in some locations

Annotation:Inspired by her time teaching on a Native American reservation on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, Rosanne Parry's latest novel for middle graders is the thoughtfully told tale of Pearl, a young girl from a Makah whale-hunting family in the 1920s. She is a winning character, and the story that surrounds her is both eye-opening and riveting. --PNBA Awards Committee

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These titles are shortlisted for the 2014 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. Winners to be announced in January.

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