Blasphemy
Sherman Alexie

Alexie gives the reader a blazingly straight on view of Native life while at the same time suffusing his work with powerful humor that touches the tragedy of the human condition. Blasphemy is wide ranging, wildly entertaining, and heartfelt.
—PNBA Awards Committee

Grove / Atlantic.

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The Revised Fundamental of Caregiving
Jonathan Evison

Fortune has not smiled on Benjamin as of late and he's down to his last dollar when forced to take a job as a caregiver for Trevor, a 19-year-old kid confined to a wheelchair. The friendship that unexpectedly—and sometimes painfully—grows inspires an audacious adventure of healing and forgiveness. Wickedly funny, daring and heartwarming, this book will surprise you.
—PNBA Awards Committee

Algonquin Books

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The Snow Child
Eowyn Ivey

Beautiful prose brings dreamlike imagery to life and vivid yearnings percolate in the minds of these finely wrought, hardscrabble homesteaders following moose tracks along glacier-fed rivers as the isolation of a woodland winter looms. This quiet, magical story is unmistakably Alaskan at its heart.
— PNBA Awards Committee

Little, Brown

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On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths
Lucia Perillo

Lucia Perillo's relentless curiosity, deep intelligence and dark wit are all on powerful display here in poems that flow with subtle music and a deceptively casual tone. A Perillo poem may seem innocuous at first, but it soon enters the mind and the heart, expanding both. Her poetry moves gracefully from the personal to the universal, generously inviting her readers to join her as she contemplates the vagaries of nature, culture, family and the body. Fearless, wise, humorous and touching, the poems in this volume are a bracing tonic.
—PNBA Awards Committee

Copper Canyon Press

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A beautiful, powerful memoir about a young woman who moves through grief by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and proves she is the daughter to make her mother proud. Strayed's love/hate relationship with her hiking boots and monstrous pack, her inner strength, and the beauty and power of her 1,100-mile trek kept us riveted.
— PNBA Awards Committee

Knopf / Random House

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Alif the Unseen
G. Willow Wilson

Grounded in the modern Middle East but bridging virtual reality, history, and mythology, this well-paced novel brings together a thought-provoking array of characters, each with a unique and powerful moral compass.
— PNBA Awards Committee

Grove / Atlantic

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The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) is a non-profit association of independent bookstores from five Northwest states, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Association produces educational and promotional events and materials for its members and offers literacy, free speech and author promotional vehicles through its member stores. Since 1965, our annual Book Awards have recognized such luminary figures in Northwest literature as Ivan Doig, Ursula LeGuin, David James Duncan, David Guterson, Jon Krakauer, Chuck Palahniuk, and Sherman Alexie. Many of these authors were honored by PNBA before they received national attention. A history of past winners of the Pacific Northwest Book Award can be viewed on the Book Awards homepage.

PNBA's Award Committee is comprised of nine volunteer booksellers from our member stores, throughout the region. Committee members considered more than 200 titles published during 2012 for a 2013 award.

A complete list of titles nominated for the 2013 Awards can be found HERE.


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