2023 Book Award Winners
The Many Daughters of Afong Moy
A beautiful and ultimately hopeful story about family, legacy, hurt and healing. Ford does an incredible job of weaving together the stories and trauma of seven generations of women, connecting their hope and heartbreak.
Atria Books / Simon & Schuster
Lesser Known Monsters
of the 21st Century
This collection of short stories reflects on family, coming of age, grief. relationships and the future. Each story is dynamic and thought provoking. It's rare to read a short story collection where every story stirs something inside you. I simply couldn't put this down. I hope it finds many readers in the PNW and beyond.
The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk
Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe
Red Paint is bursting with the vigor of LaPointe’s desire to live an authentic life. Filled with her experiences as a person of Coast Salish heritage, as well as the stories of her ancestors, Red Paint takes us from her rough childhood and early punk rock days in Washington, to graduate school in New Mexico and back. Her journey of self-discovery paired with her goal to live up to her namesake great-grandmother’s legacy as a tribal elder, results in a book filled with power. LaPointe takes this power and transforms into an artist and activist who overcomes personal trauma while developing a strong voice.
Recipes & Techniques
J. Kenji López-Alt
The Wok is an incredible cookbook to say the least. Both an incredibly in-depth look at a specific piece of cookware as well as a beautiful introduction to what will become the most versatile pan in your kitchen. Filled with technique, scientific and thoughtful sidebars, and filled to the absolute brim with recipes and photos. Whether a wok novice looking to buy your first or a seasoned cook looking to learn more, you can’t go wrong with a teacher like Kenji!
W.W. Norton & Company
Ma And Me
Such an excellently interwoven story of refugees, Americanization of immigrant children, the tension and trauma between mother's and daughters, and the linger effects of war. With a journalist's eye and a creative writer's heart, a memoir with poignant lines I'll bookmark for life.
MCD / Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Necessity of Wildfire
The poems in Caitlin Scarano’s The Necessity of Wildfire burn slow and searing. Her words lull the reader into a sense of comfort and understanding of the minutiae of daily life only to take a sudden turn - startling the reader into clarity. Scarano’s collection is complex and compelling revealing, a connection to both the personal and universal experience. These poems will grab you from the first reading and affect you each time you return to them.