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Phinney Ridge author Tara Austen Weaver is finalist for WA State Book Award

Phinney Ridge author Tara Austen Weaver is a finalist in this year’s Washington State Book Awards.

Weaver’s book “Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow,” is a finalist in the Biography/Memoir category.

The awards are presented in eight categories, for books published by Washington authors in 2015. Winners will be announced at the awards celebration from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave. Each winner will receive a $500 honorarium.

The awards program will feature emcee Frances McCue, an award-winning poet and arts administrator who received the Washington State Book Award for poetry in 2011 for “The Bled.” The program also features brief readings from 2016 winning titles. A reception and book signing will follow in the Living Room on Level 3 of the Central Library. The awards and celebration are sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

A book award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.