I am beyond thrilled, and completely humbled, that UP TO THIS POINTE has a place among the nominees for the Washington State Book Awards. Seattle became my home four years ago, and I am grateful every day to be here in this beautiful place where so many passionate librarians, readers, teachers, book sellers and writers keep the Pacific Northwest the most literary, book-loving place I've ever lived. Thank you so much to the Seattle Public Library, the Washington Center for The Book, the Washington State Library, and my fellow readers and writers, teachers and librarians. See you all October 14th, 2017 at the Seattle Public Library for an evening of celebrating books, libraries, and of course, cake!