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Evison honored at Eagle Harbor Book gala
Bainbridge Island author Jonathan Evison has received much praise for his novel “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving,” but his latest honor is rooted closer to home.
Evison received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his recent novel. It is his second time winning the acclaim. Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association previously honored Evison for his 2011 book “West of Here.”
A crowd gathered at Eagle Harbor Book Co. on Tuesday night to celebrate the honor. Among the appetizers laid out was the signature servings of beer common at Evison events.
“They are so good here, they are like family at Eagle Harbor,” Evison said. “The read my Facebook post, so they knew that I was excited that Bass had a new IPA. And I show up and they have Bass IPA. But other people must have read my posts because they showed up and Bass is the first one gone.”
Luckily there was Guinness and Pabst Blue Ribbon available as well.
Evison reflected on where he has come from as an artist and thanked the independent booksellers for the support he has received.
“It’s fantastic, I feel like my life has been an embarrassment of riches the last five years,” he said.
“I starved for like 20 years, but it always felt like it was a privilege to starve for my art,” Evison said. “Two thirds of the world is starving just for sustenance. I always was happy to starve for my art, digging ditches and writing unpublished novels but then five years ago everything came into place.”
“It’s so gratifying to have book sellers give me the nod and have their support,” he said.
The Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Award is bestowed each year to authors from the region displaying excellence in their craft. A committee of book sellers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia select the honorees.
Evison was honored along with author Sherman Alexie for “Blasphemy,” Eowyn Ivey for “The Snow Child,” Lucia Perillo for “On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths,” Cheryl Strayed for “Wild” and G. Willow Wilson for “Alif the Unseen.”