Here's your one-stop opportunity to see and congratulate some of the most talented authors in the state — next week's Washington State...

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Here’s your one-stop opportunity to see and congratulate some of the most talented authors in the state — next week’s Washington State Book Awards ceremony and reception.

The list is Seattle-centric this year. Winners include Seattle-area authors David Laskin for “The Children’s Blizzard”; Lesley Hazleton for “Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother”; Paul Hunter for “Breaking Ground”; Stephanie Kallos for “Broken for You”; Nikhil Pal Singh for “Black is a Country”; and Peter Ward for “Gorgon.”

Other winners include Portland author Charles D’Ambrosio (a Seattle native) for “Orphans: Essays” and Spokane poet Christopher Howell for “Light’s Ladder: Poems.” Winners of the Eulalie and Carolo Sandiuzzi Children’s Book Awards are Seattleites Carmela D’Amico and Steven D’Amico for “Ella the Elegant Elephant” and Issaquah author Deb Caletti for “Honey, Baby, Sweetheart.” (For a complete description of prize-winning books go to www.spl.org/default.asp?pageID=about_news_detail&cid=1127423654015).

Seattle author Rebecca Brown, two-time Washington State Book Award winner, will host the evening, which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Microsoft Auditorium at the main branch of the Seattle Public Library. The event is free, and the public is welcome. For more information call the library at 206-386-4636.

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Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor