Islander wins Washington State Book Award

evisonmugIsland resident Jonathan Evison‘s novel “All About Lulu” is the 2009 Washington Book Award winner for fiction.

Not bad for a first-time novelist and former grunge rocker.

Evison, who worked as a laborer, bartender and caregiver before publishing his book, made the announcement today via Twitter.

“All About Lulu wins Washington State Book Award! Yay, diaper money!” he tweeted.

“All About Lulu” is an offbeat coming-of-age story that touches upon body building, hot dog vending, sibling obsession and self-destructive love.

I hope to post more about Evison’s win in the coming days.