‘Girl on the Train’ wins Sno-Isle Libraries Prose Bowl

Girl on the Train book jacket

Readers in Snohomish and Island counties have crowned The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins the winner of the Sno-Isle Libraries 2015 Prose Bowl.

The library district’s Readers’ Services Team started off with over 300 titles, narrowed it down to 32, and invited the public to vote for their favorites.

Fifty-one weeks after publishing, Hawkins’ debut novel has remained near the top of bestseller lists, and smashed a curious record: it’s the fastest selling adult book of all time. But popularity alone isn’t enough to make a Prose Bowl winner, said Jackie Parker, lead librarian for reader services.

“Since this was a March Madness, sports bracket-type set up, titles were essentially eliminated by popular vote,” she said. “If we went only by the most frequent title chosen to win individual brackets, we’d have an entirely different winner: The Nightingale by local author, Kristin Hannah. But, collectively, Hannah’s title was eliminated by more brackets than Hawkins’ book.”

Library staff will contact some of the top Prose Bowl participants and invite them to create lists of their favorite books to share with Sno-Isle readers. Details on the competition are available in the Bibliofiles blog at sno-isle.org/bibliofiles


For more information, contact: 
Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader Services, jparker@sno-isle.org, 425-778-2148 x3036
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081