Prose Bowl 2020 voting takes a break during public-health crisis

Prose Bowl 2020 on hold for now, after completing two of four rounds of voting.

The decision by the Prose Bowl committee, aka Sno-Isle Libraries Readers’ Services librarians, comes in light of the evolving public-health crisis.

“We’ve temporarily suspended Prose Bowl while everyone’s attention is rightfully on figuring out their new normal,” said Jackie Parker, head of the Prose Bowl effort. “So take this time to read a few more of the contenders. We’ll see you at the ballot box to select our favorite book of 2019 soon.”

This year, committee members picked 80 books published in 2019 for Prose Bowl 2020 consideration.

Round one voting began March 4 on the Sno-Isle Libraries Bibliofile blog with eight different genre categories.

Round two voting ran March 11-17, pitting the top two titles from each genre category against each other in a genre semifinal. It was “First: Sandra Day O’Connor” vs. “A Better Man,” “The Starless Sea” vs. “The Dutch House,” “They Called Us Enemy” vs. “Talking to Strangers,” and “Red, White & Royal Blue” vs. “The Testaments.”

Round three voting was scheduled to start on March 18 with the four winning titles from each genre category, with final round voting starting March 25 featuring the top two round three vote-getters. The winning title was scheduled to be announced on April 1.

When Sno-Isle Libraries closed all buildings on March 13 until further notice in order to help limit the spread of coronavirus, Prose Bowl was destined to go on hiatus.

The final two rounds of Prose Bowl 2020 will be rescheduled after Sno-Isle Libraries resumes regular operations, Parker said.