2014 High Plains Book Awards Finalists Announced
Thirty-one books have been selected as finalists in ten categories for the eighth annual High Plains Book Awards. The finalist authors are from 12 states and three Canadian provinces including, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Twenty-one different publishers were represented in this year’s competition.
Two of the finalists are past High Plains Book Award winners. Sarah Klassen won the 2008 Best Fiction award for her book, A Feast of Longing. Larry Watson received the 2007 Emeritus Award for his contribution to the literature of the High Plains.
Of the 31 finalists, nine are from Montana and ten are from Canada. The number of Canadian finalist books is particularly fitting since the theme for the 2014 High Plains BookFest is “Border Crossing,” honoring books and writers from our northern neighbors.
The 2014 finalists include:
Fiction – High and Inside – Russell Rowland; Let Him Go – Larry Watson; Songs of Willow Frost – Jamie Ford
Nonfiction – Rough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir – Laurie Wagner Buyer; Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud – James E. Mueller; Traveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy – Julianne Couch
Poetry – Grey Dog Big Sky – Sheryl Noethe; Saving Singletrees – Leo Dangel; To Love That Well: New and Selected Poems 1954-2013 – Robert Pack
First Book – The Last Good Halloween – Giano Cromley; Montana – Gwen Florio; Wounded – Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk
Woman Writer – Clearwater – Kim McCullough; Meadowlark: A Novel – Dawn Wink; The Wittenbergs – Sarah Klassen; Wounded – Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk
Art & Photography – Karl Bodmer’s America Revisited – W.R. Wood and R.M. Lindholm; North Dakota Unforgettable – Chuck Haney; A President in Yellowstone – Frank H. Goodyear III; This Place, These People – David Stark and Nancy Warner
Short Stories – Cowboys and East Indians – Nina McConigley; Little Raw Souls – Steven Schwartz; You Haven’t Changed a Bit – Astrid Blodgett
Young Adult Book – Black Helicopters – Blythe Woolston; The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate – Marty Chan; The Throne – Beth Goobie
Children’s Book – Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding – Marion Mutala; Leaving Mr. Humphries – Alison Lohans; Who Pooped in the Cascades? – Gary D. Robson
Medicine and Science – In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans, and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene – Doug Peacock; Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide – Simon Hebert Allard
Over 125 books were nominated for the 2014 High Plains Book Awards. All the nominated books were read and evaluated by over 130 community volunteers in the first round of the selection process. The finalist books in each category will be judged by writers who have significant connections to the High Plains region, and who have published in the particular category he or she will judge.
The Billings Public Library Board established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006 to recognize regional authors and/or literary works that examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Winners in each category will receive a $500 cash prize at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. Single tickets and tables may be purchased for the banquet by calling 256-0625. The Awards Banquet is a signature event of the Billings Public Library. More information can be found at highplainsbookawards.org
The High Plains Book Awards Banquet is held in conjunction with the 2014 High Plains BookFest. Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner is coordinating the readings and events for the High Plains BookFest. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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