2014 High Plains Book Awards Finalists Announced


For Immediate Release: June 6, 2014
Contact:
Dee Ann Redman, Assistant Director
Billings Public Library
510 N Broadway – Billings, MT 59101
redmand@ci.billings.mt.us

2014 High Plains Book Awards Finalists Announced
New High Plains LogoThirty-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 corby@skinnerbenoit.com
Corby Skinner
Skinner/Benoit                                 
PUBLIC RELATIONS, LLC
622 No. 29th    Billings, MT  59101
406-294-2390       Fax 406-294-2394
2014 High Plains Book Awards Finalists Announced

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High Plains Book Awards – Nominations Still Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Billings, Montana – February 16, 2014 –

There is still time to submit nominations for the eighth annual High Plains Book Awards. Nominations will be accepted through March 14, 2014.  For information on how to nominate a book or a writer, go to highplainsbookawards.org. More than 65 nominations have already been sent in, with books originating from small regional presses and major New York City publishers.
The 2014 awards include two new categories, Best Children’s Book and Best Medicine & Science Book.  Nominations are also open for the books published for the first time in 2013 in these following categories:  Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book; Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; Best Short Stories, Best Culinary and Best Young Adult. Winners receive a $500 prize and are honored at the during the annual High Plains BookFest. 
All nominated books are read and evaluated by community readers in the first round of the selection process.  Finalist books in each category are judged by published writers with connections to the High Plains region. 
Winners will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. The Awards Banquet is a signature event held in conjunction with the 12th annual High Plains BookFest. Authors interested in participating in the 2014 BookFest should contact the YMCA Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner corby@skinnerbenoit.com
About the High Plains Book Awards
The Billings Public Library Board established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006 to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which 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.
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High Plains Book Awards NOMINATIONS OPEN THROUGH MARCH 14, 2014


For Immediate Release: 12/20/2013
Contact: Dee Ann Redman, Assistant Director
Billings Public Library
510 N Broadway – Billings, MT 59101
redmand@ci.billings.mt.us

High Plains Book Awards
NOMINATIONS OPEN THROUGH MARCH 14, 2014
Nominations for the eighth annual High Plains Book Awards open January 15, 2014.  Nominations will be accepted through March 14, 2014.  Information and nomination forms can be found at: http:// highplainsbookawards.org.
The Billings Public Library Board of Directors established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006o recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains.  The High Plains region includes Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The 2013 Awards include two new categories, Best Medicine and Science Book and Best Children’s Book.  Nominated books must be published for the first time in 2013.  Other award categories include:  Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book; Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; Best Short Stories; Best Culinary and Best Young Adult.. Winners receive a $500 prize and invited to participate in the annual High Plains BookFest in October 2014.
All nominated books are read and evaluated by community readers.  Finalist books in each category will be announced in late May 2014.  Winners in each category will be determined by a panel of published writers with connections to the High Plains region. Winners will be announced at an Awards Banquet on October 25, 2014, in Billings, Montana. The Awards Banquet is held in conjunction with the annual High Plains BookFest
Writers interested in participating in the 2014 High Plains BookFest should contact the YMCA Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner via email:  corby@skinnerbenoit.com
Questions concerning the nominations process should be directed to:  DeeAnn Redman, Assistant Director, Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT  59101, email:  redmand@ci.billings.mt.us
 Corby Skinner
Skinner/Benoit                                 
PUBLIC RELATIONS, LLC
622 No. 29th    Billings, MT  59101
406-294-2390       Fax 406-294-2394
High Plains Book Awards NOMINATIONS OPEN THROUGH MARCH 14, 2014

High Plains Book Award Nominations


High Plains Book Awards
NOMINATIONS STILL OPEN

Nominations for the seventh annual High Plains Book Awards are still open and will be accepted through March 15, 2013.  For information on how to nominate a book or a writer, go to highplainsbookawards.org. More than 80 nominations have already been sent in from various publishers, including six of the major New York City publishers.
The Parmly Billings Library Board established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006. The awards were established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which 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.
The 2013 awards include two new categories, Best Culinary Book and Best Young Adult Book.  Nominations are also open for the books published for the first time in 2012 in these following categories:  Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book (fiction, non-fiction or poetry); Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; and Best Short Stories. Winners receive a $500 prize and are honored at Book Awards during the annual High Plains BookFest.
Each year, an Emeritus Award is also presented to a regional writer for a body of work.  Past Emeritus winners include noted authors Tom McGuane, Larry Woiwode, Margaret Coel, Gary Ferguson, Louise Erdrich and Larry Watson. 
All nominated books are read and evaluated by community readers in the first round of the selection process.  Finalist books in each category are judged by writers with connections to the High Plains region who have published in the particular category they will judge. 
Winners will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. The Awards Banquet is a signature event held in conjunction with the 11th annual High Plains BookFest. Authors interested in participating in the 2013 BookFest should contact the YMCA Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner corby@skinnerbenoit.com
High Plains Book Award Nominations