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2015 High Plains Book Award Finalists Announced

Our thanks to the hundreds of first-round readers for the High Plains Book Awards, who had the difficult task of selecting their favorites from among a record number of terrific books. The following books are the finalists for the 2015 Awards.

2015 Finalist Books:

Fiction

Any Other Name
The Home Place
Stars Go Blue
Any Other Name
Craig Johnson
Viking Press
The Home Place
Carrie La Seur
HarperCollins
Stars Go Blue
Laura Pritchett

Counterpoint

Nonfiction
American Carnage
Badluck Way
The Horse Lover
Montana 1864
American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890
Jerome A. Greene

University of Oklahoma Press
Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
Bryce Andrews

Atria Books
The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs
H. Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd

University of Nebraska Press
Montana 1864: Indians, Emigrants, and Gold in the Territorial Year
Ken Egan, Jr.

Riverbend Publishing

Poetry
 Balefire
Slant Six
 Splitting an Order
Balefire
Shann Ray

Lost Horse Press
Slant Six
Erin Belieu

Copper Canyon Press
Splitting an Order
Ted Kooser

Copper Canyon Press

First Book

Altitude Adjustment
Badluck Way
Montana State Parks
Altitude Adjustment: A Quest for Love, Home, and Meaning in the Tetons
Mary Beth Baptiste

TwoDot
Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
Bryce Andrews

Atria Books
Montana State Parks: Complete Guide and Travel Companion
Kristen Inbody and Erin Madison

Riverbend Publishing

Woman Writer
The Home Place
 The Ogallala Road
 Somebody Stole My Iron
The Home Place
Carrie La Seur
HarperCollins
The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning
Julene Bair

Viking
Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia
Vicki Tapia
Praeclarus Press
Art & Photography
Charles M Russell
Crown of the Continent
Montana's Charlie Russell
Wilf Perreault - In the Alley
Charles M. Russell: Photographing the Legend
Larry Len Peterson

University of Oklahoma Press
Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies
Steven Gnam
Mountaineers Books

Montana's Charlie Russell: Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society 
Jennifer Bottomly O'Looney and Kirby Lambert

Montana Historical Society Press 
Wilf Perreault: In the Alley / Dans la Ruelle
Wilf Perreault, Timothy Long with Dave Margoshes (ed.)
Coteau Books


Short Stories
God Telling a Joke 
I Am Currently Working on a Novel
The Widow Smalls
God Telling a Joke and Other Stories
Dave Margoshes

Oolichan Books
I Am Currently Working on a Novel
Rolli

Tightrope Books
The Widow Smalls and Other Stories
Jamie Lisa Forbes

Pronghorn Press

Young Adult Book
Camp Outlook
Harry Potter and the Art of Spying
Queen of Fire
Camp Outlook
Brenda Baker

Second Story Press
Harry Potter and the Art of Spying
Lynn Boughey & Peter Earnest

Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Queen of Fire
Regine Haensel

Serimuse Books

Children's Book
 Back to Batoche
 Do Trees Sneeze
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Skies
Back to Batoche
Cheryl Chad
Your Nickel's Worth Publishing
Do Trees Sneeze?
Jean Freeman
Your Nickel's Worth Publishing
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
Sandra Dallas
Sleeping Bear Press

Culinary Book
 Gatherings
 Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens
A Taste of Montana
Gatherings: Friends and Recipes from Montana's Mustang Kitchen
Carole Sullivan
Farcountry Press
Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens
Amy Jo Ehman
MacIntyre Purcell Publishing
A Taste of Montana: Favorite Recipes from Big Sky Country
Seabring Davis
Farcountry Press

hpba logoWinners in each category will receive a $500 cash prize at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 3, 2015 held at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. Single tickets and tables may be purchased for the banquet by contacting the High Plains Book Awards. The Awards Banquet is a signature event of the Billings Public Library.  

The High Plains Book Awards Banquet will be held in conjunction with the 2015 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

Award Sponsors

Billings Public Library Board of Trustees, The Billings Clinic Foundation, Billings Public Library Foundation, Stella Fong & Joe Dillard, Friends of the Billings Public Library, Sharon Ilie, Robert & Susan Lubbers, MSU-Billings, The Ucross Foundation, The Writer's Voice, Yellowstone Art Museum, and the Zonta Club of Billings.

About the High Plains Book Awards
The Billings Public Library Board has established the High Plains Book Awards 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.

For more information, contact us.