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High Plains Book Award Banquet
This year's High Plains Book Award Banquet will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 a the Yellowstone Art Museum (401 N 27th Street) in Billings at 6 pm. The keynote speaker will be award-winning Canadian author Jacqueline Guest.

The Banquet tickets may now be purchased. Tickets are $45 per person or $350 for a table of 8. Tickets may be reserved by calling Connie at 406-697-0225. Payment may be made the evening of the event by cash, credit/debit or by check made out to The Friends of the Library. Those who have reserved tickets may also mail a check made out to The Friends of the Library to: High Plains Book Awards Banquet, 612 Park Lane, Billings, MT 59102.

2014 High Plains Book Award Finalists Announced

The first-round readers for the High Plains Book Awards had the difficult task of selecting their favorites from among a group of extraordinary books. The number of finalists per category may differ due to tied scores or clear breaks in scoring. The following books are the finalists for the 2014 Awards.

2014 Finalist Books:


High and Inside
Let Him Go
Songs of Willow Frost
High and Inside
Russell Rowland
Bangtail Press
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Let Him Go
Larry Watson
Milkweed Editions
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Songs of Willow Frost
Jamie Ford

Ballantine Books
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 Rough Breaks
Shooting Arrows 
Traveling the Power Line
Rough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir
Laurie Wagner Buyer

University of Oklahoma Press
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Shooting Arrows & Slinging Mud: Custer, The Press, and the Little Bighorn
James E. Mueller

University of Oklahoma Press
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Traveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy
Julianne Couch

University of Nebraska Press

 Grey Dog Big Sky
 Saving Singletrees
 To Love That WEll
Grey Dog Big Sky
Sheryl Noethe

Foothills Publishing
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Saving Singletrees
Leo Dangel

WSC Press
To Love That Well: New and Selected Poems 1954-2013
Robert Pack

Lost Horse Press
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First Book

The Last Good Halloween
The Last Good    Halloween
Giano Cromley

Tortoise Books
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Gwen Florio

The Permanent Press
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Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk

Southern Prairie Book Publications
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Woman Writer
 wittenbergs  wounded
Kim McCullough

Coteau Books
Dawn Wink

Pronghorn Press
The Wittenbergs
Sarah Klassen
Turnstone Press
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Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk
Southern Prairie Book Publications
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Art & Photography
america revisited
north dakota a president in yellowstone
this place these people
Karl Bodmer's America Revisited: Landscape Views Across Time
W. R. Wood & R. M. Lindholm

University of Oklahoma Press
North Dakota Unforgettable
Chuck Haney
Farcountry Press
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A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur's 1883 Expedition
Frank H. Goodyear III

University of Oklahoma Press
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This Place, These People
David Stark and Nancy Warner

Columbia University Press

Short Stories
cowboys and east indians little raw souls
you haven't changed a bit
Cowboys and East Indians
Nina McConigley

FiveChapters Books
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Little Raw Souls
Steven Schwartz

Autumn House Press
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You Haven't Changed a Bit
Astrid Blodgett

University of Alberta Press
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Young Adult Book
black helicopters
demon gate
the throne
Black Helicopters
Blythe Woolston

Candlewick Press
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The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate
Marty Chan

FitzHenry & Whiteside
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The Throne
Beth Goobie

Red Deer Press

Children's Book
 baba's babushka  leaving mr. humphries  who pooped in the cascades
Baba's Babushka
Marion Mutala
Your Nickel's Worth Publishing
Leaving Mr. Humphries
Alison Lohans
Your Nickel's Worth Publishing
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Who Pooped in the Cascades? Scat and Tracks for Kids
Gary D. Robson
Farcountry Press

Medicine and Science Book
 in the shadow of the sabertooth  manitoba butterflies
In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene
Doug Peacock
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Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide
Simone Hebert Allard
TurnStone Press
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hpba logoWinners 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 406-256-0625. 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 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

Award Sponsors

Billings Public Library Board of Trustees, Billings Public Library Foundation, Stella Fong & Joe Dillard, Friends of the Billings Public Library, Sharon Ilie, Robert & Susan Lubbers, Joan McCracken, 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.

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