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2015 High Plains BookFest & High Plains Book Awards Schedule
HPBA logoThe Writer's Voice and Billings Public Library will present the High Plains BookFest and Book Awards September 30-October 4, 2015 in Billings, Montana.  Please join us for the great programs! Events are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Books by participating writers will be available for purchase at many of these programs.

High Plains Book Award Banquet            

6:00 pm, Saturday, October 3, 2015
Yellowstone Art Museum
401 N 27th St, Billings MT
Tickets $45
Reserve Tickets
                   
High Plains BookFest

Wednesday, September 30
Montana Poetry Slam

6:30 pm
10-12 regional poets complete in 3 rounds of poetry
Visible Vault at the Yellowstone Museum
Ticketed Event: Pay at the door

Friday, October 2
Picturing the West – 12 noon, Friday, October 2

Jennifer Bottomly  O'Looney and Kirby Lambert - Montana's Charlie Russell: Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society
Kristen Inbody and Erin Madison - Montana State Parks: Complete Guide and Travel Companion
Western Heritage Center

Western History – 2pm, Friday, October 2
Jerome A. Greene – American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890
Ken Egan, Jr. – Montana 1864: Indians, Emigrants, and Gold in the Territorial Year
Western Heritage Center

Contemporary Montana Poetry Reading - 7pm, Friday, October 2
Tami Haaland – When We Wake in the Night
David Caserio – The Vanishing
Cara Chamberlain – Hidden Things
Marc Beaudin  Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals
2nd Floor Gallery, Yellowstone Art Museum
Ticketed Event: $7.

Saturday, October 3
Panel Discussions with High Plains Book Award Finalists

First Book Award Finalists - 10 am, Saturday, October 3
Bryce Andrews – Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
Kristen Inbody and Erin Madison – Montana State Parks: Complete Guide and Travel Companion
Visible Vault, Yellowstone Art Museum

Art & Photography Book Award Finalists - 10am, Saturday, October 3
    
Jennifer Bottomly  O'Looney and Kirby Lambert - Montana's Charlie Russell: Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society  
Dave Margoshes - Wilf Perreault: In the Alley / Dans la Ruelle
Murdock Gallery, Yellowstone Art Museum

Children's Book Award Finalists - 11am, Saturday, October 3    
Carrie Roxburgh - Back to Batoche
Val Lawton - Do Trees Sneeze?
Children’s Story Tower, Billings Public Library

Young Adult Book Award Finalists - 1pm, Saturday, October 3
Brenda Baker – Camp Outlook
Regine Haensel - Queen of Fire
Lynn Boughey - Harry Potter and the Art of Spying
Teen Room, Billings Public Library   

Fiction Book Award Finalists - 1pm, Saturday, October 3
    
Carrie La Seur – The Home Place
Laura Pritchett – Stars Go Blue
Visible Vault, Yellowstone Art Museum

Non-Fiction Book Award Finalists - 1pm, Saturday, October 3    
Jerome A. Greene - American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890
Bryce Andrews - Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
H. Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd - The Horse Lover: A Cowboy's Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs
Ken Egan, Jr. - Montana 1864: Indians, Emigrants, and Gold in the Territorial Year
Murdock Gallery, Yellowstone Art Museum

Woman Writer Award Finalists - 2:30pm, Saturday, October 3
Carrie La Seur - The Home Place
Julene Bair - The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning
Vicki Tapia - Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia
Visible Vault, Yellowstone Art Museum

Short Stories Award Finalists - 2:30pm, Saturday, October 3    
Dave Margoshes - God Telling a Joke and Other Stories
Rolli - I Am Currently Working on a Novel
Jamie Lisa Forbes - The Widow Smalls and Other Stories
Great Reading Room, Billings Public Library

Culinary Book Award Finalists - 3pm, Saturday, October 3    
Carole Sullivan, Gatherings: Friends and Recipes from Montana's Mustang Kitchen
Amy Jo Ehman, Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens
Seabring Davis, A Taste of Montana: Favorite Recipes from Big Sky Country
Wild Ginger, Montana & North 27th

High Plains Book Awards Banquet - 6pm, Saturday, October 3
Yellowstone Art Museum

Tickets: highplainsbookawards.org
                   
Sunday, October 4 
Writing Workshop with Julene Bair - 10am-1pm, Sunday, October 4     
MSUB downtown campus
Pre-registration required. Workshop $30. Contact 294-2390 to register.

Poetry Reading
Shann Ray, Balefire
1pm, Sunday, Oct. 4        
Great Reading Room Billings Public Library