2022 High Plains Book Awards

You're Invited!

Please join us Saturday, October 8th, 2022 for the 2022 High Plains Book Awards Celebration. This all-day celebration is packed with presentations and events from our 2022 Finalists, culminating in our 2022 Awards Presentation where winners in each category will be announced!


Schedule of Events:
Author Panels and Presentations: 11am-5pm, Billings Public Library Community Room
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words? — Exploring the visual aspects of books intended for adults, featuring David Horgan, Kirby Lambert, Dale Leckie, Jon Lodge and Gordon McConnell
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Writing About Real Events — Determining when fictionalizing a story makes sense, featuring Claire Boyles, Melissa Cook, Larry Lee Kruckenberg, Caroline Patterson and Tom Vandel.
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Books as Our Social Conscience — Discussing literature as a way to raise awareness, featuring Arnolda Dufour Bowes, Chase Reynolds Ewald, Audrey Hall, Jacqueline Keeler, David Romtvedt and Todd Wilkinson
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Does Genre Matter in Storytelling? — Examining how storytelling varies across genres and what that means, featuring Juliana Clayton, Wendy J. Fox, Louise B. Halfe-Sky Dancer, Craig Johnson, Kase Johnstun and Craig Lancaster.
  • 4 to 5 p.m.: Writing for Young People — Considering what is different about writing for a younger audience, featuring Megan E. Freeman, Lorna Schultz Nicholson, Barbara Nickel and Sharon Plumb
Book Sale: 11am-5pm, Billings Public Library Community Room
Awards Ceremony: 7:30pm, MSUB Student Union Building (SUB), Petro Theater


Community is an integral aspect to the High Plains Book Awards, and we hope to see you there!
Community of Readers

The initial reading of nominated titles is completed with the assistance of our community readers, who provide the initial evaluation of the books.

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The High Plains Book Awards could not exist without the sponsorship of people and organizations who care about literature.

    The Billings Public Library Board has established the High Plains Book Awards to recognize regional 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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