2018 Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 High Plains Book Award winners!

  • Art & Photography: Theodore Waddell: My Montana by Rick Newby, published by The Drumlummon Institute
  • Children’s Book: What I Saw in Glacier by Ellen Horowitz, published by Riverbend Publishing.
  • Creative Nonfiction: A Darkness Lit by Heroes: The Granite Mountain- Speculator Mine Disaster of 1917 by Doug Ammons, published by Water Nymph Press.
  • Fiction: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, published by Viking Books.
  • First Book: Bad Kansas by Becky Mandelbaum, published by The University of Georgia Press.
  • Indigenous Writer: Strangers: Book 1, The Reckoner Trilogy by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press
  • Medicine & Science: The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands by Chris Turner, published by Simon & Schuster Canada
  • Nonfiction: Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon by John Clayton, published by Pegasus Books.
  • Poetry: Throwing the Diamond Hitch by Emily Ursuliak, published by The University of Calgary Press
  • Short Stories: Maple & Lead by Aaron Parrett, published by Territorial Press
  • Woman Writer: The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club by Marlis Wesseler, published by Signature Editions.
  • Young Adult: Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival by Matthew P. Mayo, published by Five Star Publishing

    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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