2018 Finalists

Congratulations to the 2018 High Plains Book Awards finalists!

Art & Photography

  • Islands of Grass by Trevor Herriot, published by Coteau Books
  • Theodore Waddell: My Montana by Rick Newby, published by The Drumlummon Institute
  • The Writing on the Wall: The Work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert by Lindsey V. Sharman, published by The University of Calgary Press

Children’s Book

  • Blue Corn Soup by Caroline Stutson, published by Sleeping Bear Press
  • What I Saw in Glacier by Ellen Horowitz, published by Riverbend Publishing
  • What I Saw in Grand Teton by Julie Gillum Lue, 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
  • Headlights on the Prairie: Essays on Home by Robert Rebeing, published by University Press of Kansas
  • Homestead Soldiers by Bill Jones, Self-published

Fiction

  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, published by Viking Books
  • Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford, published by Ballantine Books
  • The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison, published by Counterpoint Press

First Book

  • Bad Kansas by Becky L. Mandelbaum, published by the University of Georgia Press
  • Encountering Riel by David Orr, published by Stonehouse Publishing
  • The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms by Chauna Craig, published by Press 53

Indigenous Writer

  • Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers, and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet by Rosalyn R. LaPier, published by the University of Nebraska Press
  • Métis Christmas Mittens by Leah Marie Dorion, published by the Gabriel Dumont Institute Press
  • 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
  • Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks by Dale Leckie, published by Broken Poplars Press
  • A Surgeon with Custer at the Little Big Horn: James DeWolf’s Diary and Letters, 1876 by Todd E. Harburn, published by the University of Oklahoma Press

Nonfiction

  • Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood that Stained an American Family by Jane Little Botkin, published by the University of Oklahoma Press
  • The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands by Chris Turner, published by Simon and Schuster Canada
  • Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon by John Clayton, published by Pegasus Books

Poetry

  • The Bunch Grass Motel: The Collected Poems of Randall Gloege by Randall Gloege, published by the University of Montana Press
  • Hose and Iron: Selected Poems by Greg Kuzma, published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press
  • 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
  • What We Build Upon the Ruins by Giano Cromley, published by Tortoise Books
  • The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms by Chauna Craig, published by Press 53

Woman Writer

  • Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith, published by Forge Books
  • The Last Chance Ladies’ Book Club by Marlis Wesseler, published by Signature Editions
  • Pemmican Wars, Vol 1: A Girl Called Echo by Katherena Vermette, published by HighWater Press

Young Adult Book

  • Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson, published by Dundurn
  • Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival by Matthew P. Mayo, published by Five Star Publishing
  • Strangers, Book 1, the Reckoner Trilogy by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press

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