2019 Finalists

Congratulations to the 2019 High Plains Book Awards finalists!

Art & Photography

  • Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West by Dr. Peter H. Hassrick et al, published by University of Oklahoma Press
  • Bert Riggall’s Greater Waterton by Beth Towe, published by Fifth House Publishers
  • An Honest, Genial and Kindly People by Adrian K Paton, self-published
  • Plains Indian Buffalo Cultures: Art From the Paul Dyck Collection by Emma I. Hansen, published by University of Oklahoma Press
Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West
Bert Riggall's Greater Waterton
An Honest, Genial and Kindly People
Plains Indian Buffalo Cultures: Art From the Paul Dyck Collection

Children’s Book

  • Double! Not Half by Rodney Gottula, self-published (read a review)
  • My Buddy, Dido by Marion Mutala, published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing (read a review)
  • Prison Paws: Max’s Story by Donna Cochran, self-published (read a review)
Double! Not Half
My Buddy Dido!
Prison Paws: Max's Story

Creative Nonfiction

  • Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption by Susan Devan Harness, published by University of Nebraska Press (read a review)
  • Petting Tigers: My Life as a Witness of Jehovah by Shelley Smith Jones, self-published
  • Warblers and Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding by Sneed B. Collard III, published by Mountaineers Books
  • West to Montana by Christine Wortman-Engren, published by Farcountry Press
Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption
Petting Tigers: My Life as a Witness of Jehovah
Warblers and Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding
West to Montana

Fiction

  • A Death in Eden by Keith McCafferty, published by Penguin Random House
  • The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson, published by HarperCollins (read a review)
  • Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde, published by Penguin Random House
  • The River by Starlight, by Ellen Notbohm, published by She Writes Press
A Death in Eden
The Flicker of Old Dreams
Go Ask Fannie
The River by Starlight

First Book

  • Double! Not Half by Rodney Gottula, self-published (read a review)
  • One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From The World At Large by Chris La Tray, published by Riverfeet Press (read a review)
  • Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism and the Fight to Feed the World by Trina Moyles, published by University of Regina Press (read a review)
Double! Not Half
One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From The World At Large
Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism and the Fight to Feed the World

Indigenous Writer

  • AwÃsis and the World-Famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt, published by HighWater Press
  • Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption by Susan Devan Harness, published by University of Nebraska Press (read a review)
  • One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From The World At Large by Chris La Tray, published by Riverfeet Press
AwÃsis and the World-Famous Bannock
Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption
One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From The World At Large

Medicine & Science

  • Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion’s Soul through Science and Story by Leslie Patten, self-published (read a review)
  • Psychedelic Revolutionaries: LSD and the Birth of Hallucinogenic Research by Patrick W. Barber, published by University of Regina Press (read a review)
  • Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen, published by Simon & Schuster (read a review)
Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion's Soul through Science and Story
Psychedelic Revolutionaries: LSD and the Birth of Hallucinogenic Research
Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

Nonfiction

  • An African In Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A. B. C. Merriman-Labor by Danell Jones, published by Hurst/Oxford University Press
  • Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains: The Last Great Hunts and Saving the Buffalo by Francie M. Berg, published by Hettinger Dakota Buttes Visitors Council
  • Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates by Matthew J. Kauffman, published by Oregon State University Press
An African In Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A. B. C. Merriman-Labor
Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains: The Last Great Hunts and Saving the Buffalo
Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming's Ungulates

Poetry

  • All That Held Us by Henrietta Goodman. published by BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Blackbird Song by Randy Lundy, published by University of Regina Press
  • Heavy by Joy M. Brown, self-published
  • View from True North by Sara Henning published by Southern Illinois University Press
All That Held Us
Blackbird Song
Heavy
View From True North

Short Stories

  • Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories by Thomas McGuane, published by Vintage Books
  • Come West and See: Stories by Maxim Loskutoff, published by W. W. Norton & Company
  • Thorn-Field by James Trettwer, published by Thistledown Press
Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories
Come West and See: Stories
Thorn-Field

Woman Writer

  • Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption by Susan Devan Harness, published by University of Nebraska Press (read a review)
  • Buried by Ruth Chorney, self-published (read a review)
  • The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson, published by HarperCollins (read a review)
Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption
Buried
The Flicker of Old Dreams

Young Adult Book

  • Bronte’s Thunder by Lucinda Stein, self-published
  • Sadia by Colleen Nelson, published by Dundurn
  • Wolfe in Shepherd’s Clothing: A Shepherd & Wolfe Mystery by Counios & Gane, published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing
Bronte's Thunder
Sadia
Wolfe in Shepherd's Clothing

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