2020 Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 High Plains Book Award winners!

  • Art & Photography: Victor Cicansky: The Gardener’s Universe/L’Univers d’un Jardinier, Timothy Long and Julia Krueger, editors, Regina, Saskatchewan. Published by Mackenzie Art Gallery, .
  • Children’s Book: Howl: A New Look at the Big Bad Wolf, by Ted Rechlin, Helena, Montana. Published by RexTooth Studios
  • Creative Nonfiction: Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, by Pam Houston, Creede, Colorado. Published by W. W. Norton & Company
  • Fiction: Fall Back Down When I Die, by Joe Wilkins,  McMinnville, Oregon. Published by Little, Brown and Company.
  • First Book: Reckless Steps Toward Sanity: A Memoir, by Judith Sara Gelt, Centennial, Colorado. Published by University of New Mexico Press.
  • Indigenous Writer: From the Ashes: My Story of Being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way, by Jesse Thistle, Hamilton, Ontario. Published by Simon & Schuster Canada.
  • Medicine & Science: Six Hundred Generations: an Archaeological History of Montana, by Carl M. Davis. Missoula, Montana. Published by Riverbend Press
  • Nonfiction: Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power, by Pekka Hamalainen, Oxford, United Kingdom. Published by Yale University Press
  • Poetry: Wilderness//Kingdom, by Jory Mickelson, Bellingham, Washington. Published by Floating Bridge Press
  • Short Stories: Winning Chance, by Katherine Koller,  Edmonton, Alberta. Published by Great Plains Publications
  • Woman Writer: River People, by Margaret Lukas, Omaha, Nebraska. Published by BQB Publishing.
  • Young Adult: Cold White Sun, by Sue Farrell Holler, Grand Prairie, Alberta. Published by Groundwood Books.
  • Big Sky Award: Voices Of Yellowstone’s Capstone, Traute N. Parrie and Jesse A. Logan, editors, Red Lodge, Montana. Published by Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation.

    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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