2021 Finalists

2021 High Plains Book Awards Finalists

Art & Photography

  • Borderlands by Mark Vitaris, published by Frontenac House Ltd.(Read a review)
  • A Corner of Space and Time: Lee Nye’s Eddie’s Club Portraits by Jean Belangie-Nye, Aaron Teasdale, and Benjamin Ferencz, published by Nye Imagery, Ltd and The Design Cooperative (Read a review)
  • The Indian’s Pony: From Bones to Bronze by Gerald Anthony Shippen, published by WordsWorth (Read a review)

Children’s Book

  • Harvey Holds His Own by Colleen Nelson, illustrated by Tara Anderson, published by Pajama Press (Read a review)
  • The Nighthawk’s Harmonica: A Montana Roundup Story by Marcia Melton, published by Farcountry Press (Read a review)
  • On a Good Horse by Darby Karchut, published by Owl Hollow Press (Read a review)

Creative Nonfiction

  • Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory by David A. Robertson, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. (Read a review)
  • Cheatgrass Dreams by Theodore Waddell, published by Farcountry Press (Read a review)
  • The 10 Greatest Gifts We Give Each Other: A Memoir on the Magic of Marriage Vows by Barbara Lynn-Vannoy, published by Admont Press (Read a review)

Fiction

  • August by Callan Wink, published by Random House (Read a review)
  • In the Shadow of Dora: A Novel of the Holocaust and the Apollo Program by Patrick Hicks, published by Stephen F Austin State University Press/Texas A&M Press (Read a review)
  • Ruthie Fear by Maxim Loskutoff, published by W. W. Norton & Company (Read a review)

First Book

  • The Big Quiet: One Woman’s Horseback Ride Home by Lisa D. Stewart, published by Meadowlark Press (Read a review)
  • The Response of Weeds by Bertrand Bickersteth, published by NeWest Press (Read a review)
  • Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, published by Ecco/HarperCollins (Read a review)

Indigenous Writer

  • Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory by David A. Robertson, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. (Read a review)
  • Field Notes for the Self by Randy Lundy, published by University of Regina Press (Read a review)
  • Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, published by Ecco/HarperCollins (Read a review)

Medicine & Science

  • Roadside Geology of Montana by Donald W. Hyndman & Robert C. Thomas, published by Mountain Press Publishing (Read a review)

Nonfiction

  • The Grizzly in the Driveway by Rob Chaney, published by University of Washington Press (Read a review)
  • Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country’s Love Affair with the World’s Most Famous Writer by Gretchen E. Minton, published by University of New Mexico Press (Read a review)
  • Taken by the Muse by Anne Wheeler, published by NeWest Press (Read a review)

Poetry

  • The Bestiary by Dennis Cooley published by Turnstone Press (Read a review)
  • Ghosts Still Linger by Kat Cameron, published by University of Alberta Press (Read a review)
  • The Response of Weeds by Bertrand Bickersteth, published by NeWest Press (Read a review)

Short Stories

  • Dear Hearts by Barbara Miller Biles published by Inanna Publications (Read a review)
  • If Sylvie Had Nine Lives by Leona Theis, published by Freehand Books (Read a review)
  • Vermin by Lori Hahnel, published by Enfield & Wizenty/Great Plains Publications (Read a review)

Woman Writer

  • The Historians by Cecilia Ekbäck, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. (Read a review)
  • Revery: A Year of Bees by Jenna Butler, published by Wolsak and Wynn Publishers (Read a review)
  • Second Wind by Patricia Frolander, published by High Plains Press (Read a review)

Young Adult Book

  • Dilly by Matthew P. Mayo, published by Five Star Publishing (Read a review)
  • Journeyman: The Story of NHL Right Winger Jamie Leach by Anna Rosner, published by Yellow Dog/Great Plains Publications (Read a review)
  • Opulence, Kansas by Julie Stielstra, published by Meadowlark Press (Read a review)

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