2022 Finalists

2022 High Plains Book Awards Finalists

Art & Photography

  • Bison: Portrait of an Icon by Audrey Hall and Chase Reynolds Ewald; published by Gibbs Smith Books
  • Jon Lodge: Fracture by Brandon Reintjes and Gordon McConnell; published by Missoula Art Museum
  • George Carlson: The American West by Todd Wilkinson; published by Rizzoli New York

Children’s Book

  • The Undercover Book List by Colleen Nelson; published by Pajama Press
  • The Mystery of the Giant Kohlrabi by Sharon Plumb; self-published
  • Dear Peter, Dear Ulla by Barbara Nickel; published by Thistledown Press

Creative Nonfiction

  • Helmi’s Shadow: A Journey of Survival from Russia to East Asia to the American West by David Horgan; published by University of Nevada Press
  • We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton; published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood by Julian Rubinstein; published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux


  • Let the Wild Grasses Grow by Kase Johnstun; published by Torry House Press
  • And It Will Be a Beautiful Life by Craig Lancaster; published by The Story Plant
  • Daughter of the Morning Star: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson; published by Viking

First Book

  • Miraculous Sickness by ky perraun; published by At Bay Press
  • Cockeyed Happy: Ernest Hemingway’s Wyoming Summers with Pauline by Darla Worden; published by Chicago Review Press
  • Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice by Katherine Wiltenburg Todrys; published by Bison Books

Indigenous Writer

  • 20.12m: A Short Story Collection of a Life Lived as a Road Allowance Métis by Arnolda Dufour Bowes; published by Gabriel Dumont Institute Press
  • Standoff: Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Sacred Lands by Jacqueline Keeler; published by Torrey House Press
  • Kitotam by John Brady McDonald; published by Radiant Press

Medicine & Science

  • We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton; published by HarperCollins Publishers, Ltd.
  • Wild Rescues: A Paramedic’s Extreme Adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton by Kevin Grange; published by Chicago Review Press
  • The Scenic Geology of Alberta: A Roadside Touring and Hiking Guide by Dale Leckie; self-published


  • No One Dare Call Her A Liar by Larry Lee Kruckenberg; self-published
  • A History of Montana in 101 Objects: Artifacts and Essays from the Montana Historical Society by the Montana Historical Society, Kirby Lambert and Tom Ferris; published by the Montana Historical Society Press
  • We Are All Perfectly Fine: A Memoir of Love, Medicine and Healing by Jillian Horton; published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.


  • No Way: An American Tao Te Ching by David Romtvedt; published by Louisiana State University Press
  • The Track the Whales Make: New and Selected Poems by Marjorie Saiser; published by University of Nebraska Press
  • awâsis—kinky and disheveled by Louise B. Halfe – Sky Dancer; published by Brick Books

Short Stories

  • Site Fidelity by Claire Boyles; published by WW Norton
  • What If We Were Somewhere Else by Wendy J. Fox; published by the Santa Fe Writers Project
  • The Broken World by Tom Vandel; self-published

Woman Writer

  • The Stone Sister by Caroline Patterson; published by Black Lawrence Press
  • Ancestors: Indigenous Peoples of Western Canada in Historic Photographs by Sarah Carter and Inez Lightning; published by Bruce Peel Special Collections, University of Alberta Library
  • The Call of the Last Frontier: The True Story of a Woman’s Twenty-Year Alaska Adventure by Melissa Cook; self-published

Young Adult Book

  • Alone by Megan E. Freeman; published by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
  • The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. by Colleen Nelson; published by Dundurn Press
  • When You Least Expect It by Lorna Schultz Nicholson; published by Red Deer Press

    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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