Congratulations to the
2017 High Plains Book Awards finalists!

Art & Photography

  • Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonne II by Peter Hassrick, published by The University of Oklahoma Press (Read a Review)
  • Wild Harmony of Glacier National Park by Sumio Harada, published by Sumio Harada
  • Yellowstone Forever: A Decade in Yellowstone National Park by Stephen C. Hinch, published by Steve Hinch Photography (Read a Review)

Children's Book

  • Bears by Ted Rechlin, published by RexTooth Studios (Read a Review)
  • The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers by Avi, published by Candlewick Press
  • Runs With Courage by Joan Wolf, published by Sleeping Bear Press

Creative Nonfiction

  • Happiness is a Rare Bird by Gene Walz, published by Turnstone Press (Read a Review)
  • North of Crazy: A Memoir by Neltje, published by St. Martin's Press (Read a Review)
  • Temperance Creek by Pamela Royes, published by Counterpoint LLC/Soft Skull Press


  • As Good As Gone by Larry Watson, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (Read a Review)
  • The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee, published by HarperCollins Publishers
  • An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson, published by Viking (Read a Review)

First Book

  • Hurt People by Cote Smith, published by FSG Originals
  • Improbable Fortunes by Jeffrey Price, published by Rare Bird
  • Riversong by Alice Colton, published by Sundance Publishing (Read a Review)
  • The Waiting Place by Sharron Arksey, published by Turnstone Press (Read a Review)

Indigenous Writer

  • Burning in This Midnight Dream by Louise Halfe, published by Coteau Books
  • The Traitors of Camp 133 by Wayne Arthurson, published by Turnstone Press
  • Will I See? by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press (Read a Review)

Medicine & Science

  • Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival by Sneed B. Collard III, published by Bucking Horse Books (Read a Review)
  • Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone edited by Marc Beaudin, Max Hjortsberg & Seabring Davis, published by Elk River Books
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America edited by Henry Diaz, Margot Hurlbert & Jim Warren, published by University of Calgary Press


  • Blood on the Marias: The Baker Massacre by Paul Wylie, published by University of Oklahoma Press
  • The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • A Week in Yellowstone's Thorofare: A Journey Through the Remotest Place by Michael Yochim, published by Oregon State University Press


  • It's As Good Here As It Gets Anywhere by Greg Kosmicki, published by WSC Press
  • On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood by Richard Harrison, published by Wolsak and Wynn Publishers (Read a Review)
  • Poems Across the Big Sky II edited by Lowell Jaeger, published by Many Voices Press

Short Stories

  • All I Want Is What You've Got by Glen Chamberlain, published by Dock Street Press (Read a Review)
  • For a Little While by Rick Bass, published by Little Brown and Company (Read a Review)
  • Madagascar: New and Selected Stories by Steven Schwartz, published by Engine Books

Woman Writer

  • Convictions by Judith Silverthorne, published by Coteau Books (Read a Review)
  • Mortal Fall by Christine Carbo, published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster
  • The Waiting Place by Sharron ARksey, published by Turnstone Press (Read a Review)


Young Adult Book

  • Along Comes a Wolfe: A Shepherd & Wolfe Mystery by Angela Counios & David Gane, published by Your Nickel's Worth Publishing (Read a Review)
  • And Then the Sky Exploded by David A. Poulsen, published by Dundurn
  • The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie, published by Second Story Press