Previous High Plains Book Award Winners

2017
Fiction - The Bones of Paradise - Jonis Agee
Nonfiction - The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero - Timothy Egan
First Book - Hurt People - Cote Smith
Poetry - Poems Across the Big Sky II - Lowell Jaeger, editor
Woman Writer - Mortal Fall - Christine Carbo
Art & Photography - Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raissonne II - Peter Hassrick
Short Stories - For a Little While - Rick Bass
Young Adult - The Pain Eater- Beth Goobie
Children's Book - Runs With Courage - Joan Wolf
Medicine & Science - Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science and Survival - Sneed B. Collard III
Creative Nonfiction - Temperance Creek - Pamela Royes
Indigenous Writer - Burning in This Midnight Dream - Louise Halfe

2016
Fiction - Madder Carmine - Tyler Enfield
Nonfiction - Colorado: A Historical Atlas - Thomas J. Noel
First Book - The Actor - Beth Hunter McHugh
Poetry - Red Canyon Falling on Churches - Juliana Aragon Fatula
Woman Writer - Wolf Winter - Cecelia Ekback
Art & Photography - Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek - Thomas D. Mangelsen & Todd Wilkinson
Short Stories - Far Enough: A Western in Fragments - Joe Wilkins
Young Adult - Am I the Only One? Struggling Being a Teen - Treena Wynes
Children's Book - Cub's Journey Home - Georgia Graham
Medicine & Science - Glacier National Park After Dark - John Ashley
Creative Nonfiction - Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer - Patrick Dobson

2015
Fiction - Stars Go Blue - Laura Pritchett
Nonfiction - Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West - Bryce Andrews
First Book - Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West - Bryce Andrews
Poetry - Balefire - Shann Ray
Woman Writer - The Home Place - Carrie La Seur
Art & Photography - Charles M. Russell: Photographing the Legend - Larry Len Peterson
Short Stories - The Widow Smalls and Other Stories - Jamie Lisa Forbes
Young Adult - Camp Outlook - Brenda Baker
Culinary - A Taste of Montana: Favorite Recipes from Big Sky Country - Seabring Davis
Children's Book - Back to Batoche - Cheryl Chad

2014
FictionLet Him Go - Larry Watson
NonfictionRough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir - Laurie Wagner Buyer
First BookMontana - Gwen Florio
PoetryGrey Dog Big Sky - Sheryl Noethe
Woman WriterClearwater - Kim McCullough
Art & PhotographyKarl Bodmer's America Revisited: Landscape Views Over Time - W. R. Wood & R. M. Lindholm
Short Stories Cowboys and East Indians - Nina McConigley
Young Adult Black Helicopters - Blythe Woolston
Children's BookBaba's Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Wedding - Marion Mutala
Medicine & ScienceIn the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene - Doug Peacock

2013
FictionThe Round House - Louise Erdrich
Nonfiction Deliverance From the Little Big Horn - Joan Nabseth Stevenson
First BookThe Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre - Sarah Kathryn York
PoetryNotes From the Journey Westward - Joe Wilkins
Woman WriterThe Miseducation of Cameron Post - Emily M. Danforth
Art & PhotographyMontana: Real Place, Real People - Alan S. Kesselheim & Thomas Lee
Short StoriesWhat You Get At Home - Dora Dueck
CulinaryFoodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet - Dee Hobsbawn-Smith
Young AdultThe Miseducation of Cameron Post - Emily M. Danforth

2012
EmeritusThomas McGuane
Fiction The Ringer - Jenny Shank
Nonfiction Hand Raised:  The Barns of Montana - Chere Jiusto & Christine W. Brown
First BookAmerican Masculine - Shann Ray
PoetrySongs of Unreason - Jim Harrison
Woman Writer Married Into It - Patricia Frolander
Art & PhotographyArapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation - Sara Wiles
Short StoriesAmerican Masculine - Shann Ray

2011
Emeritus - Larry Woiwode
Fiction - Ghosts of Wyoming - Alyson Hagy
Nonfiction - Bloodshed at Little Bighorn: Sitting Bull, Custer, and the Destinies of Nations - Tim Lehman
First Book - 
Bound Like Grass: A Memoir From the Western High Plains - Ruth McLaughlin
Poetry - Horse Tracks - Henry Real Bird
Woman Writer - Goodbye Wifes and Daughters - Susan Kushner Resnick
Art & Photography - Visions of the Big Sky - Dan Flores


2010
Emeritus - Margaret Coel
Fiction - Twisted Tree - Kent Meyers
Nonfiction - Lanterns on the Prairie: The Blackfeet Photographs of Walter McClintock - Steven L. Grafe, Editor
First Book - 600 Hours of Edward - Craig Lancaster
Poetry - Holding Everything Down - William Notter
Woman Writer - No Place Like Home - Linda Hasselstrom

2009
Emeritus - Louise Erdrich
Fiction - So Brave, Young and Handsome - Leif Enger
Nonfiction - In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein - Peter H. Hassrick and Elizabeth J. Cunningham
First Book - Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith - Margot Kahn
Poetry - Made Flesh - Craig Arnold
Woman Writer - Road Map to Holland - Jennifer Graf Groneberg

2008
Emeritus - Gary Ferguson
Fiction - A Feast of Longing - Sarah Klassen
Nonfiction - Charles M. Russell: A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©  - B. Byron Price, Editor
First Book - Migration Patterns: Stories - Gary Schanbacher

2007
Emeritus - Larry Watson
Book of the Year - Indians And Emigrants: Encounters on the Overland Trails - Michael L. Tate
Best New Book - Jay Cooke's gamble : the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux, and the Panic of 1873 - M. John Lubetkin