High Plains Book Awards 2022 Finalists Announced | Books

Billings Gazette

The 2022 High Plains Book Awards finalists were recently revealed, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 8, 2022 in Billings.

All of the nominated works – a record 294 this year – have been read and rated by community readers. Winners in each category will be determined by a jury of published writers with ties to the High Plains region.

This year, 10 of the finalists were from Montana, four from Wyoming and Colorado, two from Oregon and one from New York, Utah and Nevada, as well as 13 authors from Canada.

Nominated books must have been first published in 2021. Each winner will receive a $500 prize and a commemorative plaque.

Finalists in 12 categories are listed below. Finalists for the Big Sky Award, given to the best book by a Montana author, will be announced separately.

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The High Plains Book Awards honor regional authors and/or literary works that examine and reflect life in 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.

The Billings Public Library Board first established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006. The awards are now an independent, non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.highplainsbookawards.org or email [email protected]

Colin L. Johnson