High Plains Book Awards finalists

2013-10-20T00:00:00Z High Plains Book Awards finalists The Billings Gazette
October 20, 2013 12:00 am

Winners of the 2013 High Plains Book Awards will be announced Saturday at a 6 p.m. banquet at Yellowstone Art Museum.

 

Art & Photography

“The Diamond Willow Walking Stick: A Traditional Metis Story About Generosity” by Leah Marie Dorion, Gabriel Dumont Institute

From the Gazette review, Aug. 11: “a beautifully illustrated book based on a Metis elder’s remembrances of his grandparents’ teachings."

 

"Montana: Real Place, Real People" by Alan P. Kesselheim and Thomas Lee, Companion Press

From the Gazette review, Sept. 22: "Kasselheim’s knack for making the mundane relevant creates a wonderful patchwork of the more subtle aspects of Montana, through people you might ordinarily overlook."

 

"The North American Journals of Prince Maximilien of Wied," edited by Marsha V. Gallagher, University of Oklahoma Press

From the Gazette review, Sept. 8: "the work of a brilliant observer who was dedicated to providing an accurate record of a most remarkable and significant world."

 

Culinary Book

"Celebrating Home: A Handbook for Gracious Living" by Christy Rost and Rock Souders, Bright Sky Press

From the Gazette review, Oct. 13: "Rost has plenty to offer regarding hospitality, and the celebration of joys to be found among family and friends in the home is a universal pleasure."

 

"Food For the Gods" by Karen Dudley, Turnstone Press

From The Gazette review, Oct. 13: "Dudley took me on a romp through ancient Athens that thoroughly captured my attention and wiped away my prejudice."

 

"Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet" by dee Hobsbawn-Smith, TouchWood Editions

From the Gazette review, Aug. 25: "less cookbook — though it contains 26 recipes — and more treatise on the importance of knowing where our food comes from and how it is grown and raised."

 

Fiction

"Canada" by Richard Ford, HarperCollins

From the Gazette review, July 29, 2012: "Ford is a master of introducing very unusual events and then having the story veer off in a completely unexpected direction."

 

"The Round House" by Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins

From The Gazette review, Sept. 29: "'The Round House' is a must read — twice at least. It’s a superlative testimony to Louise Erdrich’s prowess and stature as one of our great American writers."

 

"The Royal Wulff Murders" by Keith McCafferty, Penguin Group USA

From the Gazette review, Sept. 8: "The subject of fly fishing is dealt with so well, both emotionally and technically, that I was eventually supremely frustrated."

 

First Book

"The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre" by Sarah Kathryn York, Coteau Books

From the Gazette review, July 28: "Her wonderful and touching novel explores the relationship between the body and the life lived."

 

"The Boarding House" by Marcia Melton, Raven Publishing

From the Gazette review, Sept. 1: "Melton has smoothly integrated fact and fiction so that readers, drawn into a heartfelt story, barely notice being educated."

 

"Fobbit" by David Abrams, Grove/Atlantic

From the Gazette review, Sept. 9, 2012: "Where 'Catch-22' was the novel of the language of World War II, 'Fobbit' is the novel of the language of the war on terror."

 

Nonfiction

"Deliverance from the Little Big Horn" by Joan Nabseth Stevenson, University of Oklahoma Press

From the Gazette review, Nov. 11, 2012: "Perhaps the most striking aspect of Stevenson’s account is the exacting detail with which she is able to relate these events."

 

"Let Them Paddle" by Alan Kesselheim, Fulcrum Publishing

From The Gazette review, Sept. 29: "Like Eli, Sawyer and Ruby, the reader is not the same after putting on the river with Alan S. Kesselheim."

 

"Visions and Voices: Montana's One Room Schoolhouses" by Charlotte Caldwell, Barn Board Press

From the Gazette review, July 14: "Readers with rural school experience are likely to treasure the storehouse of memories that "Visions and Voices" represents."

 

"Wagons East" by Victoria Taylor, Your Nickel's Worth Publishing

From the Gazette review, Oct. 6: "With casual diction and a mostly humorous tone, Taylor shows what can happen when you sell everything and begin again."

 

Poetry

"I See My Love More Clearly from a Distance" by Nora Gould, Brick Books

From the Gazette review, Aug. 4: "the connection that Gould illuminates between a woman’s body and the prairie transcends mere hardship in its sensuality."

 

“Nakoda Sky People” by Minerva Allen, Many Voices Press

From the Gazette review, July 21: "Though 'Nakoda Sky People' sometimes takes us back to compromised traditional lifeways and failed endeavors, it is not a sad, regretful or angry book. Indeed, it celebrates adaptability."

 

"Notes From the Journey Westward" by Joe Wilkins, White Pine Press

From the Gazette review, Oct. 6: "It is admirably consistent and meditative, relentlessly honest in its rejection of any romantic version of the West, and reverent before stars and morning, before the earth and the people who have survived on it."

 

Short Stories

"Dominant Traits" by Eric Freeze, Dufour Editions

From the Gazette review, Sept. 15: "a diverse short-story collection about the powerful needs that shape human lives, sometimes against our best judgment."

 

"Western Taxidermy" by Barb Howard, NeWest Press

From the Gazette review, Sept. 15: "Quirky, entirely western characters surprise us with peculiar actions, at first blush unbelievable; yet on closer examination, these individuals are not unlike our neighbors, ourselves."

 

"What You Get At Home" by Dora Dueck, Turnstone Press

From the Gazette review, Aug. 18: "Dueck’s collection is immensely satisfying and personal in a way you don’t often find in contemporary fiction."

 

Woman Writer

"Blood and Salt" by Barbara Sapergia, Coteau Books

From the Gazette review, Aug. 4: "The novel’s pacing speeds up dramatically in its final 75 pages, and not even the shrewdest of readers would anticipate some of its key plot twists."

 

"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" by Emily M. Danforth, HarperCollins

From the Gazette review, Aug. 25: "a refreshing coming-of-age tale that vividly shares a young woman’s struggle to grow up independently in a world where adults have designed life’s blueprints to reflect their own dogma and disillusionment."

 

"Deliverance From the Little Big Horn" by Joan Nabseth Stevenson, University of Oklahoma Press

Also nominated in the nonfiction category.

 

Young Adult Book

"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" by Emily M. Danforth, HarperCollins

Also nominated in the woman writer category.

 

"Dead Girl Moon" by Charlie Price, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux

From the Gazette review, Sept. 22: "a story of tortured, disillusioned teens scraping for survival in a wretched, unforgiving version of small-town America."

 

"Outcasts of River Falls" by Jacqueline Guest, Coteau Books

From the Gazette review, Sept. 1: "This wonderful, evenly paced novel ... provides a delightful read for young adults and literary devotees of any age."

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