Shann Ferch was a double winner in the High Plains Book Awards Saturday, taking top honors in first book and short story categories.
Ferch, who writes fiction under the pen name of Shann Ray, won both awards for “American Masculine,” a book of short stories about men living harsh lives in Montana.
Ferch, who was a basketball standout in Livingston and later Montana State University in Bozeman, now teaches at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.
Other winners, their books and categories were:
-- Sara Wiles, “Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation,” Art and Photography.
-- Jenny Shank, “The Ringer,” Fiction.
-- Chere Jiusto and Christine W. Brown, “Hand Raised: The Barns of Montana,” Nonfiction.
-- Jim Harrison, “Songs of Unreason,” Poetry.
-- Patricia Frolander, “Married into It,” Woman Writer.
Tom McGuane of McLeod received the emeritus award for his novels, screenplays, short fiction and essays. His most recent work is the novel “Driving on the Rim” and a short story collection, “Gallatin Canyon.”
Parmly Billings Library established the awards to recognize regional authors and literary works which examine life in the states of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The awards are given in conjunction of the High Plains BookFest.