Two University of Wyoming professors are finalists in the fiction category for High Plains Book Awards.
Nominated in the best fiction category are Professor Alyson Hagy and Associate Professor Brad Watson, both in the UW Department of English.
They also are MFA in Creative Writing Program faculty members. Hagy is nominated for her latest book, "Ghosts of Wyoming" (Graywolf Press) and Watson for "Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives" (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.). The third nominated fiction writer is Kansas writer Nancy Pickard for "The Scent of Rain and Lightning."
They join other authors in several categories from Montana, Michigan, Kansas, Massachusetts and Alberta, Canada, as finalists for the High Plains Book Awards, which will be presented at the Parmly Billings Library on Oct. 15 .
The past two months local volunteer book enthusiasts have read and scored more than 80 books entered in six different genres and narrowed the High Plains finalists to the top three or four in each category. The books are now under review by published regional authors, who will select the winners based on both the quality of writing and the book's contribution to the understanding of life on the High Plains.
The High Plains Books Awards are to recognize regional authors or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains, including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and also the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.